Microscopy Shop: Compound Microscopes

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Phototube Present Absent Present Absent Absent
Objectives

4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil)

4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil) 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil) 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil) 4x, 10x, 40x
Portability low low medium medium high
Power supply Internal Adapter Internal Adapter Internal Adapter Internal Adapter External Adapter
Battery operated No No No No Yes
Type Trinocular Binocular Trinocular Binocular Monocular
Condenser Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Machanical Stage Yes Yes Yes Yes No
High Precision Focus Yes Yes No No No

 

 

Swift SW380T (Trinocular version, with phototube)

The Swift SW380T offers all of the features that a more advanced amateur microscopist would want to have. It has a trinocular head, which allows you to connect either a microscope camera, DSLR adapter or a C-mount camera. The optics are better than those of its smaller brother the SW350.

Comparison to SW350:

  • Better optics: the optics are sharper at the edges compared to the SW350
  • Better focussing system: The coarse and fine focus knobs are de-coupled and spin separately. This gives higher precision.
  • Larger and more stable: The base of the microscope is triangular, which gives it greater stability.

Features:

  • Phototube present
  • DIN Objectives: 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil)
  • Condenser with filter holder present, allowing for darkfield and Rheinberg illumination
  • Eyepieces 10x, 25x
  • Power adapter: internal, providing a stable connection
  • Precision focussing system

>>> Watch the review video here <<<

 

Swift SW380B (Binocular version, no phototube)

The Swift SW380B has the same features as the SW380T, but no phototube. This reduces the costs. Otherwise it offers all of the features that a more advanced amateur microscopist would want to have. The optics are better than those of its smaller brother the SW350.

Comparison to SW350:

  • Better optics: the optics are sharper at the edges compared to the SW350
  • Better focussing system: The coarse and fine focus knobs are de-coupled and spin separately. This gives higher precision.
  • Larger and more stable: The base of the microscope is triangular, which gives it greater stability.

Features:

  • DIN Objectives: 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil)
  • Condenser with filter holder present, allowing for darkfield and Rheinberg illumination
  • Eyepieces 10x, 25x
  • Power adapter: internal, providing a stable connection
  • Precision focussing system

>>> Watch the review video here <<<

 

Swift SW350T (Trinocular version, with phototube)

The Swift 350 series microscopes are more economical than the slightly larger SW380 microscopes. The optics are not quite as sharp, but because the objectives are much more common, it is easier to find replacement objectives, such as 20x or 60x. The microscope is also more portable than the larger SW380. Like the SW380, it has a “proper” power supply cable, which can not break as easily compared to those microscopes that use an external power adapter. The price of the SW350T and SE350B is very similar, and I recommend that you therefore consider buying the trinocular version, unless size is an issue.

Features:

  • Phototube present
  • DIN Objectives: 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil)
  • Condenser with filter holder present, allowing for darkfield and Rheinberg illumination
  • Eyepieces 10x, 25x
  • Power adapter: internal, providing a stable connection

 

Swift SW350B (Binocular version, no phototube)

The Swift 350 series microscopes are more economical than the slightly larger SW380 microscopes. The optics are not quite as sharp, but because the objectives are much more common, it is easier to find replacement objectives, such as 20x or 60x. The microscope is also more portable than the larger SW380. Like the SW380, it has a “proper” power supply cable, which can not break as easily compared to those microscopes that use an external power adapter. The price of the SW350T and SE350B is very similar, and I recommend that you therefore consider buying the trinocular version, unless size is an issue.

Features:

  • DIN Objectives: 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x (oil)
  • Condenser with filter holder present, allowing for darkfield and Rheinberg illumination
  • Eyepieces 10x, 25x
  • Power adapter: internal, providing a stable connection

 

Swift 150

The Swift 150 microscope is one of the cheapest ways to start microscopy as a hobby, but it is not a toy microscope. This microscope can also be used as a field microscope and for home-schooling. Naturally, there are some trade-offs that have to be made to keep the cost down. The microscope does not have a mechanical stage and also no condenser. The image quality therefore naturally is lower than the one of more expensive microscopes. It is a monocular microscope, which further reduces size and weight, making it also a good introductory microscope for children. The microscope is highly portable and can be used also without an external power supply (battery operated). I recommend this microscope for those people, who are interested in the hobby and who want to try it out without spending too much money.

The Swift 150 differs from the SW350 and SW380 in the following points:

  • No mechanical stage
  • Short barrel 160mm optics
  • No condenser, therefore no darkfield possible
  • No mechanical stage, but stage clips

Features:

  • Objectives: 4x, 10x, 40x
  • Eyepieces 10x, 25x
  • Battery operated and external power adapter
  • Monocular
  • Small, light and portable

>>> Watch the review video here <<<