All about brightfield microscopes

Onion cells as viewed under brightfield microscopes.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Scientists have a specialized word for everything. On the upside, this means that there is little room for ambiguity. On the downside, that means there is a lot of jargon. One phrase you may come across a lot is “brightfield microscopes.”

What are brightfield microscopes?

Brightfield microscopes are some of the most common and simplest tools in the world of microscopy.

In bright-field microscopy, light can be transmitted through the sample and the contrast is generated by the absorption of light in dense areas of the specimen. Simply put, a light source shines under the specimen and we can see the details in great detail.

The limitations of bright-field microscopy include lower contrast for weakly absorbing samples and low resolution due to the blurry appearance of out-of-focus material. The image may appear washed out or diffuse. Phase contrast or differential interference contrast (DIC) can be added to help visualize the details of the specimen.

What are some advantages of brightfield microscopes?

  • Inexpensive and easy to use
  • Found in nearly every lab, perfect for research or clinical work
  • Great for histology, tissue culture, cell biology, microbiology
  • Excellent for observing live or fixed specimens

What are some recommended models of brightfield microscopes?

Nuhsbaum carries several high-end models of brightfield microscopes. Check out our recommendations below or contact our team to find the perfect solution.

Leica DMi1 Tissue Culture Microscope

tissue culture scope

The Leica DMi1 inverted microscope supports your specific work routine in your cell culture lab. Its operation is so intuitive, its handling so comfortable that you can fully concentrate on your work.

The Leica DMi1 camera version is an all-in-one solution for image capturing and cell culture documentation with HD quality. The cool LED light provides a perfect climate for delicate live specimens. There are no distortions of the device due to heat, which provides unchanged focus.

Leica DM750 Compound Microscope

compound microscopes with built-in handle and cord wrap

Geared toward advanced biology, life science research, and clinical labs, the Leica DM750 compound microscope is a robust stand, compact and designed to withstand the toughest student use.

Equipped with a mechanical stage to accommodate two specimen slides and labelled Abbe condenser, the DM750 can be configured with rotatable monocular or binocular tubes for shared viewing and easy storage. An integrated camera or trinocular tube with camera can be added so you can go digital.

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