How to Choose the Right Microscope for Your Research Lab

How to Choose the Right Microscope for Your Research Lab

Scientific research often involves studying specimens that are invisible to the naked eye, which is why a quality microscope is an essential part of your lab equipment and supplies. How do you determine which style is best suited for your needs?

Tips for Selecting a Microscope for a Research Lab

  • A traditional upright microscope works well for fixed samples, while an inverted microscope provides more room for the large vessels used with living cells and tissue.

  • Two-dimensional view is adequate for many samples, but if you require 3D images, choose a microscope with a motorized objective revolver that guides the sample through the necessary views.

  • Cells often need manipulation to gain the proper amount of contrast for detailed visibility. Special objectives, prisms and filter cubes are among the different methods used to control the amount of light passing through a sample.

  • In turn, the chosen contrast method will dictate the appropriate light source, whether it's halogen, LED or mercury metal halide lamps.

  • Budget is always a consideration when purchasing lab equipment and supplies. A modular system gives you the flexibility to accommodate your current needs with the capability to upgrade in the future.

  • Whether you're looking for a compound, inverted or stereo microscope, Stellar Scientific has top-quality products at cost-effective prices. We also offer a number of staging, lighting and objective options so your microscope can be customized to fit your requirements.