Category: Maintenance


How often should the microscope be sent in for maintenance?

The grease of the microscope gears might become solid with time. It is then time to send the microscope in for maintenance and re-lubrication.

How can I keep the microscope free of dust?

Dust disturbs the image quality. It is better to avoid dust than to deal with it afterwards.

What fluids should I use to clean objective and eyepieces?

Use only those cleaning fluids that are recommended. Ideally the optics should be cleaned as rarely as possible.

How often should I clean the optics of the microscope?

Clean the optics as little as possible, as often as absolutely necessary. Every cleaning session introduces the possibility of damaging the optical surfaces of eyepiece and objective. Small dust grains may scratch the surface of the optics.

What are some things that have to be maintained?

Microscopes generally do not require much maintenance. Keeping the microscope dust free is probably one of the most important maintenance tasks.

What are some possible problems that used microscopes have?

Unless you have worked with microscopes yourself and unless you know what you are doing, I would not buy them second hand.

Common defects of old microscopes

During the past couple of years I’ve seen numerous microscopes that were is a desolate condition. Here are some of the problems that I observed. It may pay off to consider these problems when shopping for a used microscope.

dirty objective lens

Dirty microscope objective: Its effect on image quality

A dirty microscope objective significantly reduces the resolution.

Microscopy accessories

What accessories should be bought?

There are several accessories that are part of a microscopic workplace.

Microscope lamp

Changing the Lamp

This article explains how the lamp of a microscope is exchanged. It may not apply to all microscope types.

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