The 6 Best Compound Microscopes

Updated August 01, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

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We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Ever wanted to get up close and personal with the things that surround you in the everyday world? Well, now you can, with one of these compound microscopes. We've included models priced suitably for everyone from school kids to forensic scientists, with magnification ranges and capabilities to match your specific needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best compound microscope on Amazon.

6. My First Lab MFL06 Duo-Scope

The My First Lab MFL06 Duo-Scope is cheap in terms of price, but of surprisingly good quality considering its affordability. Its versatile design means it can pull double duty by transforming into a top-lit dissection station.
  • slides and stains are included
  • great choice for schools
  • light isn't very strong
Brand My First Lab
Model MFL-06
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

5. Celestron CB2000CF Binocular

The Celestron CB2000CF Binocular allows for plenty of optical adjustments, so you can always see the object of study the way you want. It features 10x and 20x eyepieces, and 4, 10, 40, and 100x objective lenses, allowing a magnification of up to 2,000x.
  • mechanical stage adjustments
  • halogen lower illuminator
  • limited pupillary distance control
Brand Celestron
Model 44131
Weight 10.6 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. AmScope B120C-E1 Siedentopf Binocular

The AmScope B120C-E1 Siedentopf Binocular is powerful enough for use in a police station's forensic lab or the department of biology of a graduate level program, but it's still affordable enough for a small school or even for the science-minded family to enjoy.
  • 30-degree inclined swiveling head
  • built-in digital camera
  • dimmable led illumination
Brand AmScope
Model B120C-E1
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Omax 40X-2500X Full-Size Digital Trinocular

The Omax 40X-2500X Full-Size Digital Trinocular works equally well whether you're looking through its more traditional objectives or you're using its impressive 14-MP digital camera to capture and display your findings on a monitor.
  • stain-resistant stage
  • includes useful software
  • great for teaching and demonstration
Brand OMAX
Model M837ZL-C140U
Weight 14.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. AmScope M150C-I Biological

The AmScope M150C-I Biological can be powered using either an AC outlet or batteries, making it a good choice for use in the lab or other stationary setting, or to take along for use in the field. It is affordable, yet well made.
  • sturdy all-metal frame
  • monocular head rotates 360 degrees
  • led illumination
Brand AmScope
Model M150C-I
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Omax Lab LED Binocular

The Omax Lab LED Binocular is made with a double-layered mechanical stage, so you can view slides in the orientation you want. It is a great choice for clinical use, veterinary use, or for teaching the budding young scientist or medical professional.
  • easily adjustable ocular diopters
  • backed by a five-year warranty
  • 40x to 2000x magnification
Brand OMAX
Model CS-M82ES-SC100-LP50
Weight 9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on August 01, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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