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Compound / Optical Microscopes

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 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!...More
$64.95

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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, a...More
$39.95

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Discovery Micro Microscope with book

Entry-level biological microscope. Magnification: 40–640x

Discovery Micro Microscope is a small, lightweight optical instrument with an attractive appearance that can be a great gift for a novice biologist. The instrument is easy to use, and it features a ba...More
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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 fe...More
$74.95

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Levenhuk LabZZ MT2 Microscope & Telescope Kit

Designed for children over 6 years old

A wealth of interesting discoveries awaits your kid with Levenhuk LabZZ MT2 Microscope & Telescope Kit! The kit includes a biological microscope with an experiment set and a refracting telescope. Thes...More
$49.95
Discovery Atto Polar digital microscope with book

Achromatic. Inclined head, fine focusing, Abbe condenser, LED illumination. Magnification: 40x-1000x. 5Mpx digital camera included

The Discovery Atto Polar digital microscope is a biological light microscope with a 5Mpx digital camera. It can be used to visualize the microbial world as well as save specimen images in picture or...More
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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 yo...More
$94.95

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Discovery Scope Set 3 with book

The set includes three optical devices: a telescope, a microscope, and binoculars. The kit consists of more than 30 accessories and the knowledge book about space is included

Discovery Scope 3 set combines a microscope, a telescope, and binoculars in one kit. Except for optical devices, the kit includes more than 30 accessories and the "Space. Non-empty emptiness" knowledg...More
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Discovery Scope Set 2 with book

The set includes two optical devices: a telescope and a microscope. The kit consists of more than 25 accessories and the knowledge book about space is included

Discovery Scope Set 2 includes two optical devices: a microscope and a telescope. A microscope will be of great help in mastering the basics of microbiology. A telescope will be very helpful in learni...More
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Levenhuk LabZZ MTB3 Microscope & Telescope & Binoculars Kit
Levenhuk LabZZ MTВ3 Kit is an ideal gift for an inquisitive child. The kit includes three optical instruments – microscope, telescope and binoculars. All three are designed to meet the needs of young ...More
$59.95
Discovery Nano Microscope

As a hobby and for school. Monocular. Achromatic optics. LED illumination Magnification: 40–400x

The Discovery Nano monocular microscope will help you to delve into the school course of biology and become an indispensable tool for scientific hobbies. It allows for studying prepared s...More
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Discovery Atto Polar microscope with book

Achromatic. Inclined head, fine focusing, condenser Abbe, LED illumination. Magnification: 40x to 1000x

The Discovery Atto Polar microscope is designed for studying the microbial world with magnification settings of 40x to 1000x. Transmitted or reflected light are available as well as immersion oil. T...More
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Discovery Centi 02 Microscope with book

Magnification: 100x–900x. The kit includes more than 25 accessories and the "Invisible World" knowledge book

The Discovery Centi 02 microscope is designed for users who are just beginning to learn the basics of biology and want to explore the microworld. This model is easy to use as it requires no special kn...More
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Microscope Discovery Femto Polar with book

Achromatic. 45° inclined 360° rotatable monocular head, LED illumination, precise focusing. 40x to 400x magnification

The Discovery Femto Polar is a classic, monocular microscope that enables the examination of the microbial world in transmitted and reflected light with a magnification of 40x-400x. It can show plant...More
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Discovery Pico Microscope

Achromatic. Rotatable Head. LED Illumination. Fine focusing. Magnification: 40–400x

Discovery Pico Microscope is a monocular microscope with achromatic optics and a rotatable head. It is an excellent choice for conducting basic research on the microbial world, studying biology, an...More
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Discovery Femto Polar digital microscope with book

Achromatic. 45° inclined with rotatable head, LED illumination, and precise focusing. Magnification: 40x-400x. 3Mpx camera included

The Discovery Femto Polar digital microscope enables you to examine the microbial world as well as record specimens as pictures or videos. The 3Mpx camera can keep an archive of recordings and disp...More
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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 ...More
$29.95
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Discovery Pico Polar Digital Microscope with book

Achromatic. Rotatable Head. LED Illumination. Fine focusing. Magnification: 40–400x. 1.3MP Digital Camera in the Kit

The Discovery Pico Polar digital microscope is a biological microscope with a 1.3MP digital camera. It can be used not only for visual observations of the microbial world, but also for capturing res...More
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Levenhuk LabZZ M3 MicroscopeLevenhuk LabZZ M3 Microscope with a camera adapter

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 sl...More
$54.95
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Levenhuk Zeno Cash ZC2 Pocket Microscope

Portable microscope with LED and UV lights. Magnification: 60x

Levenhuk Zeno Cash ZC2 Pocket Microscope is a magnifying tool with a built-in light. Due to its light, it can be used for paper currency verification. This microscope is compact and lightweight; you c...More
$9.95
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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...More
$24.95
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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.