- Objective Lens Power
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BrandShop by filtering the results with a selected microscope brand(s). See our brand descriptions for further information on each brand.
- Resolution Class
Resolution ClassThis filter allows you to select a camera by the resolution (megapixels) of the camera. Unless you are doing high quality printing, additional resolution over 3 megapixels may be wasted since most computer monitors have maximum resolution of approximately 2 megapixels. Also, higher resolution typically involves slower refresh rates and, therefore, less effective live imaging.
- Head Type
Monocular microscopes have a single eyepiece. Always keep both eyes open when using a monocular microscope.
Binocular heads have two eyepieces.
Trinocular heads have two eyepieces plus an additional port to which a camera can be attached for still and live imaging.
- Objective Lens
Different color light passes through curved glass (a lens) at different angles. Achromatic lenses 'correct' for this 'spherical aberration' in order to bring the light rays into focus on the same plane.
The better the lens, the greater is the amount of correction or 'flat field'.
There are three common achromatic lenses:
- Achromatic - Standard on most microscopes with 65% flat field .
- Semi-Plan - Better quality with 80% flat field
- Plan - Premium lenses with 95% flat field
Most applications only require standard achromatic lenses. Semi-plan and plan lenses are typically for professional use.
Please note that Semi Plan and Plan filters also include E-Plan, S-Plan and U-Plan objectives.
- Illumination Type
Halogen or LED illumination is standard on most good quality microscopes. Only advanced users will see the difference so the choice is a personal one.
Halogen provides a bright white that is suitable for most applications. Since it is a hot light, it is not recommended where heat is an issue, such as live specimens.
LED Illumination is an alternative to halogen with more of a bluish white light. It often includes rechargeable batteries for greater portability.
Tungsten is typically used on microscopes where price is the primary purchasing criteria.
- Camera Mount
C-Mount is a standardized camera lens mount that measures 1" in diameter and 32 threads per inch.
Ocular Mounts enable a microscope camera to be attached to a microscope ocular via an adapter tube. Typically, used on a trinocular port, an ocular mount can also work on monocular and binocular microscopes either by removing an eyepiece or, less commonly, by mounting an adapter over the eyepiece.
- Sensor Type
CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) and CCD (charge coupled device) image sensors are two different technologies for capturing images digitally. Each has unique strengths and weaknesses, although there are no clear dividing lines.
CCD cameras have traditionally provided the highest image quality at the expense of system size and cost. This is beginning to change with the advent of S-CMOS sensors.
CMOS cameras offer more functions on the chip with lower power dissipation, but they have often required tradeoffs between image quality and cost.
- CMOS (2)
- Color (2)
- Camera Interface
Firewire is a brand name for IEEE Serial Business Bus or in plain language, a higher speed alternative to USB. It is more commonly used in professional applications.
RCA Composite Video is an analog output designed for computer monitors and TVs. Look for acronyms such as NTSC or AVi.
USB 2.0 Most microscope cameras output via USB 2.0 - the standard for output to computers, cell phones and other personal devices.
USB 3.0 is a new 'Superspeed' USB connection, currently found on a limited range of products, whether microscopy or other.
VGA is also an analog signal for output to computer monitors or to HDTV rather than computers.
- USB 2.0 (2)
- Supported Operating Systems
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