American Optical

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American Optical Microscopes (AO) was a renowned and innovative microscope manufacturer. Its early rots were in the Spencer Lens Company, which it acquired in 1935. It was later acquired by Reichert Technologies, which in turn became a part of Leica.

American Optical or Spencer microscopes were very popular from the 1940s through the 1980s, when the company was acquired. Many models from that have a robust build quality and long working lives. As a result, the US used market has many AO models available at characteristically low prices for hobbyists who enjoy refurbishing and repairing microscopes.

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