General Microscope

How Microscopy Works & How We Save You Time & Money

Here are the advantages of our microscope leasing program:
  • Eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing equipment by deferring its cost over time
  • Payments may be 100% tax deductible*, which yields you significant cash-savings
  • Leasing through Excedr costs less than buying the equipment outright
  • Instrument downtime is decreased with our complete repair coverage
  • The administrative work associated with instrument procurement and maintenance is completed by us
  • With the capital saved through our program, labs are better able to reinvest in their core business and operations (staffing, inventory, marketing/sales, etc.)

*Please consult your tax advisor to determine the full tax implications of leasing equipment.

Despite the diversity in methods, the Excedr lease program is able to source all instrument types and can accommodate any brand preferences your end-user might have. Request an estimate today and see how leasing can discount your wide-field microscope price.

All equipment brands/models are available


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When objects are too small to be observed by the naked eye, microscopes can be used to magnify the object and make it easily visible. Studying objects this way is referred to as microscopy and is used across most life sciences, including:

  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Plant science
  • Marine biology

  • Microbiology
  • Forensics
  • Academia
  • Clinical and commercial, research, and development

Beyond life science, microscopy is a firmly established analysis tool in materials, formulation, and information technology.

Light microscopes are essential analytical laboratory tools that allow scientific investigators to view objects to as much as a thousand times their original size. In its simplest form, the light microscope is composed of a clear lens that magnifies the sample and a light source to illuminate it. However, most are much more complex, housing numerous fine-tuned lenses with tightly controlled dimensions, all within the body of the instrument itself and in components such as the objectives and eyepieces. These more common varieties are also known as optical microscopes.

Microscope Types, Configurations, & Cost

Stereo microscopes provide low magnification by utilizing the light that is reflected off of an object rather than relying on light that passes through it. For higher magnification and analysis of slide-mounted specimens, a standard wide-field microscope is required. Most widefield instruments will offer brightfield as well as darkfield and phase contrast viewing, offering different contrasts and views of your images.

The defining characteristic of bright-field microscopy is that the sample is illuminated from below. The more simple of all the optical microscopy techniques, bright-field microscopes are also the most well known. The contrast in the magnified image is achieved due to the attenuation of the light as it passes through dense areas of the sample. The denser an area is the less light that can pass through it meaning that, when compared to less dense areas of the sample, it will appear darker.

In optical microscopy, microscopes setups can range from simple, using only one lens for magnification, or complex, utilizing a system of lenses. Compound microscopes use at least two lenses to achieve the desired magnification. One lens is located close to the object, called the objective lens, while the second lens is placed close to the viewer and is usually called the eyepiece. Compound microscopes commonly use normal light as their illumination source, however, more advanced lighting setups do exist, such as phase contrast.

Upright vs. Inverted
More inverted systems are being developed and made available in the marketplace as applications become more advanced. Uprights are still the right choice for some applications, such as analyzing zebrafish embryos or stained tissue selection, but for most existing and emerging cellular imaging applications, the inverted orientation is favored.

Microscopes are one of the most well known scientific tools, however, their origins are a bit of a mystery. The concept of bending light to better see small objects is thought to be ancient. The Assyrian Nimrud lens is thought to be a magnification lens dating back to 700 BCE. The ancient Chinese are thought to have used a system of lenses and water tubes to achieve magnification around 167 BCE. Microscopes as we know them today, however, only appeared around the 1600s, but their exact inventor is an area of dispute. An early claim was made by pair of spectacle makers in the Netherlands, Zacharias Janssen and his father, Hans Martens in 1655 that they had developed it in 1590. A rival spectacle maker named Hans Lippershey also claims to be an inventor. Historians also believe a Cornelis Drebbel could be the inventor of the microscope, with his compound microscope showing up in London around 1619. Even Galileo is thought to be a possible inventor. Whoever created the first modern microscope, it would not be until 1665 when Robert Hook published his observations in his Micrographia book that microscopes began being used for serious scientific work.

Whatever your microscopy needs may be, Excedr’s leasing program can accommodate them. We allow you to spread the large upfront cost of purchasing a microscope over a longer period of time, give your lab more money on a day to day basis.

