Olympus Microscopes

Takachiho Seisakusho

Manufacturers, to establish a reputation in the market, have to impress customers. They always have to release great products to let them know the kind of job they do.

In 1919, Takeshi Yamashita founded Olympus Microscopes. It started when he developed microscopes, and since then, it continues to give innovative and high-quality products. Today, it remains a leading manufacturer of laboratories and schools in different areas of the world. 

If you are looking for an impressive microscope, you may look at their products and see if they will suit you. Here are some of their best ones that might be what you need.

Upright Models

Olympus offers the CX series. It features an ergonomic design and high-quality optics. They are most likely for biological applications in schools and other facilities. It is also popular among medical practitioners. It is affordable, has a wide range of capabilities, and will give you great results. Here are some reviews of the products.


CX21 is designed for clinical and educational surfaces. It has top capabilities when it comes to color, contrast, and clarity. The model uses Plan Achromat Technology to ensure flat and sharp images. It has a focus-lock on the stage, so it can easily refocus when you replace the slide. It also comes with a 6v to 20w halogen light, mechanical stage, a single specimen holder, and an Abbe condenser. It is lightweight, easy to transport, and for long-term use. The price is below $1500, so it is an impressive choice for a microscope.


Like the model earlier, the CX31 is also lightweight and affordable. It also has a wide range of features to ensure that users will get bright optimal imaging. It has a 6v to 30w Kohler halogen lamp, double slide holder, convenient controls, UIS2 eyepieces, PLCN objectives, and handgrips to easily carry it around. It is a great choice if you are on a budget, but still want to get a high-quality microscope.

Olympus Microscopes also has earlier models that are still used and enjoyed today.


One of the earliest models is BH2. It was developed in the 1980s and held a high share in the global market. It came with a long barrel objective combined with UIS to increase quality and reduce chromatic aberrations. It has improved the quality of observations including polarization, fluorescence, and others. It is preferred by many labs and schools because of its durability and affordability. It continues to dominate the market, so it is not obsolete. 

Olympus BH2 Microscope

BX41 and BX51

The BX series is an upgrade of the BH series. It was released in the early 1990s with cutting-edge features. It is ideal for researchers and people in the medical field. The models have a UIS2 optical system to improve image quality and reduce distortion. They are aberration-free, eco-friendly, and have a concentrated illumination. BX41 and BX51 have convenient and easy to access controls, ergonomic design, multiple turrets and condensers, and photo-tube accessories. It can perform in different contrast techniques like a bright field, darkfield, DIC, polarization, and phase contrast. They can be applied in different fields and may be used for photo documentation. 

Its features include a 12v to 100w Kohler halogen lamp, two neutral density filters, fluorescent application, three DIC prisms, an 8-position universal condenser, multiple peripherals, dual ports for cameras, and a multi-headed viewer. The components may also be customized depending on what you want. These microscopes will surely give you different choices snd great advantages.

BX43 Motorized

For flexible and comfortable use, the BX43 is specially designed. It is great for different biological, forensic, pharmaceutical, and other purposes. It has different condensers, so you can use it for different contrasting methods. It has multiple viewing head accessories, a built-in pointer, a camera adapter, and polarized light accessories. 

Stereo Microscopes

The first stereo microscope introduced by Olympus is the XA model in 1993. It was designed for ease of use and has Greenough optical design. You can comfortably examine samples using it because the hand rests on both sides. You can also use it to conduct micro-dissection or inspect different specimens.


The MVX10 is high-grade equipment that you may use in different fields. It has a magnification power of 4x to 125x. It applies to fluorescence imaging and various contrasting methods you may use. The model has wide field eyepieces that are adjustable. Its observation tube allows you to have a stereo effect or not. It also has transmitted light illumination, fluorescence illumination, dichromatic mirrors, and motorized focusing. 

SZX16 Microscope


SZX16 is another research-grade microscope. It shares many of MVX10’s features, but it has unique capabilities. It is advanced and has a maximum numerical aperture of .30 and a resolution of 900linepairs/mm. You can apply it in different contrasting techniques, and its lenses have 0.5x, 1x, 1.6x, and 2x magnifications. Its zoom range can reach from 7x to 115x.

It has a long working distance to allow you to work with the specimen. It has a revolving turret that holds two objectives at a time. The SZX16 is particularly engineered for comfort and to be ergonomic. It has a motorized optical focus, a tilting trinocular head, a wide mechanical stage, and different lamp bases. Its bulb light has a life of 10,000 hours and uses less energy. 


The SZX10 is also designed for research purposes. It has advanced capabilities and a numerical aperture of 0.2 and a resolution of 600linepairs/mm. Its optical system has a maximum magnification of 126x and has a long working distance of 171mm. It offers a wide-field view of 69.8mm and applies to various contrasting techniques. It has different lamp bases, and the observation tube may be adjusted to suit your needs. It is a good imaging platform, and you can add different accessories and may even have a drawing attachment to help you in sketching different specimens. 

Olympus Microscopes are surely worth your time if you are looking for microscopes. Check their products out and see which will suit you and your needs.