Digital Microscopy in Harsh Conditions

The portability of Dino-Lite microscopes make them very convenient to take into areas where a traditional microscope can’t go. By necessity, some applications might expose the Dino-Lite to dangerous conditions.

Dino-Lite microscopes are durable, and can function well under fairly harsh conditions. Even still, it can help to know what can cause problems, and how to protect the Dino-Lite against those.

Environmental Considerations

You can find the temperature and pressure guidelines here:

Lens Chamber Protection

One of the most common ways to degrade the performance of a digital microscope  is to get fluid or other debris onto the lens. This can result in spots and specs on the lens and/or sensor, and even cause electronic failure. If there is any risk of this, please use a closed front cap.

  • The N3C-C is included with all Edge Series models.
    • Replacements are available in 2 packs. Make sure to remove the blue film before use.
    • Note: at lower magnification, there may be a glare from the internal lights. Consider turning those off and using external lighting instead.
  • For Premier series models that begin with AM or AF, a 10 pack or 2 pack of sealed caps are available as well.

Full Body Enclosures

You may need to protect the full body from flying debris or dust. These can help:

  1. Silicone sleeve: MSAH352 (10 pack) – easy to cut
  2. Full metal enclosures:
    1. MSAH302 – For most Edge series models and Premier models beginning with AD
    2. MSAH303 – For Edge 3.0 models and models beginning with “AF”.
MSAH303 Harsh environment enclosure for “AF” + USB 3.0 Edge Series Dino-Lite microscopes.

Other Concerns

Please contact our tech support team for any other Dino-Lite related questions and concerns.

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