MICRO attachment

microEYE DISCOVERY is now a complete MACRO and MICRO scopic device!

The  new MICRO attachment has been specifically designed for unsupervised exhibits, allowing high magnification imaging in public environments.  With simple controls, users can view amazing microscopic specimens on microscope slides at magnifications up to 600x.  It's high powered microscopy made easy!

  • from macro to micro

    Turning microEYE DISCOVERY  from macro to micro is easy...

    It takes just a few minutes to fit the attachment.  Choose the microscope slide/s to view, select the appropriate magnification, contrast and viewing area.  Fit the protective shroud and your visitors young and old can explore the microscopic world using easy focus and stage controls.

    Retrofittable to all Generation 4 (D4) microscopes.

  • Choose the specimen

    Choose the specimen/s to suit your exhibit.  The slide holder will accommodate up to two standard glass microscope slides or cavity slides.  If it's on a microscope slide designed for transmitted light, you can view it with the MICRO attachment - medical, plant or animal tissue, old slides from museum collections, thin geological sections, live samples in cavity slides ... the choice is yours.

  • Choose the Magnification

    Choose the magnification to suit your specimen -  we offer four MicroLens kits as standard:

    60x, 150x, 300x and 600x.

    Different specimens may need different magnifications.  For example, 60x is great for checking out all the life in a drop of pond water; 150x could show you the detail in tissue sections; diatoms look amazing at 300x or 600x and if blood cells interest you, 300x or 600x are good magnifications to choose.  Remember, the highest magnification is not always the best, it all depends upon what you are looking at.


  • Choose the contrast

    Transmitted light (light passing through the specimen) is the recommended method for observing most specimens on microscope slides and cavity slides.  Our Universal Plinth is used with the Micro Attachment to provide this illumination.

    Specimens can vary widely in their structure and this means that different ways of viewing them and highlighting their features are required.  We provide a number of transmitted light contrast options to do this.   We provide two standard and three optional contrast techniques.

    The first standard contrast technique is Brightfield Illumination.  This is the traditional contrast method for imaging the majority of stained and highly contrasting specimens.  The second standard technique is Oblique Illumination.  This method will enhance contrast in many unstained or weakly contrasting specimens and provides a pseudo 3D-like image, with interesting relief and shadow effects.

    By fitting the optional Polarising Attachment, some biological specimens, plastics and thin rock sections can be imaged and highlighted in Polarised Light.  Transform microEYE DISCOVERY into a simple polarising microscope! 

    You may also want to fit our new optional Chroma filter (used in conjunction with the Polarising Attachment) - enhance brightfield and oblique images with cool, everchanging background colours.


  • Choose the viewing area

    By setting the mechanical stops incorporated into the stage, the specimen on the slide will remain in view at all times.  Stage travel can be limited to as small as 2mm (X axis) x 2mm (Y axis), then in 5mm increments all the way up to 20mm (X axis) x 48mm (Y axis).  Large gold knobs will allow visitors to move the stage around one or two slides without "losing" the specimen and losing interest.  It's microscopy made simple!

What is included with the Micro Attachment?

The Micro Attachment consists of an arm with built-in Abbe condenser NA 1.25, precision X,Y mechanical stage with adjustable travel stops and gold anodised stage controls, slide holder for one or two slides, set of MICROlens kits (60x, 150x, 300x, 600x), zoom slider cover, protective acrylic shroud, fasteners, hex keys and slide shims.

Can I use the Micro Attachment with my model of microEYE DISCOVERY?

The Micro Attachment is retrofittable to all our Generation 4 microscopes.  If your microscope's serial number starts with "D4" you will be able to retrofit the Micro Attachment to your microscope.

Can the Micro Attachment only be used with microscope slides?

Yes.  The Micro Attachment turns the microEYE DISCOVERY videomicroscope into a versatile MACRO and MICRO system.  While in the MACRO mode, specimens up to 100mm (4 inches) in height can be viewed with ease.  With the Micro Attachment higher magnifications needed for viewing specimens on glass microscope slides and cavity slides can be achieved. 

What magnifications are available with the Micro Attachment?

There are four magnifications - 60x, 150x, 300x and 600x.  Each MicroLens comes with a slider for Brightfield and Oblique Illumination as standard.  

How many slides can be fitted on the stage?

A maximum of two standard-sized slides or cavity slides can be inserted into the slide holder.  However, the slide holder has been designed to allow the fitting of a single larger slide (e.g. petrology/geology).   We provide stop screws so that only the area/s of interest can be viewed.

Do I have to use the Universal Plinth when I use the Micro Attachment?

We recommend using the Universal Plinth.  The MICRO Attachment has been designed to make use of the transmitted light illumination of the plinth.  If the Universal Plinth is not used, another suitable transmitted light source would be required.




Choice of MicroLens Kit (offered as a complete set).  Kit includes one MicroLens and one illumination slider.  Magnifications are:

60x, 150x, 300x, 600x


Maximum travel/viewing area 20mm (X) x 48mm (Y); adjustable travel using supplied stop screws

Minimum travel/viewing area 2mm (X) x 2mm (Y); adjustable in 5mm increments up to maximum travel


Brightfield Illumination (standard)

Oblique Illumination (standard)

Polarised Light (optional, using Polarising Attachment)

Chroma Brightfield Illumination (optional, using Polarising Attachment and Chroma filter)

Chroma Oblique Illumination (optional, using Polarising Attachment and Chroma filter)



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