Why Would I Want A Refurbished Microscope?
- 15 Sep, 2020
I’d really like a Porsche 911. Who wouldn’t? But lets face it - that kind of state-of-art design and engineering comes with a hefty price tag. Yet, if I really wanted to, I could still make it a reality without going broke. I would just have to go with an older 911. It might not have the “new look” or the latest bells and whistles, but it would still drive like a Porsche!
That’s sort of how it is with microscopes. You might have your eye on a new Olympus, but maybe it is not in your price range at the moment. Well…you have two options:
- Find a Suitable Alternative Brand
- Purchase a Refurbished Olympus
Either way is a fine choice. If you speak with a microscope expert, they can help you find a lower cost alternative that meets your needs. However, maybe you have worked for years with a certain brand/model, are comfortable with it, and have certain expectations for quality. In that case, a refurbished microscope just may be the ticket.
But what exactly does “Refurbished” mean? To answer that, lets take a look at the refurbishing process at Microscope Central.
Step 1: Initial Evaluation
The used microscope is tested for functionality to identify any major problems.
Step 2: Evaluation of Components
The microscope is disassembled and each component is checked to ensure that it is in good working order. Any part that does not pass this inspection is replaced. (It is important to note that more often than not there will be scratches on lenses. However, they are only replaced if it compromises image quality. When it does not affect the image quality in the focal plane, there is no need to replace.)
Step 3: Cleaning
Each component is then thoroughly cleaned prior to reassembly.
Step 3: Reassembly
During reassembly, functionality is checked for each component. Electronics are tested and mechanical moving parts are inspected and lubricated to ensure smooth movements. Optics and illumination are aligned.
Step 4: Final Evaluation
Once the microscope is completely reassembled, all operations are tested to ensure that it works as if it were new.
Step 5: Delivery & Warranty
Once a microscope has been refurbished, it is critical that no damage occurs during transportation. Each microscope is carefully and securely packed so that it arrives safely to the customer. Additionally, all refurbished microscopes
include a 1-2 year warranty.
So that’s what goes into refurbishing a microscope. On the outside it may look older or a little worn, but cosmetics should not be important. What’s important is that the instrument will function like its new. In the end, you get higher quality
at a lower cost…a Porsche 911 (so to speak) on a budget. The one thing that you will need to pay close attention to is the availability of replacement parts for a discontinued brand/model. With some brands this will not be an issue. With
others it could affect the lifespan of your scope. It’s always a good idea to speak with an expert to understand all of the pros and cons. Contact Microscope Central at firstname.lastname@example.org.