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Optical microscopes, or "light microscopes", use visible light and a lens system to magnify images of small samples. This type of microscope has found implementation in different fields of science (microelectronics, geology, medicine and biology, as examples) and is very popular among non-professionals. Being able to observe an enlarged sample through your own eyes instead of a digital display is just more interesting to many.
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Levenhuk LabZZ M1 Microscope

Magnification: 100–300x. Experiment kit included.

Levenhuk LabZZ M1 Microscope is designed for young explorers of the microcosm. With this microscope young scientists will take their first steps in science. The supplied kit includes everything needed for this purpose: e...More
$24.95
Levenhuk LabZZ M2 Microscope

Magnification: 100–900x. Experiment kit included.

Levenhuk LabZZ M2 Microscope is a great instrument for a young biologist. The microscope is very easy to use; it allows for studying transparent microscope samples, and also comes with an interesting experiment kit. A ki...More
$29.95
Levenhuk LabZZ M101 Microscope

Bright microscope for an inquisitive child. Comes with an experiment kit. Magnification: 40–640x.

Levenhuk LabZZ – brand new microscopes designed especially for the youngest microcosm explorers. Levenhuk LabZZ microscopes feature uniquely shaped bodies of beautiful translucent colors: moonstone, amethyst, azure, and lime. Each model is supplement...More
$39.95

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Levenhuk 2S NG Microscope description

Monocular. Magnification: 200x. Illumination: mirror.

Levenhuk 2S NG Microscope is a great value, with its basic functions and high-quality Levenhuk optics. This model is a great choice for those who are just beginning to take interest in biological experiments. With its 20...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$44.95
Levenhuk LabZZ M3 Microscope

Magnification: 300–1200x. Experiment kit included.

Levenhuk LabZZ M3 Microscope - is a true find for an inquisitive child. It has everything that a young scientist dreams of, and comes with 100 useful accessories! Prepared microscope slides, blanks slides and cover slips...More
$44.95
Levenhuk 3S NG Microscope picture

Monocular. Magnification: 200x. Illumination: mirror. Also included: Levenhuk K50 Experiment Kit

With the Levenhuk 3S NG you can begin your adventures in the world of science right after you take the microscope out of the box, with the included Experiment Kit. This model allows for bright field observations of trans...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$49.95
$69.95
Levenhuk Rainbow 2L Microscope

Sturdy and easy-to-use educational microscope with experiment kit. Magnification: 40-400x.

Levenhuk Rainbow 2L series – five eye-catching colors, quality glass optics, ergonomic design, and an excellent accessory kit. With Levenhuk Rainbow 2L Microscope studying will become an adventure! Children will be able to explore the microcosm a...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$64.95

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Levenhuk 2L NG Amethyst Microscope picture

Two microscopes in one. Advanced NG configuration. Color: amethyst.

Levenhuk Rainbow Series
  Two built-in LED illuminations allow observing non-transparent objects in transmitted and reflected light.
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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$69.95
$89.95
Levenhuk 2L NG Azure Microscope photo

Two microscopes in one. Advanced NG configuration. Color: azure.

Levenhuk Rainbow Series
  Two built-in LED illuminations allow observing non-transparent objects in transmitted and reflected light.
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+ $14.95 Value Gift (Limited Time Offer)

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$69.95
$89.95
Levenhuk 2L NG Lime Microscope picture

Two microscopes in one. Advanced NG configuration. Color: lime.

Levenhuk Rainbow Series
  Two built-in LED illuminations allow observing non-transparent objects in transmitted and reflected light.
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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$69.95
$89.95
Levenhuk Rainbow 2L PLUS Microscope

High quality and reliable microscope for school and university students. Experiment kit included. Magnification: 64–640x.

Bright and stylish Rainbow 2L PLUS microscopes are the logical continuation of the Levenhuk Rainbow 2L series. New microscopes combine all the advantages of the previous line with new, favorable features. These microscopes are equipped with two i...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$74.95

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Levenhuk 3L NG Microscope description

Magnification: 64-640x


  Two built-in LED illuminations allow observing non-transparent objects in transmitted and reflected light.
  Reliable performance: body and elements are made of metal (silumin), not p...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$79.95
$109.95
Levenhuk Rainbow 50L Microscope

Reliable educational microscope. The kit includes everything needed for first biological experiments. Magnification: 40-800x.

