Stereoscopic vision, also known as 3-dimensional, is inherited in human beings with fully functional eyes separated by, on average, approximately 2.55 inches that produce two images subsequently processed by the brain, which are perceived as depth. Stereomicroscopy is necessary when stereomicroscopic vision and a magnified view of the object is desired or required. A stereomicroscope is employed first to inspect a sample for particulate materials, to document through direct observations and photomicrographs, and to assist in separation and isolation. The isolated particulates may then be analyzed by other microscopical or microanalytical techniques. An examination using a stereomicroscope may provide important information about how a particle was generated, deposited, or incorporated.
Our stereomicroscopes are equipped with a variety of illumination sources including transmitted (diascopic) light, darkfield and brightfield reflection, oblique fiber optic, light-emitting diode, ring light, spot, or polarized light for anisotropic materials. Each microscope is equipped with an HD digital camera for photomicrographs or short videos to capture real-time motion pictures. Upon considering these options, we can make informed decisions when selecting an illumination technique to determine the method or combined methods are most appropriate for a particular sample and imaging requirements.