Frequently Asked Questions

We accept all major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard) , Pay Pal, as well as Purchase Orders (Call 800-219-1451 or email ). Purchase Order Minimum $300.

Yes however to process a purchase order please request a quote as our legal company name for you to issue a purchase order is not Microscope Central. The quote will have the company name and other information. The minimum for us to process a purchase order is $300 and is subject to approval based on the item(s) you are looking to purchase.

Qualified returns are accepted within 14 days of receipt of item(s). Buyer is responsible for all shipping charges. All Applied Discounts, Custom Duties and Taxes, and Shipping and Handling Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.  For more information, and qualifying products please view our return policy info click here.

To cancel an order, email us at

For any problems with an order, call 800-219-1451 or email for assistance.

Changes to an order can be made directly online or you can contact us at 800-219-1451 or

Orders are generally processed within 24 hrs. If a product is in stock, it will be shipped immediately. Delivery of items not in stock may take a few weeks. Tracking is provided for all purchases.

We ship via UPS, FedEX, and USPS.

*Shipping for orders over $99 placed online in the Continental US is free and will ship UPS ground. For orders under $99, shipping is $9.99.

*Estimated Shipping to Canada and Mexico is $50 per camera/accessory and $99 per microscope. We will confirm final shipping cost at time of purchase.

Yes, on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at with the item(s) you are interested in purchasing as well as your shipping information.

The industry standard for microscopes is 5-year mechanical, 1-year electrical. Some manufacturers extend this. All of our used microscopes come with a minimum 1-year warranty.

For orders with expedited shipping, please contact us prior to placing the order online. We can offer expedited shipping on select products, and this can vary.

Yes, we can send you a formal quote for you to generate a purchase order, just email us at

If you have a microscope you are looking to sell, please email us as much information as possible make/model, quantity, purchase price, and asking price. If we are interested, we will let you know.

Feasterville, PA

We are a family-owned Microscope Sales & Service Company in business since 1936.

We carry Leica, Accu-Scope, Unitron, Meiji, Labomed, Motic, Mitutoyo, Jenoptik, Lumenera, National, Swift Optical, Amscope, LW Scientific, Q-Scope, View Solutions, Scienscope, O.C. White, Eruomex, Optika, and more.

FYI - Many websites/companies private label these brands. So if you cannot find what you are looking for, just ask. We will help you get to the bottom of it!

There is no simple answer.  We carry the largest selection of microscopes from various manufacturers, and all have their strong and weak points. We suggest contacting us, and we will help you find the best microscope for your needs, budget, and expectation.

If you are looking for a particular brand/model and cannot find it, keep in mind that there are many options out there and endless configurations. There are also many companies that private label their scopes so you cannot find them elsewhere - or at least they want you to think that!

Bottom line - if you cannot find what you are looking for, call us at 800-219-1451. If for some reason we do not have it, we will try our best to point you in the right direction.

Most microscopes we sell are to professionals, not hobbyists. Hobbyists will tend to write reviews, and these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. A pathologist is not going to take the time out of his day to write a review.

With reviews in general, anyone can post anything on the internet. You do not know their qualifications or if they are being incentivized.

A compound microscope is used for viewing slides and will have higher magnification. A stereo microscope offers low magnification and is used for viewing anything you can put underneath it. Compound microscopes are typically found in laboratories, hospitals, vet clinics. Stereo microscopes are commonly used in industrial applications.

Of course! Microscopes are highly configurable, and most microscopes can be modified from what you see on our website (different heads, objectives, stands, cameras, etc.)

Almost any microscope can accept a camera, even without a trinocular head. With a trinocular head you need a c-mount adapter to mate the camera to the head. Without a trinocular head you  can remove an eyepiece and insert into the eyetube with an adapter, or you can buy an over the eyepiece camera adapter.

Today, the majority of microscopes are made in China  where  the factories copy each other’s designs. From the outside you can see two microscopes that look identical.  However the insides (gears, optics, prisms) are completely different.  These differences account for the variance in price.