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When purchasing a microscope it is important that you know what type of microscope you are looking for.
we have listed the differences between Flat field Microscopes and
Stereo Microscopes so you can determine which will best fit your needs.
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type of scope uses a single objective lens to look straight down on a
specimen. It may use a single eyepiece or binocular viewer but still
only has a single optical path.
•The focus Depth of Field is
extremely limited to very flat specimens. This makes the flat field
scope virtually useless for anything except biological applications.
•The only real advantage to the flat field scope is in its very high resolution and magnification capabilities.
• This scope is also known as a Compound microscope. A typical flat field looks like the instrument shown below.
Stereo and Stereo Zoom
•This type of scope utilizes two separate optical paths.
is to say that there is a separate “microscope” for each eye. These are
inclined at a six degree angle towards each other so that the user can
see a portion of the sides of the specimen as well as the top.
•This separation of views allows us to perceive depth and see in true 3D, unlike with the flat field.
microscopes come in many different forms. Below is a common high
quality stereo microscope. For the best and worst of this breed, please
refer to our “Stereo Microscopes to Buy and to Avoid”
Clarity & Calibration is proud to offer a "new" line of import
microscopes that offer high quality, durable cost effective systems to
fill your requirements whether you are looking for a flat field or a
stereo microscope. ACC has several models for demonstration at our
Terryville, Connecticut facility (directions)