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Microscopes for museums and art conservation

Oct 6, 2020

Museums: Our National Treasures

Summer vacation is here, and you may have been daydreaming of your next vacation destination. Some might like to catch some sun at the beach or go for a hike, and others might find themselves touring a museum. Museums attract visitors from around the world and have become some of the leading research institutions for their subject matters. Museum research and microscopy go hand in hand. From identifying artifacts of archaeological interest to identifying forgeries in art collections, museum researchers find themselves turning to their trusty microscopes often. If you’re looking for a top-notch research tool to aid in your conservation work, here are several microscopes for museums and art conservation.

Leica EZ4W & EZ4E

The integrated 5-megapixel camera on the Leica EZ4W and EZ4E makes these perfect microscopes for museums. The high-quality illumination of the Leica EZ4W / EZ4E shows all your samples in the right light with good contrast, so you’ll capture only the highest quality images for your research. The integrated Wi-Fi camera of the EZ4W is fast and provides crystal clear imaging direct to your Apple or Android device via Leica AirLab app, which makes viewing, capturing, and sharing images a snap. And for labs where teamwork is core to success, these models allow you to work with live image thumbnail overviews of all connected microscopes, share up to four images, or switch to a PowerPoint presentation.

Leica DVM6

The DVM6 digital microscope is a fast, reliable, and easy to use solution that combines outstanding optics, intuitive operation, and smart software to save you time. This model allows for excellent image quality as you can choose from different integrated LED illumination options and reveal more details. The high-resolution camera allows you to capture natural image colors, which is critical for art conservation. Moreover, you can get from the big picture to the smallest details in an instant. You can seamlessly carry on working even if changing objectives is required, as the sample always stays in focus and no pre-adjustments are needed. With the tilting function, you can observe your sample from different angles from up to ±60°, which makes prolonged microscope use more comfortable.

Leica M50, M60 & M80

The M50, M60, and M80 great examples of excellent microscopes for museums. They allow operators to see a large sample overview, work comfortably under the microscope, and capture images of important details easily. All three microscopes allow you to acquire comparable and traceable results at different magnification steps, which provides accuracy for repetitive tasks. The M50 features a step-zoom with five fixed zoom steps, at 6.3x, 10x, 16x, 25x, and 40x– allowing 100% reproducible results. The short optics carrier enables high light throughput and provides a large working distance, ideal in animal surgery and similar applications. The M60 offers a continuous zoom from 6.3x – 40x including engageable click stops – making repetitive inspection and measurement at a specific zoom position reliable. This system is optimized for a larger field of view to see more at a glance. Lastly, the M80 offers a continuous zoom from 7.5x – 60x including engageable click stops – expanding your insights and reliability. Optimized for higher magnification to see smaller details in perfect contrast. Each model is compatible with ergonomic accessories to help you work comfortably even if you spend the entire day on the microscope.

Whether you’re researching world-famous art or examining ancient artifacts, we have a microscope perfect for you. If you’re not sure where to start with digital imaging or would like assistance choosing a model compatible with your research goals, contact one of our knowledgeable sales representatives.

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