Universal plinth

microEYE DISCOVERY can be fixed directly to a table top or our optional universal plinth can provide more flexibility.


  • A Steady Base

    The universal plinth gives the microscope a steady base.  A high intensity LED array is integrated into the plinth providing bottom illumination for transparent and translucent specimens.  Clear and tinted stage plates are also included.



  • Lighting to suit the specimen

    Using the correct lighting for specimens is critical for getting the best images.  Each specimen has its own physical characteristics and may require different lighting techniques.  The microscope's three way switch provides different lighting to suit the specimen - top, bottom or both simultaneously, making the universal plinth a useful addition.  Go to our Knowledge HQ to learn more about these lighting techniques.




  • Fit for accessories

    The plinth has two fixing holes which allow the fitting of the optional specimen turntable (and extender kit).  The plinth is also required if the optional polarising attachment is used.

  • Stationary and Secure but portable when needed

    Attaching DISCOVERY to the plinth will make the whole system more portable if you need to move it from one place to another.  However, once in place, threaded inserts on the underside of the plinth will allow you to securely attach to a table top for added stability and security.

How does the microscope attach to the plinth?

The microscope is supplied with four fixing screws and washers (M6) along with a hex key.  These are used to attach the microscope to the plinth.  The cables can be fed either between the arm and plinth (through a semi-circular cavity at the rear of the arm) or down through the aperture in the plinth.

What can the bottom lighting on the plinth be used for?

Many specimens are transparent or translucent and are able to light pass through, such as leaves, feathers, pond life, thin textiles, paper, thin rock, plant and tissue samples on microscope slides.  In these instances, light coming from below (transmitted) may well be the most appropriate way to observe specimen detail.  The plinth's high intensity LED array provides the transmitted light necessary for highlighting features on these specimens.

Why are there different acrylic stage plates supplied with the plinth?

The plinth is supplied with two types of stage plate.  One is a clear acrylic type while the other has a grey tint.  When using the plinth in its bottom illumination setup, we recommend using the clear stage plate.  When using top illumination, we recommend experimenting with the clear and grey tint stage plates.  It can be advantageous to control the background colour for some specimens when using top illumination.  The microscope's camera is sometimes challenged when trying to correctly image particularly small specimens that may be very light or dark in colour against a very light or dark background.  In these instances we strongly recommend experimenting with the grey tint stage plate (or a similarly coloured background).  A spare of both types of stage plate is supplied with the plinth.

What are the stainless steel inserts on the plinth for?

There are two stainless steel threaded inserts positioned towards the rear of plinth.  They serve two purposes.  The first is to affix the optional specimen turntable to the plinth.  The inserts can also be used for security.  On the underside of the plinth the two inserts are exposed and accept M5 screws.  By drilling into a table top and passing the appropriate length M5 screws through the holes and into the underside of the plinth, the microscope and plinth will be securely attached.




540mm(W) x 500mm(D) x 33mm(H)




48x SMD White LED Array, colour temperature 6500°K, 12v


Outer: MDF; painted epoxy lacquer

Inner (removable): High density laminated wood composite

included with plinth:

2 x clear stage plates

2 x grey tint stage plates

country of manufacture:

New Zealand