The stereo or stereoscopic or dissecting microscope is an optical microscope designed for low magnification observation of a sample.

The instrument uses two separate optical paths with two objectives and eyepieces to provide slightly different viewing angles to the left and right eyes. This arrangement produces a three-dimensional visualization of the sample being examined.

The stereo microscope is often used to study the surfaces of solid specimens or to carry out close work such as microsurgery, watch-making, circuit board manufacture or inspection. They are thus widely used in manufacturing industry for manufacture, inspection and quality control.

Testing procedure

Magnification range:

  • 11,2x to 225x (2D)
  • 7,5x to 150x (3D)

A digital camera records high resolution images.

Easy positioning by means of an X-Y table.

Testing applications

  • Analyses of surface structures
  • Analysis of dimensions (thickness, fibre length, etc.) and defects
  • Sharp imagery of multilevel parts

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