The LB improved the image quality of all observations, including bright field, dark field, polarization, fluorescence and phase contrast.
Research and educational labs often prefer the BH-2. The compact size, durability and affordability made it an especially attractive choice for schools.
One of it’s many appealing accessories, for researchers and educators alike, was a group observation attachment that enabled up to five people to view a specimen simultaneously.
Due to the number manufactured and sold, the solid construction and availability of parts and refurbished models, the BH-2 Olymous Microscope is certainly not obsolete.
This is also, in large part, because of the accessories and ability to customize the microscope to meet specific laboratory and research needs.
Olympus BX Series - BX41 & BX51
As a positive upgrade from the BH-2 is the BX Series of Olympus microscopes, launched in the early 1990s, built upon the success of the BH-2 with an amazing set of features, ideal for high-end researchers and clinicians.
BX microscopes are equipped with UIS2 Optical System. The UIS2 minimizes image distortion and increases image quality.
Other benefits include aberration-free performance, increased NA, concentrated illumination and an eco-friendly design.
Completely lead-free, the UIS2 is made out of a glass and is not only an environmentally sound option, it allows for clearer, brighter, beautifully contrasted images with little to no noise.
In addition to being versatile, the UIS2 accommodates all Olympus microscopes.
Common to the BX41 and BX51 models are the following features:
The BX41 has a wide-range of applications and is especially suited for clinical research.
Specifications unique to this model include a large fine-focus knob that can be moved to the right or left side and a 6v-30w halogen Kohler lamp with pre-set buttons for convenient photo documentation.
The BX51 is a research model that melds the UIS2 technology with advanced fluorescence (DIC) technology.
Like other Olympus microscopes, this new model is able to offer leading technological advances and a variety or different applications and accessories without being cumbersome or difficult to operate.
Additional specifications for this microscope include:
The BX51 does come with a few disadvantages, most notably the awkward position of the stage knob next to the light control and difficulty cleaning oil off of the ceramic stage.
However, most scientist and clinicians, especially in light of all the advantages this microscope has to offer, would consider these minor issues at most.
While continuing your research of Olympus' BX series feel free to follow the link: BX43; BX53; and BX63 in review.
Olympus microscopes demonstrate a high standard of excellence in design, performance and versatility.
Olympus has shown a respect for the environmental with its glass UIS2 Infinity System, plus an understanding of ergonomics with adjustable viewing elements, low-position of controls and possibilities for customization.
The older Olympus microscope designs, such as the BH-2, are still popular, widely used microscopes and the newer BX and CX Series models show the company’s commitment to cutting-edge technology and design on all levels of affordability.
We have examined only a few compound microscope models from this manufacturer on this page and will be dedicating further pages to other models including their stereo microscope designs soon, so please check back often.
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