AmScope 40X-2000X Biological Compound Microscope with Mechanical Stage

Including Darkfield

- A MicroscopeMaster Review -

The AmScope 40X-2000X Biological Compound Microscope with mechanical stage with darkfield is truly a value for money. In business since 1996, AmScope is recognized as a company promoting scientific curiosity and research.

MicroscopeMaster has received positive comments on this quality microscope and upon examination have concluded that this microscope fits the bill for most everyone. 

This AmScope microscope model is professional grade and so is more than sufficient in biological, pharmaceutical, technical/medical research settings and is durable enough to be used by a small child.

For Parents

As a parent, purchasing a microscope for your child may seem like an arduous task. Perhaps you once used a microscope during your undergrad or grad studies years ago and are wondering what is available at an excellent price and of good quality today.

There are many things to consider before buying any scientific instrument particularly in the case of choosing a microscope; for instance - your child’s age, durable quality, fair price, warranty, user friendly.

There are many brands available but not all of the same quality at the same price point.

Home schooled children will need durability but will quickly outgrow certain types of microscopes. Once your lesson plans have advanced to viewing pond life and basic components of human blood or saliva, you require a compound microscope to keep your child mesmorized and the USB computer microscopes on the market may not suffice.

Please do not even consider a plastic toy microscope.

For College

If you are a science student attending college looking to buy a microscope, you require something with a good range of magnification and quality.

Clinical examiners and teachers are perfectly satisfied with the AmScope 40X-2000X Biological Compound Microscope with mechanical stage and even though this is not a Nikon or Olympus microscope, there is no reason to doubt its quality. In fact the AmScope 40X-2000X is made by the same technicians and manufactured by those who create microscopes for Nikon, Olympus, Zeiss and Leica.

The optical quality is comparable, capable of producing crystal clear images and performance is not sacrificed.

The mechanical stage is a true benefit allowing for easy scanning of the field.

This microscope is sturdily built, made of metal construction, offers eight magnification settings: 40X, 80X, 100X, 200X, 400X, 800X, 1000X & 2000X and offers versatility, if ever deciding to upgrade where various accessories and attachments are needed.

Key Features:

  • 40X-2000X Eight magnification settings
  • Binocular widefield sliding head
  • Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm plus a darkfield condenser
  • Metal framework with coaxial coarse & fine focus
  • Plus a darkfield condenser
  • 5 Year Warranty for Manufacturing Defects


  • Nosepiece: quadruple

  • Wide-field Eyepiece: WF10X/18 & WF20X
  • Stage Dimensions: 4-5/16"x 4-3/4".
  • Achromatic Objectives - 4X, 10X, 40X (spring), 100X (spring, oil)
  • ISO 9001 quality control standards
  • It weighs around 20 lbs.

MicroscopeMaster Recommendations:

If you’ve used a microscope previously, the AmScope 40X-2000X Biological Compound Microscope is certainly a good choice. A novice, on the other hand, may have a steeper learning curve but with the MicroscopeMaster's online tutorials and a good beginner microscopist book, he/she should be fine.

Purchase slides and a slide preparation kit along with a good book covering the basics.

The Celestron digital USB imager, featured below, is a great additional purchase at a very low price. Does a fine job of photographing your images and creating videos using your PC.

Check out MicroscopeMaster’s online help:

How does a Microscope Work?

Basics of a Compound Microscope

Diagram/Parts/Functions of a Compound Microscope

Use and adjustment of a Compound Microscope

Microscope Slides Preparations-Styles and Techniques

Capturing Images

If needing digital imaging capability in a microscope at the 40X-2000X magnification power with the same quality but requiring the added camera, then consider the following option:

The original retail price of the AmScope 40X-2000X Biological Compound Microscope with mechanical stage is a great purchase for the price.

The magnification quality and clarity is undeniably impressive. The clearly visible microscopic elements will fascinate a young mind and your college student will be very satisfied.

If you are looking for something which is of high quality and reasonably priced, you have found your microscope.

Take a look MicroscopeMaster's other Amscope reviews:

Amscope Student Widefield Compound Microscope

Amscope LED Cordless Student Compound Microscope

AmScope M500B-MS-LED Monocular Compound Microscope

AmScope 40X-2500X LED Digital Binocular Compound Microscope plus 3D Stage and 5Mp USB Camera

Great for Homeschool and the classroom!

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