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new to stereo scopes, what to buy - eventually

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#1 opticsguy



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 09:13 AM

I have had a "standard" microscope most of my life, little used because of its limits to really small objects on glass slides at high powers.

I would be really interested to purchase a stereo scope for viewing "everyday" objects, that 5x to 100X range. Where to start and what to buy? And what else should I consider?

#2 dyslexic nam

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:42 AM

This one is only a 20x or 40x entry-level scope, but it is inexpensive, puts out great views (at least to my admittedly uninformed standards), and gets used a lot because it is so easy. Despite being somewhat simplistic, it gives a whole new dimension to viewing bugs, rocks, etc.

#3 Mike Clemens

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 07:51 PM

You don't mention a price range. I bought an Olympus SZ30 off ebay and have been thrilled, THRILLED, with the quality. I work under it for hours soldering sometimes. I use a pair of Nikon widefields I bought to replace the cheap EP's which were included with it. They were about $90 each I think and they are fabulous. I have seen the Olympus SZ series cheaper than ever on ebay lately.

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 01:49 PM

This one: http://www.amazon.co...ical/dp/B004...

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:09 PM

OP here. I recently looked through a stereo scope at 5X - 10X - 20X and really like the low magnifications. Seems after about 40X the depth of field becomes non existent. So am now interested in a scope that provides this range. Any more suggestions?

Thank you.

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 03:17 AM

I've had a Amscope SM 1TZ Trinocular Stereo Zoom Micoscope for over two years, and have been very pleased with it. FAB

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:36 PM

I lucked out with a complete Olympus SZ4045 from Goodwill's auction site for $125. Most eBay SZs only sell the heads, and you have to buy the base and eyepieces separately.

My Olympus stereo microscope needed to be degreased, as hardened grease had frozen the interpupillary adjustments and the focusing rack.

The SZ4045 zooms from .67X to 4X ocular. That's from 6.7X-40X with the 10X Olympus eyepieces that came with it. The following close-up photos through the Olympus were at 6.7X, eyepiece projection.

Had I not gotten lucky, I would have bought an Amscope like the model Floie (FAB) owns.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 11:59 PM

cool photos!

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