Nikon has been producing microscopes for almost a century, starting with a simple brass compound monocular brass microscope in the early 1900s. Today, Nikon microscopes are among the best in the World and are found in research laboratories in almost every country. The Nikon Museum of Microscopy features many of the older microscopes introduced from the 1960s to the end of the twentieth century, as well as several important accessories that have been used for both teaching and research.
Nikon's First Microscope
A brass, compound monocular microscope made in the early 1900s.
Model H Microscope
A unique laboratory diagnostic instrument that resembles a common camera.
Model SM-5 Stereoscopic Microscope
Workhorse binocular stereomicroscope with widefield high-eyepoint eyepieces.
Nikon's first in a very successful line of stereomicroscopes. Featured excellent optics, long zoom capabilities and low signal-to-noise ratios.
Nikon Apophot Table Microscope
The first attempt by Nikon to create a large stand research instrument.
Model S Microscope
Binocular microscope with a mechanical stage introduced in the late 1960s.
Model S Epi-Illuminator
Accessory designed to convert a transmitted upright microscope for reflected observation.
Model S-Ke Microscope
The first Nikon microscope equipped for Köhler illumination.
Model M Inverted Microscope
Early inverted microscope designed for metallurgical and biological investigations.
Halogen Lamp Illuminator (Model S-Ke)
Accessory halogen illuminator for the Model S and L microscopes.
Interference-Phase Microscope Accessory
The interference accessory measures phase and refractive index differences.
Microflex Model PFM Camera Accessory
35-millimeter camera system introduced in the 1970s for photomicrography.
Model G Microscope
A monocular microscope with three objectives and an Abbe condenser.
Model MS Inverted Microscope
An inverted model designed as a sister instrument to the upright M model microscope.
Model S-Po Microscope
A polarized monocular microscope with a circular rotatable stage.
Model GH Microscope
An advanced version of the Model G with a mechanical stage.
Stereoscopic Microscope Model SM-6
Successor to the SM-5, this advanced version features gliding stage accessories.
Slit Lamp CS-1 Microscope
An ophthalmological tool introduced in the mid-1970s for eye examinations.
Upright microscope utilizing Nikon's CF optical system.
Labophot Entry-Level Research Microscope
A versatile binocular microscope with five objectives and Köhler illumination.
Multiphot Large-Format Photomacrography Microscope
Designed for photomacrography, the Multiphot could handle up to 4 x 5-inch film sheets.
Nikon's first student/classroom microscope featuring CF optics.
Microphot-FX Research Microscope
High-performance predecessor to the Eclipse series microscopes.
Diaphot Inverted Tissue Culture Microscope
Popular tissue culture microscope used to create the first test tube baby in the United States.
Nikon TMS Inverted Microscope
A simple and popular inverted microscope for tissue culture applications.
Optiphot-88 IC Inspection Microscope
A replacement for the Optiphot-66 able to handle 8-inch silicon wafers.
Model SMZ-2T Stereomicroscope
A trinocular stereoscope designed for photomicrography and digital imaging.
Research-level microscope with infinity-corrected optics and numerous accessories.
SMZ-U Stereoscopic Zoom Microscope
One of Nikon's most popular stereoscopes equipped for photomicrography.
XD-20 Large Substrate Microscope
An early wafer inspection microscope for the semiconductor industry.
Polarized light version of the popular E600, including a 360-degree rotating stage.
Diaphot 200/300 Inverted Microscope
The inverted microscope that "everybody wished for."
A high-performance bridge between the low and high end Eclipse microscopes.
Eclipse TE300 Inverted Microscope
The first major upgrade of the Diaphot inverted research microscope.
Nikon's mid-level workhorse research instrument developed in the late 1990s.
Nikon's most advanced research-level automatic microscope of the late 1990s.
Based on the E600, this model was designed for patch clamp electrophysiology.
Model SMZ-800 Stereomicroscope
Modern binocular stereomicroscope with a common main objective.
Late 1990s student binocular microscope still in widespread use.
Next generation inverted microscope designed to incorporate Nikon's new infinity optical system
Model SMZ1500 Stereomicroscope
This microscope represents Nikon's entry into twenty-first century stereomicroscopy.
Eclipse TE2000 Inverted Microscope
Nikon's flagship inverted microscope system for the new millenium.
Nikon's most advanced stereomicroscope.