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Light microscopes

The following is a list of some of the best microscopes available directly from Amazon.

  • Microscopes are in the order of highest cost to lowest.
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AmScope 50X-1000X Advanced Upright Polarized-light Microscope with 6MP Actively-cooled CCD Camera


Upright polarized-light microscope for metallurgical, mineralogical, and biological applications
Infinity-corrected optical system with stress-free, plan-achromatic objective lenses
Polarized episcopic and diascopic light-sources
Highly-sensitive CCD imaging system with active cooling

The PZ620T is an upright polarized-light microscope with transmitted and refelcted light, and infinity-corrected, stress-free optics. Episcopic and sub-stage polarizers offer polarization of both light-sources, allowing this microscope to be used for metallurgical, mineralogical, and biological applications. The quintuple nosepiece with centerable ports can hold five of the seven included plan-achromatic objective lenses, which can be alternated depending on the application. The addition of a Bertrand lens allows easy viewing of conoscopic interference patterns. The analyzer features a full-range dial for adjustable cross-polarization. An assortment of retardationplates are incuded to further aid in analysis.

The graduated, circular stage provides 360° of rotation for birefingence-testing, as well as a mechanical caliper for X-Y translation.

The highly-sensitive 6MP color CCD digital camera provides a temperature-controlled, low-light imaging solution, ideal for fluorescence microscopy. The large, CCD sensor produces low-noise images, thanks in-part to a controllable internal cooling unit. The camera captures still images and video, and allows you to view a live stream on your PC. Because of the CCD's "global shutter" design, it eliminates rolling-shutter artifacts. With software available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, it's a multi-platform imaging solution. The included Windows software offers image-development and measurement tools, as well as advanced compositing features such as image-stitching and extended-depth-of-focus. Independent preview and capture resolutions allow you to view high-speed video while capturing high-definition images. For Mac and Linux, there is a lite version with limited processing features.
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