Tools of the trade: Premiere Portable Rechargeable Monocular Microscope

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microscope 300By Dr Richmond Loh, The Fish Vet, Perth, WA.

Over the years, I have tried many different types of microscopes and spent thousands of dollars on them. Working full time as a veterinary pathologist, I know a good scope when I see one. I truly believe this is an exceptional microscope.

What’s good about it This is perfect for the mobile veterinarian. As a fish vet, I am completely mobile, visiting fish farms and people’s homes to check out their tanks. I take this microscope everywhere I go, even if I fly interstate. In a fish practice, you’re always looking for parasites. The main diagnostic features are their shape and the way they move. It’s best to test within one or two minutes of preparing the sample which means, in most cases, it’s impossible to take a sample back to the lab or clinic. The microscope can be plugged straight into a power point, or run off a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 20 hours. Even though it’s completely portable, it has all the features of a larger, heavier model. At 3.6kg, it’s light enough to be portable, and is stable enough on the bench. It has four, 10, 40 and 100X objectives, great optics, a mechanised stage that holds two slides, and coarse and fine focus.

What’s not so good As it’s monocular, it’s not really suitable for looking at slides for hours on end. It’s more of a quick tool to use for diagnosis. Where did you get it The microscope is made in China and can be purchased from my online store (www.thefishvet.com.au).

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