the magnified world at your fingertips ...

  • Purpose Built for Tough Environments

    DISCOVERY is a microscope that is tough!  It is built by hand, with attention to detail.  Robust and extremely hardwearing, it has anodised and powdercoated finishes as well as long life LED lighting.  A microscope built to last.  

  • Simple Operation

    No eyepieces to adjust ... crisp, clear images are displayed on a High Definition TV, monitor or projector.  The microscope has only two controls - ZOOM and FOCUS - brightly coloured, smooth manual sliders - very easy to use.

  • MACRO Viewing

    DISCOVERY provides magnifications of 2x - 40x, similar to that of a traditional stereomicroscope.  Perfect for imaging macro specimens such as rocks, fossils, shells, leaves, flowers, insects, pond life in petri dishes, textiles, coins, circuit boards,  ... or anything else the user wishes to view or inspect.

    Once an area of interest has been focused, it will remain in focus (and centred) when zooming.  

    A long life LED spotlamp is built into the microscope arm, providing top/incident lighting and is good for highlighting features of most opaque/solid MACRO specimens.  The microscope has a three-way light switch that, in combination with the optional universal plinth, provides additional light options (bottom/transmitted light and simultaneous top and bottom lighting).

  • Quick and Easy Focus

    The microscope can quickly and easily focus on specimens of differing heights without having to move the microscope or specimen.  Brilliant!

  • Flexibility by Design

    Attaching to our optional universal plinth gives DISCOVERY a sturdy but portable base.  Alternatively, it can be attached directly to a bench top.  All cables can be hidden from view.



What is included in the purchase of a microEYE DISCOVERY microscope?

The purchase of a microEYE DISCOVERY microscope includes the microscope body, shroud, curved arm with LED illuminator, 12v power supply (with suitable plug for your country), a 2 metre HDMI cable, spare LED lamp and instructions.  We also offer an optional universal plinth.  A plinth is not required if the microscope will be attached directly to a display table.  We also offer a specimen turntable, a turntable extender kit and a polarising attachment as optional extras.  Please note, however - an HDTV is not included.

Are the controls motorised?

No ... motorising the controls does not necessarily make an instrument easier to use!  We have purposely kept the ZOOM and FOCUS controls as smooth, manual sliders - to mimic the operation of a traditional microscope.  We're keeping it simple!

What does the microscope connect to?

The microEYE DISCOVERY microscope plugs into a HDTV, monitor or projector via an HDMI cable.  DISCOVERY's camera operates at 1080p resolution at 50/60 hz (frames per second (fps)). 

How does it connect?

An HDMI cable is supplied.  This connects to your HDTV, computer monitor or projector via one of its HDMI input connectors.  A plug pak (power supply) is also supplied for connection to your mains power (with plug fitting suitable for your country).

Why don't you supply a TV with the microscope?

We have found that each customer's needs are different - with the instrument's location, space constraints etc., we leave the purchase of a monitor to the customer so they can purchase something that suits their needs.  

What size TV do you recommend?

The choice of screen size is an interesting one.  Biggest is not always best!  Choosing the screen size will depend on the space you have available or whether the screen is for the benefit of an individual user or an assembled group.  A useful rule of thumb is the following calculation to work out the best distance for a viewer to be away from the screen for the best viewing experience:

Divide the diagonal measurement of the screen by .84 (i.e. a 32inch TV divided by .84 = 38.09 inches - this is the minimum distance you should be from a 32inch TV for the best viewing).

We usually recommend placement of the TV above and behind the microscope (so the user can relate zoom and focus movements with what is happening on the screen) and as this will mean the user will be relatively close to the TV, a screen size from about 22 inches to 32 inches would be acceptable.  Screens larger than this will work well for viewers at a greater distance, but the user will probably be too close to the screen for optimum viewing.


Can I record/capture images or video?

DISCOVERY is live video only.  However, you may like to check out the Elgato range of image capture products.  Their Cam Link product captures still and moving images via DISCOVERY's HDMI cable to a laptop (via USB3).

What "Fields of View" and "Magnifications" are possible with the microscope?

There is sometimes confusion with the words "fields of view" and "magnification" and how they vary with TV size.  The microEYE DISCOVERY microscope uses a macrozoom lens with special internal focusing.  Because the lens has the ability to focus on flat objects and objects up to a height of around 100mm (4 inches) without having to move the object or microscope body, the fields of view and magnifications will vary depending upon that height.  Our specifications detail the various on-screen fields of view and magnifications obtainable with different object heights.

Can you hide the cables?

Yes.  We have designed the microEYE DISCOVERY microscope so that the two cables (HDMI and power) can be hidden by creating a hole in the table top (we can supply hole placement/dimensions).  You can also choose to have the cable run behind the instrument in a protective sheath (not supplied).

How long will the built-in illuminator last?

The illuminator (built into the arm of the microscope) is a high intensity, white LED spotlamp, rated for 20,000 hours.  This equates to approximately 7 years usage, assuming the microscope is on 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year!  So, in theory, you won't need another lamp for quite a while.  However, just in case your LED lamp doesn't live up to the rating above, we supply you with a spare!

The optional universal plinth also uses LED technology, in the form of a long life, high intensity white 48 LED array.

Is there a warranty?

Yes.  We offer a two year warranty for optical and mechanical components and a one year warranty for electrical components (HD camera, wiring harness and plug pak (power supply).

Are there any ongoing costs with the microscope?

No.  We have designed microEYE DISCOVERY to operate all day, every day.  This is one of the major advantages - a robust, interactive microscope with little or no maintenance.  The only part that may need replacement is the coverglass (protecting the internal lens).  It is easy to replace.  The camera and lens units are designed to operate without maintenance for long periods, however if there is a problem, we are here to help with replacement parts, advice or we will arrange a "return to base" for repair or replacement.

Where is the microEYE DISCOVERY microscope made?

It is designed, manufactured and hand assembled to order in New Zealand.

Where can I buy it?

You can purchase microEYE DISCOVERY exclusively from us here at Micro Imaging.  Buy direct from the manufacturer!  We fully support all our sales, worldwide.




1/3" HD CMOS sensor; resolution Full HD1080p, aspect ratio 16:9 widescreen


Macrozoom with zoom and focus slider controls; maximum object height approximately 100mm (4")

Fields of view/magnification* (on screen):

Varies with height of object and zoom level

Approximate fields of view (mm)/magnification (x):

Flat Object  90(H) x 50(V)                 2x  10(H) x 5.5(V)                 20x
Object with height of 50mm (2")  69(H) x 39(V)                 3x  7.5(H) x 4.3(V)                30x
Object with height of 100mm (4")  46(H) x 26(V)                 4x  5.1(H) x 2.9(V)                40x

 *magnification compared to an optical microscope


MR-16 type LED spotlamp

video connection:

HDMI; video output to a HDTV, monitor or projector


DC 12V; power consumption 0.90A @ 12V


-0°C to 40°C; type of use: indoor


Height (without plinth): 474mm

Height (with plinth): 507mm

Plinth: 548mm x 506mm

Weight (with plinth): 9.5kg

country of manufacture:

New Zealand