10 Best Lab Compound Binocular Microscopes

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Lab Compound Binocular Microscopes in 2020


Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper

Awarded 2018 Best Compound Microscope - OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage w Blank Slides Covers and Lens Cleaning Paper
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and Coaxial Coarse/Fine Focusing Knob

OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and Coaxial Coarse/Fine Focusing Knob
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-80X-100X-200X-400X-800X-1000X-2000X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF20X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: double layer X-Y mechanical stage with scales, size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm), translation range: 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Stage upward moving lock protects objectives and slides
  • Condenser: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Illumination: transmitted (lower) LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides
  • Full solid metal frame construction with stain resistant enamel finish; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) - Input: 100-240V
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX Built-in 3MP Camera 40X-2000X Digital Biological Compound Binocular LED Light Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage Oil Immersion NA1.25 Condenser 3.0MP Camera

OMAX Built-in 3MP Camera 40X-2000X Digital Biological Compound Binocular LED Light Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage Oil Immersion NA1.25 Condenser 3.0MP Camera
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-80X-100X-200X-400X-800X-1000X-2000X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X/18 and WF20X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling digital binocular head; Interpupillary distance: sliding adjustable 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch (55mm ~ 75mm); Diopter: adjustable on both eyepiece tubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple
  • Stage: mechanical stain-resistant double layer size 5-1/2inch x 5-1/2inch (140mm x 140mm), translation range: 3inch x 2inch (75mm x 50mm); Focus: coaxial coarse and fine focus knobs on both sides, rack and pinion adjustment, with tension control; Focusing knob can be locked for observation and transportation; Condenser and diaphragm: Abbe NA1.25 rack and pinion adjustment condenser with iris aperture diaphragm
  • Black palm rest on the base; Illumination: transmitted (lower), replaceable 3W LED light, variable intensity; Metal framework; Power supply: AC 100V~240V 0.2/0.1A 50/60Hz worldwide range (US and Canada plug)
  • Built-in digital camera: - Imaging device: 3.0 mega pixels, 1/2.5inch CMOS - Effective pixels: 2048x1536 - Maximum still image resolution: 2048x1536 pixels - Frame rate: 4 frames per second at 2048x1536, 10 frames per second at 1024x768 - Interface: USB2.0 ( 480MB/second) - SNR: >40dB - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, and Mac OS
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

AW 40X-2500X LED Lab Binocular Compound Science Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage

AW 40X-2500X LED Lab Binocular Compound Science Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Compound LED Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and Digital Camera

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Compound LED Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage and Digital Camera
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF25X; Objective: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable
  • Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) - Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 0.5A Max - Output: DC7.5V, 1000mA
  • Digital camera: - true color 640 x 480 pixels - 0.45X reduction lens to get larger field of view - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, and Mac OS - Capturing microscope images, recording live video, measuring lengths, angles, areas, editing images
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2000X Digital LED Compound Microscope with Built-in 1.3MP Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage Compatible with Windows and Mac

OMAX 40X-2000X Digital LED Compound Microscope with Built-in 1.3MP Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage Compatible with Windows and Mac
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • High quality professional optical glass elements; 45 degree inclined 360 degree swivelling binocular head; Built-in 1.3MP USB Camera (Windows 7, 8, 10 & Mac Compatible) with Advanced Software for Windows
  • 8 levels of magnification: 40X-80X-100X-200X-400X-800X-1000X-2000X; 4 achromatic objectives DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S,Oil); 2 pairs of eyepieces: WF10X and WF20X
  • Sliding interpupillary distance adjustment; Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes; Variable intensity illumination; Coaxial coarse and fine focus adjustment; Focusing knobs on both sides
  • Stage upward moving lock protects objectives and slides; Stain-resistant double layer mechanical stage; NA1.25 Abbe Condenser with iris diaphragm & filters; Rack and pinion adjustment condenser
  • 5 Year Warranty

OMAX 40X-2500X LED Binocular Lab Compound Microscope with 5MP Camera and Mechanical Stage

OMAX 40X-2500X LED Binocular Lab Compound Microscope with 5MP Camera and Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: wide field WF10X and WF25X; Objective: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular; Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes
  • Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm); Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable; Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides
  • All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 100V-240V (UL approved)
  • Digital camera: - True color 2592x1944 pixels (5MP) - Frame speed: 2fps at 2592x1944, 3fps at 2048x1536, 5fps at 1600x1200, 7.5fps at 1280x1024 - Software compatible with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems - Offers capturing still images, stitching, EDF, video recording and measurement functions - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Biological Compound LED Microscope with 3D Mechanical Stage and Coaxial Coarse/Fine Focusing Knob

OMAX 40X-2500X Lab Binocular Biological Compound LED Microscope with 3D Mechanical Stage and Coaxial Coarse/Fine Focusing Knob
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: widefield WF10X and WF25X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular
  • Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance: 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm); Ocular diopter adjustable on both eyetubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple; Stage: mechanical double layer size: 4-1/2inchx 4-15/16inch (115mm x 125mm)
  • Stage x-y stroke (travel range): 2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm); Condenser and diaphragm: NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm; Transmitted (lower) illuminator: LED light, intensity adjustable
  • Focus adjustment: Coaxial coarse and fine knobs on both sides; All metal mechanical components; Power supply: AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) - Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 0.5A Max - Output: DC7.5V, 1000mA
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

AmScope 40X-2500X LED Digital Binocular Compound Microscope with 3D Stage and 5MP USB Camera

