Updated February 21, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best Stereoscopic Microscopes

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Whether you're interested in taking a close look at insects and other biological specimens, or your hobbies include fine soldering, watchmaking, or model building, a high quality stereoscopic microscope will be your new best friend. Many of these can shine light up through subjects, like traditional compound scopes, but they're largely designed to work with ambient and reflected light sources. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best stereoscopic microscope on Amazon.

8. AmScope Kids Portable SE100

7. National Optical & Scientific 405TBL

6. National Geographic Student Kit

5. AmScope Binocular Student

4. LW Scientific Dual Mag

3. AmScope Simul-Focal Lockable Zoom

2. AmScope Cordless LED Stereo

1. AmScope 3.5X-45X Inspection

Editor's Notes

February 21, 2019:

Without the optical complexity of a compound scope, the models in this category tend to find judgement from other features, like their lighting capabilities and flexibility. Models like the AmScope Simul-Focal and the LW Scientific Dual Mag are among the most flexible, with long, pivoting arms that help you quickly get into position over a specimen, while the rather capable AmScope Inspection is one of the few options anywhere to come with a built-in ring light. A few admirable entries for kids also make their way into the lineup, but their optics and build quality keep them father down the list.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 21, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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