We Offer Compound Microscope Leases to Fit Every Need

Operating Lease

This off-balance sheet financing structure provides three options at the end of the term. The lessee has the option to return the equipment to the lessor, renew at a discounted rate, or purchase the instrument for the fair market value. Monthly payments are also 100% tax deductible which yields additional monetary savings.

Sale Leaseback

If you recently purchased equipment, Excedr can offer you cash for your instrument and convert your purchase into a long-term rental. This is called a sale leaseback. If you’ve paid for equipment within the last ninety days, we can help you recoup your investment and allow you to make low monthly payments. This also frees up cash in your budget rather than tying it down to the instrument.

  • FisherScientific
  • Zeiss: Axio Observer, Axio Scope.A1, Axioscope series, Axioscope 5, Axioscope 5 Polarization, Axioscope 7, Axioscope Vario, Axio Lab.A1, Axio Imager 2, Axio Imager 2 Pol, Axio Imager Vario, Primo Star, Primotech, Primovert, Primo Star iLED, Axio Vert.A1, Axio Examiner, SteREO Discovery.V8, SteREO Discovery.V12, SteREO Discovery.V20, Stemi 305, Stemi 508,  Smartzoom 5, PALM MicroBeam, PALM MicroTweezers, PALM CombiSystem, Elyra 7
  • Olympus: IX83, IX73, IX53, CKX53, BX63, BX53, BX43, BX46, CX43, CX33, CX23, BX61WI, BX51WI, SZX16, SZX10, SZX7, SZ61, SZ51
  • Nikon: Eclipse Ti2 series, Eclipse Ti2-E, Eclipse Ti2-A, Eclipse Ti2-U, Eclipse Ts2R, Eclipse Ts2, Eclipse Ni-E, Eclipse Ni-U, Eclipse Ci series, Eclipse Ci-E, Eclipse Ci-L, Eclipse Ci-S, Eclipse FN1,  Eclipse E200, Eclipse E100, Eclipse LV100N Pol, LV100ND Pol/DS, Eclipse Ci Pol, Eclipse E200 Pol, SMZ25, SMZ18, SMZ1270, SMZ1270i, SMZ745, SMZ745T, SMZ445, SMZ460, AZ100, AZ100M
  • Leica
  • BioTek
  • Bruker: 3D Optical: Contour Gt-K, Contour Elite K, Contour GT-I, Contour Elite I
  • JPK BioaFM
  • MeijiTechno
  • LaboMED
  • Keyence: 3D Surface Profiler: VR Series, VR-5000
  • Molecular Devices
  • Accu-Scope
  • Vision Engineering: Non-Contact Measurement: Swift PRO Duo, Swift PRO Elite, Swift PRO Cam, TVM, Falcon, Falcon CNC, Hawk Elite, Hawk Duo, Hawk Duo CNC
  • Sutter Instruments: BOB, SOM Simple Moving Microscope
  • Quantum Focus Instruments Corp.: QuantumScope
  • MicroData Instrument, Inc.
  • AmScope
  • Euromex
  • Swift Optical Instruments
  • Kern & Sohn
  • Ted Pella Inc.
  • Motic
  • Advanced Materialography
  • Santa Barbara Imaging
  • National Optical & SCientific Instruments
  • Helmut Hund
  • Auxilab
  • A.KRÜSS Optronic
  • LW Scientific
  • View Solutions Inc.
  • ScienceScope
  • Mitutoyo
  • BoliOptics
  • and more!


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Effect on Credit & Operating Capital

Leasing/renting does not hinder your future borrowing ability and allows you to keep your business credit line open for expansions, staffing, and other operational expenses. Additionally, it strengthens the cash flow of your business and keeps cash reserves free for business development opportunities.

Used Equipment

Unlike traditional financing and leasing companies, the Excedr program can accommodate refurbished / reconditioned equipment in addition to demo units. If you are looking for additional cost-savings, we recommend considering this option.

Speed of Approval

Excedr’s program allows you to respond quickly as your need for equipment and technology arises. You can be approved with minimal documentation and have the equipment you need in operation and generating revenue for your business quickly.


Whether you are looking to lease a next generation sequencer or leaseback an imaging system, we can help. Fill out our contact form or call us at +1(510) 982-6552 to discuss the configurations for your leased lab equipment.