AmScope 40X-2500X LED Digital Binocular Compound Microscope with 3D Stage and 5MP USB Camera
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Six widefield magnification settings: 40X, 100X, 250X, 400X, 1000X & 2500X
  • Professional 30 degree inclined 360 degree swiveling Siedentopf binocular head
  • Sturdy framework with 3-D double layer mechanical stage, coaxial coarse & fine focusing, Abbe condenser, iris diaphragm and color filter
  • Powerful single bulb LED illumination with dimmer
  • Digital camera with advanced editing, processing & measuring software for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10

OMAX 40X-2500X Full Size Lab Digital Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 10MP USB Camera and 3D Mechanical Stage

OMAX 40X-2500X Full Size Lab Digital Trinocular Compound LED Microscope with 10MP USB Camera and 3D Mechanical Stage
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Total magnification: 40X-100X-250X-400X-1000X-2500X; Eyepieces: widefield WF10X/18 and WF25X; Objectives: achromatic DIN 4X, 10X, 40X (S), 100X (S, Oil); Viewing head: 45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling trinocular; Interpupillary distance: sliding adjustable 2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch (55mm ~ 75mm); Diopter: adjustable on both eyepiece tubes; Nosepiece: revolving quadruple
  • Stage: mechanical stain-resistant double layer, size: 5-1/2inch x 5-1/2inch (140mm x 140mm), translation range: 3inch x 2inch (75mm x 50mm); Photo tube adjustment range: 5/8inch (15mm); Focus: coaxial coarse and fine focus knobs on both sides, rack and pinion adjustment, with tension control; Focusing knob can be locked for observation and transportation; Condenser and diaphragm: Abbe NA1.25 rack and pinion adjustment condenser with iris aperture diaphragm
  • Black palm rest on the base; Illumination: transmitted (lower), replaceable 3W LED light, variable intensity; Metal mechanical components; Power supply: 100V~240V 50/60Hz worldwide range (US and Canada power plug)
  • Digital camera: - true color 3584x2748 pixels (10M pixels) - 0.5X reduction lens to get larger field of view - 0.01 mm calibration slide: 1mm/100 division - Frame speed: 1.9fps at 3584x2748, 8fps at 1792x1374, 27fps at 896x684 - Software compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS and Linux operating system - Capturing microscope images, recording live video, measuring lengths, angles, areas, editing images - USB cable included
  • 5-year warranty against manufacturing defects

Buying Guide for The Best Microscopes for Kids

Microscopes are great educational toys that allow your children to explore the world while having fun developing their science skills. Here's how to find the best microscope for your family.

Microscope Features to Consider

Before discussing the specific varieties of microscopes on the market, there are two important features to become familiar with before going shopping-a microscope's light source and magnification range.

Microscope Light Source: "Bargain" scopes will often have a mirror, or very small bulb, as a light source. Light is necessary for observing a specimen with a microscope. The amount of light determines the level of contrast between the object and the background. Too little light and you can't see the specimen. Too much light and the specimen becomes washed out, and equally difficult to see. My recommendation is to stay away from cheap microscopes that use mirrors to illuminate objects. It is difficult to get sufficient light for a good image.

Microscope Magnification: Dissecting, or stereo, microscopes are designed to magnify objects that can already be seen with the naked eye, allowing the observer to discern additional detail. These are low magnification scopes with a range of approximately 10x to 40x actual size (with "x" meaning times). Microscopes with the ability to provide low levels of magnification are great for little kids who want to get a better look at things that they encounter in the world around them, such bugs, leave, flowers and other small objects.

Compound microscopes provide two sets of lenses, that together deliver high magnification, generally from 40x to 1000x, depending on the specific lenses that they come with. These high magnification scopes are great for seeing items that are not visible to the naked eye, and allow users to see essentially invisible things, such as bacteria, the details of pollen grains-tiny stuff. High magnification scopes are more difficult for small children to use, and have the limitation of over-magnifying objects that can be seen with the naked eye. They provide great detail, but the detail may be so minute that young children can't really relate to what they are seeing.

Types of Microscopes: Digital, Stereo and Compound

There are essentially three main types of microscopes to select from when buying a student scope: (1) Computer Microscopes, (2) Dissecting Microscopes and (3) Compound Microscopes. Here us a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Computer Microscopes: In an age of technology, the computer, or digital, microscope is usually the best value, and most flexible option. These scopes allow specimens to be viewed on a computer screen, and generally have a wide range of magnifications from low (10x) to quite high (200x). The image of the specimen can be saved as a graphic file, as well as manipulated and printed, which is handy for science projects. There are many cheap digital scopes out there, for less than $100, and, if you are purchasing the microscope as merely a cool toy for the kids, a less expensive scope will do a decent job. To get a good quality computer microscope that produces higher resolution images, plan to spend at least $150.00.

Compound Microscopes: As mentioned above, compound scopes provide high levels of magnification, and are great for looking at tiny objects, but are a bit more challenging to operate-a good choice for junior high and high school students. There are compound microscopes that have computer adapters, but they can be costly. The price of a good quality, basic student grade compound microscope starts at approximately $120.00.

Stereo Scopes: With a typical magnification range of 10x - 40x, stereo microscopes work well for examining larger items, and since the magnification is lower, focusing is a less exacting task. Still plan to spend at least $75.00 and for a good student grade scope, and, as with all three types of microscopes, the prices vary widely according to quality.

There are several excellent websites that offer science equipment for students. See the links below for a wide range of microscopes and other science toys and equipment; high quality to merely recreational.

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