The capabilities of a high-end microscope system can be helped or hindered by the choice of imaging components. The ‘big 3’ imaging components we address here are: microscope cameras, lighting, and optics. These three key components allow researchers to add new detection capabilities to their microscopy systems. Recent improvements in imaging sensors have provided customers the ability to choose microscope cameras that are aligned to specific applications. An example of this can be seen in NIR and SWIR microscopy. The underlying imagers are able to provide higher resolution and greater electromagnetic sensitivity in their spectral region that in turn leads to more accurate results for inspection of samples in the NIR-SWIR 70001600nm wavelength. The microscope camera is only one portion of the equation since we also should consider the optical path.

Today there are broad magnification options ranging from low power macro and stereo optics to high-power compound optics (5x–2000x). There are also optics choices: brightfield, darkfield, DIC, POL, LWD, ULWD to name a few. Let’s not forget ergonomics. The modern microscope is simply more comfortable with more adjustments to allow individual tailoring for comfort level.

The illumination choices continue to grow and improve as well. We can provide LED, fiber optic or halogen illumination and a choice of major manufacturers. In short, microscope imaging equipment continues to provide advancements that allow you to get the most out of your microscope. Let McBain Systems help you choose the right imaging components that suit your needs. Contact us today.