AmScope SE306R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope

The AmScope SE306R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope is ideal for both home and school use. The binocular viewing head of this microscope has an interpupillary range of 55 to 75 mm. This allows for the range to be adjusted to the specifications of individual users, making ideal for both younger users and adults.


WF10X and WF20X pieces combined with the 2X and 4X subjective will provide the user with 20X, 40X and 80X magnification and a longer working distance that would prove beneficial for inspecting large scale specimens, which may require handling or even repairs.

The optical glass lenses allows for sharp images given that they are highly coded in order to ensure high resolution images. This is an important aspect of the microscope given that it will allow the user to view the fine details of the specimen under observation and effectively manipulate/handle parts.

This makes it particularly ideal for watchmakers, jewelers as well as philatelists among others, who often observe the finer details of the objects to either repair them or determine their authenticity.

With the AmScope SE306R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope, dioptric adjustment is also possible, which allows it to accommodate individual light strength differences. In addition to the adjustable interpupillary range, this is an important feature of the AmScope SE306R-PZ given that it allows for users with different eye visions to comfortably use the microscope.


Being a stereo microscope (also an inspection or dissection microscope) the AmScope SE306R-PZ low magnification and long working distance, which makes ideal for the manipulating the specimen under observation.

The versatile illumination provides both the incident lighting (top) as well as transmitted (bottom) illumination. As such, the user can either chose between incident illumination, where light is shown down on to the image and the transmitted illumination where light is transmitted through the frosted stage plate.

While indent illumination serves to observe 3D objects/specimens, transmitted illumination serves to observe slides given that light is passed through the specimen.


The stage of this microscope has frosted stage plate for use with lower transmitted lighting as well as a reversible black and white plate that will provide contrast with both light and dark colored specimens when used with upper reflected lighting. This aspect of the microscope makes it easier to observe both light colored and dark colored objects given that frosted stage is reversible (black and white). With this feature, contrast is enhanced regardless of whether the specimen is dark or light in color. 

Some of the other important features of the microscope include:

  • One Pair of Eye-guards
  • One Spare Bulb
  • Halogen Light Source 
  • High quality original true color

Pros and Cons


Constructed with quality material, which makes it long lasting

With 2X and 4X objectives that can be switched, it is more convenient for use as compared to microscopes with fixed objectives.

It is easy to use


The 20X eyepieces optics can be dark, making it difficult for the user to get a good view.

Optics can be too bright, which may cause distortion

It lacks a light dimmer


What makes the AmScope SE306R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope unique is that it is a very good microscope for an array of applications. Being a stereo microscope, it can be used in a variety of fields including forestry, geology, archaeology and biology among others.  Hobbyists, jewellers, and watchmakers among others will find it convenient for their respective activities given that the versatile illumination system (the transmitted and incident illuminations) allows it to be used for an array of functions.

Although the magnification only goes up to 80X, it would be an ideal microscope for younger users who have shown interest in microscopy as well as young curious minds who wish to observe the fine details of various 3D objects/specimens such as stamps and coins among others.

At home, it can prove to be a very important tool for both parents and kids given that parents can use it to introduce kids to microscopy, and get them to develop an interest in learning about their surroundings.

Overall, the AmScope SE306R-PZ Forward Binocular Stereo Microscope is a good microscope that will prove fun and useful for younger users and even adults depending on its application.

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