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#1 moynihan



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:04 PM

I am looking at phase contrast microscopes (online) for viewing protozoa, etc.
Anyone have any suggestions based on experience on models to buy :question:

#2 snorkler


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

I don't have a recommendation on what to buy, but my personal experience with Amscope's phase contrast kit for their T490 series microscopes was not good. Two PCTs failed to give me good PC views.

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Posted 07 September 2014 - 07:02 PM

Are you dead set on new vs. used? I recommend vintage equipment on eBay. I'm an AO/Spencer man myself since it tends to be least expensive...

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 11:21 AM

I would start thinking of microscopes as frames where different techniques are added. I would look at some old generation Olympus or Nikon microscopes. As suggested above, look at ebay. I find the business and industrial section of the site a good place to find used research instruments. Also look at the accessories there. That will give you an idea about the availability of parts.


And why phase? I would keep your eyes open for a scope with DIC, which will give you more control and better images that phase. 

Edited by Hikari, 14 September 2014 - 11:26 AM.

#5 NGC704


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Posted 30 September 2014 - 10:33 PM

Hikari, glad to see you here, looks like I stand to learn some things. It's my understanding that DIC is better than phase, but more costly as well. So wonder if you could give some pointers on how to keep the cash outlay to a minimum, and also, how does one access the business/industrial section of eBay? 

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