Buying a Microscope

What do I need?

The Microscope

Entering the world of microscopes for the first time can be daunting, however our courses will familiarise you with the necessary equipment, and teach you how to set up, use and care for a microscope before buying your own. Although we provide practise microscopes for use on the course, you will need your own in order to complete the required case studies.

Red blood cells viewed under a 'darkfield' microscope

Red blood cells viewed under a 'darkfield' microscope

Live & Dry Blood Analysis uses a highly-specialised 'darkfield' microscope. 'Darkfield' describes the way the light is passed through the sample, highlighting the various elements within the blood that otherwise would be invisible under normal microscopy lighting. In order to get the most detail possible, it is vital that the microscope has a powerful light source and high quality built-in lenses, allowing for a true representation of the blood sample. Not all darkfield microscopes on the market will have these features, so it is important to choose carefully. 

Digital camera

It is essential that alongside your microscope you have a good quality imaging setup that enables you to display the magnified image digitally on a screen. This allows you to show the image to your client, as well as capture stills and video of blood samples for your records.

We are happy to answer any questions that you might have about the specific requirements of a Live & Dry Blood Analysis microscopy setup. 

Which microscope/camera should I buy?

We have a partnership with Brunel Microscopes who supply high-quality optical equipment and are based here in the UK but can ship to anywhere in the world. For our students we recommend the Haemascope DG from Brunel Microscopes and a Canon DSLR camera. Brunel supply exclusive packages for our students that include everything you need to get started, at very affordable prices. They can even deliver your microscope and camera setup to the course venue, so you can learn on your own equipment.


Brunel Darkfield Microscopy Package:

  • Brunel Haemascope DG 12V 100W
  • Condenser
  • x2.5/x10/x20/x40/x100 Objectives
  • Universal SLR adaptor
  • Slides & Cover Slips
  • Immersion Oil
  • Lens Cleaning Kit
  • Training DVD
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Free Service within 2 years of purchase

Remote Imaging Package:

  • Canon 1300D DSLR Camera
  • T2 ring Lens Adaptor
  • Mains Wired-in Battery
  • Remote Software

For more information & current pricing please call Shirah on 01273 569130
or email