Levenhuk Rainbow 50L – bright, stylish microscopes perfect for beginning microcosm explorers, as well as experienced biologists. These microscopes allow you to examine plant and animal tissues and learn more about their cellular structure, observ...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$79.95

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Levenhuk Rainbow 50L PLUS Microscope

Excellent optics, modern design, robust body. Experiment kit included. Magnification: 64–1280x.

Levenhuk Rainbow 50L PLUS - the perfect combination of stylish design, excellent optics, and ergonomic body. Like all other models in the Levenhuk Rainbow family, these microscopes are ideal for young researchers. Each model comes with a Levenhuk...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$94.95

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Levenhuk 50L NG Orange Microscope picture

Magnification up to 1280x. Carrying case included. Color: orange.

Levenhuk Rainbow Series The Levenhuk 50L NG teaching biological microscope.
This excellent biological microscope is ideal for use in schools or colleges as wel...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$104.95
$149.95
Levenhuk 850B Biological Binocular Microscope image

Binocular head. Revolving nosepiece: 4 objectives. Magnification: 40-2000x. Built-in dark field condenser

Levenhuk 850B Biological Binocular Microscope is ideal for biochemical, pathologo-anatomic, cytologic, hematologic, urologic, dermatologic, biologic, and general clinical research in laboratories of any medical instituti...More

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Levenhuk N10 NG Prepared Slides Set

$609.95
$749.95
Levenhuk 2L NG Rose Microscope description

Two microscopes in one. Advanced NG configuration. Color: rose.

Levenhuk Rainbow Series
  Two built-in LED illuminations allow observing non-transparent objects in transmitted and reflected light.
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Levenhuk 40L NG Microscope image

Advanced NG configuration. Magnification up to 1280x.

The Levenhuk 40L NG teaching biological microscope.
This excellent biological microscope is ideal for use in schools or colleges as well as for your own research of the microworld.
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Levenhuk 320 Biological Microscope photography

Biological microscope used for slice observation in the transmitted light

Levenhuk 320 Biological Microscope is a medical microscope that is ideal for biochemical, pathologo-anatomic, cytologic, hematologic, urologic, dermatologic, biologic, and general clinical research in laboratories of any...More
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Levenhuk 625 Biological Microscope picture

Binocular head. Fitted with high-quality achromatic objective lenses.

Levenhuk 625 Biological Microscope allows for bright field observations, and may be used both at home and in a professional laboratory. Its high-quality optics are fully coated, and deliver sharp and bright images of the...More
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Levenhuk 670T Biological Trinocular Microscope photo

Trinocular head. Magnification: 40-2000x

With its high-quality optics and a practical trinocular head, the Levenhuk 670T is truly a modern biological microscope. It is capable of yielding magnifications of up to 2000x, which means you can perform both casual ob...More
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Select a light microscope in Levenhuk online store


The first microscope in its present form was invented in the 17th century and it was the light microscope. In the 19th century Charles Spencer, America's first microscope maker, significantly improved the original microscope construction (nowadays his microscope design is known as American Optical Microscope) and established mass production of these instruments, making them even more widespread. More than 150 years since then, optical microscopes are still more than popular among amateurs and specialists in different spheres.

Any modern optical microscope is a compound microscope


Traditionally, optical microscopes are divided into two types – so-called simple and compound microscopes. What you imagine when someone says “a microscope” is actually a compound microscope, and all modern optical microscopes are compound. So, basically “a microscope” equals “compound microscope”. But what makes a microscope compound? A compound microscope has two optical systems; to put it simply, it has both eyepiece and objective lenses. As you can see, virtually all modern optical microscopes fall into this group, unless it’s a very simple toy for children.

It’s a bit more difficult with simple microscopes as you can barely find them these days and even if you do, you wouldn’t call it “a microscope”. A simple microscope uses only one lens. Such microscopes can provide only one fixed magnification and it is usually not high, especially as compared to magnifications provided by compound microscopes. Examples of simple microscopes are magnifiers and some telescope and microscope eyepieces, although some simple microscopes are actually microscopes in our perception. For instance, some inexpensive digital microscope models can be built using a single lens or a set of lenses, making them an example of a simple microscope.

In the Levenhuk online store you will be able to find a light microscope for any possible purpose: from simple models for kids and educational microscope models for students to really complex structures, which are able to produce exceptionally high resolution and contrast of image. Buy a great light optical microscope at the most attractive price!

Most of the optical microscopes in this section are equipped with two built-in illuminations, which allow you to observe both transparent and opaque objects: from tiny samples to quite big objects such as fabrics, coins, paper, etc. Both illuminations are LED, which ensures minimal power consumption while providing sufficient light.