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Stereo Microscopes

Olympus stereo microscopes offer three dimensional imaging with a wide zoom ratio and high numerical aperture (NA). Excellent image quality with our advanced optics, improved functionality, and various ergonomic accessories make Olympus stereo microscopes easier and more comfortable to use in life sciences and biology when performing sample selection, dissection, and manipulation.

Olympus offers a variety of stereo microscope models ideal for both routine and advanced research applications, from routine standard models with a wide zoom ratio and natural view to advanced models with an ultra-wide zoom ratio and high resolution, alongside advanced fluorescence imaging capabilities.

Furthermore, the LED transmitted light illumination base enables you to easily switch observation methods and flexibly adjust the contrast level by changing optical cartridges.

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Research Stereomicroscope System


Image macro views of whole organisms to micro views of individual cell structures using the SZX16 research stereomicroscope. Its wide zoom ratio (16.4:1) enables magnifications of 7x–115x with a 1X objective and up to 230x with a 2X objective. Clearly observe fine details owing to the apochromatic optics, reducing chromatic blur for the entire magnification range, and its 0.3 numerical aperture (NA), providing a high 900 line pairs per mm resolution.

  • Advanced model offering darkfield, brightfield polarization, oblique, and advanced fluorescence observation
  • Ergonomically designed and provides ample space for manual and automated manipulation and injection tools
  • 2 energy-efficient, long-life LED transmitted light illumination base options
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Research Stereomicroscope System


The SZX10 stereomicroscope is a cost-effective system for routine research. It provides darkfield and polarization imaging, up to a 0.2 NA, 10:1 zoom ratio, and a Galilean optical system to help minimize distortion. Obtain a natural view your specimen with its excellent stereo and color representation. The wide zoom ratio provides a magnification range of 6.2x–63x with a 1X objective, and up to 123x magnification with a 2X objective.

  • Versatile model
  • Wide zoom ratio (10:1) and natural stereo and color representation
  • Simple fluorescence observation
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Stereomicroscope System


The SZX7 stereomicroscope is a cost-efficient system designed for comfort and high-quality life science imaging. Its high color fidelity optics and Galilean optical system contribute to its excellent imaging performance. Offering a wide 7:1 zoom ratio, it achieves a magnification range of 8x–56x with a 1X objective, and up to 112x with a 2X objective. Reflected/transmitted LED illumination is integrated into its slim, open base, offering easy specimen access.

  • Cost-efficient model
  • Wide zoom ratio (7:1) and natural view of specimen with high color fidelity
  • Modular system; easily integrates a digital microscope camera for enhanced image quality
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Zoom Stereomicroscope


Achieve consistent, accurate results with this range of zoom stereomicroscopes. Optimized for comfortable routine research, each system has strain-reducing eyepieces, a universal LED stand offering easy access to the sample, and a Greenough optical system delivering excellent image flatness. The magnification ranges are 6.7x–45x for the SZ61 system and 8x–40x for the SZ51 system (both with 10X eyepieces).

  • Compact model offering high color fidelity and antistatic materials and coatings
  • Wide zoom ratios (6.7:1/5:1)
  • Flat, high-brightness LED illumination
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Stereo Microscope FAQs

What is a stereo microscope?

A stereo microscope is different from a compound microscope because a stereo microscope uses two optical paths instead of just one. The two eyepieces in a stereo microscope transfer an image of the given sample from two different angles, resulting in a three-dimensional view and enabling you to perceive the depth and dimensions of thick specimens, like eggs or embryos.

A stereo microscope is used for low-magnification applications, allowing high-quality, 3D observation of subjects that are normally visible to the naked eye. In life science stereo microscope applications, this could involve the observation of insects or plant life. Also, it is often referred to as a dissecting microscope, due to its usefulness in biological dissection work.

How to use a stereo microscope

Using a stereo microscope is relatively simple. The specimen you are viewing is placed on the stage plate—if it is a live specimen, a glass petri dish can be used to contain it. To view the specimen, switch on the light source on the stereo microscope and adjust the eyepieces so that you can comfortably look through the microscope. You can also observe in high magnification by adjusting the zoom, without changing the objective of each magnification such as on an upright/inverted microscope.

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Olympus Stereo Microscopes: Ergonomic Guide

This downloadable infographic takes a closer look at the ergonomic designs within the Olympus collection of stereo microscopes.


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Optimizing Your Oblique Observation using Our Flexible Contrast Solution

The LED illumination base enables you to optimize your observation by adjusting the contrast level and the angle and size of the light/shadow (oblique) independently. Find out more in the app note.

Optimizing Your Oblique Observation using Our Flexible Contrast Solution

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