Students should be able to focus all of their attention on learning about the science of their samples instead of the complicated mechanics some microscopes have. Compound light microscopes offer students all the features they need in the classroom without anything extra worry. Some of the most exciting features of our student microscopes include rechargeable illumination, robust build quality, easy-to-use adjustments, and more.

Most of our student microscopes are monocular microscopes. Monocular microscopes are one kind of compound light microscope; all compound light microscopes have at least two convex lenses, which enable students to study specimens in a two-dimensional view. Monocular microscopes only have one eyepiece, which makes them unique in appearance and function compared to traditional microscopes. The specimen is illuminated by transmitted light. Typical light sources found in monocular microscopes range from halogen, tungsten, or LED illumination to ambient light accompanied by a mirror and a fork.

Our best-selling compound light microscopes for students are from the brands you know and trust, like OPTIKA, LABOMED, Meiji Techno, and ACCU-SCOPE:

  • OPTIKA B-153 Monocular Brightfield Microscope: Designed to fulfill all the requirements of educational laboratories, this microscope allows a pleasant and practical introduction to the world of microscopy.
  • Labomed CxL Monocular Microscope, 4x, 10x, 40x Objectives, Halogen Illumination. Features high-quality optical and mechanical components that offer reliable functionality for years of use— recommended for high school and university use, offering outstanding value with features found in microscopes that cost hundreds more.
  • Meiji MT-10 Monocular LED Educational Microscope 4x, 10x & 40 x, Rechargeable: Offers beginning Life Science students clear visibility with superb optic quality and crisp, cool, and clear LED illumination. Educators benefit from a compact, easy-to-store maintenance-free microscope.
  • ACCU-SCOPE 3080 Monocular Microscope: Focuses on the high performance and durable value required by today’s educators. Designed to withstand years of heavy classroom use and made as student-proof as possible, offering many professional features at an affordable price.

We want to make sure that you have what you need for the students in your classroom. If still unsure about which of our student microscopes would best suit your needs, please feel free to contact our 24/7 customer service department.


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