For a couple of hundred dollars, Omax M82ES is known for the over-delivery of features not commonly found in compound biological microscopes. It is not hard to find lab researchers, scientists and microbiology students singing high praises for this microscope from Omax.
Although the features and hardware are not on par with high-end brands like Nikon and Olympus, many reviews from buyers have indicated that Omax M82ES does get the work done for them.
Be sure to read our microscope buying guide if you are new to microscopes and would appreciate a guide to help you choose the right one that is in line with your need and budget.
Below is an unbiased review of Omax M82ES in which I will provide both negative and positive aspects of this Omax microscope which was awarded “Best Compound Microscope” in 2018.
Product Core Features of Omax M82ES – What’s to Like?
Three-Dimensional Adjustment of Mechanical Stage
You will be thrilled to know that this microscope from Omax comes with a dual-layer mechanical stage where you are given full flexibility to adjust your viewing samples across all 3 dimensions (Up, Down, Left/Right). This will also help keep your slide intact as you adjust the perfect focus of your sample.
Customized Your Own LED Light Intensity
Omax M82ES comes equipped with NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm. This means the intensity of the LED lighting can be customized in accordance with your needs and most importantly it will outlast a typical halogen bulb.
Whopping 2000X Magnification with Revolving Quadruple Nosepiece
This Omax microscope provides you with eight different levels of magnifications starting from 40X to a maximum of a whopping 2000X.
In addition to that, this compound microscope also offers a revolving nosepiece that comes with objective lenses of 5X, 10X, 40X, and 100X.
Ergonomic Design Allows Easy Focus Adjustment
With coaxial coarse & fine focus knobs on each side of this Omax microscope, you will definitely find it much easier to find your perfect focus when viewing samples.
Omax M82ES Product Specification Table
|9-1/16″ x 7-1/8″ x 13″ (23cm x 18cm x 33cm)
|2-13/16inch x 1-3/16inch (70mm x 30mm)
|7 lbs 2 oz (3.25 kg)
|Binocular viewing head
|double layer X-Y mechanical stage with scales
|NA1.25 Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm
|40x to 2000x
|four achromatic objectives DIN 4X, 10X, 40X(S), 100X(S, Oil)
|45 degrees inclined 360 degrees swiveling binocular
|Sliding adjustable interpupillary distance:
|2-3/16inch ~ 2-15/16inch(55~75mm)
|Adjustable LED Lighting
|AC/DC adapter, 7.5V/7.5W (UL approved) – Input: 100-240V
Who should buy Omax M82ES?
If you have professional and academic use of a full-featured compound microscope, Omax M82ES at its current price is fairly affordable compared to those high-end models like Olympus and Nikon.
If your job is in the fields of clinical examination and research and is hoping to have a spare microscope at home for you to do some out-of-lab work, Omax M82ES will not disappoint.
Who shouldn’t buy it?
Omax M82ES is not cheap by any means. So if you not expecting to use it professionally or academically or on an occasional basis, I would not recommend getting it. Instead, you may want to consider using a portable handheld model.
Is The Price Reasonable?
If you compare Omax M82ES’s features and functions to that of high-end models, you will notice that it is a fair price to pay. As mentioned earlier, Omax M82ES is not for you if you do not think you will utilize most of its functions on a frequent basis.
Reviews from Existing Buyers
Most buyers of Omax M82ES have high praise for it, especially when it comes to the viewing of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, etc. Most of them like the fact that the main viewing objectives are removable for replacement or future upgrades.
Some users love the extra 100-piece blank glass slides and 100-piece coverslips and 50-sheet lens cleaning paper that come with it.
There was feedback that the coarse and fine adjustment knobs feel rough compared to high-end models. In my opinion, for two hundred bucks, I would treat it as a negligible flaw. 🙂
Final Thoughts – Should You Buy it?
If you have been searching for a compound microscope that comes with four high-quality achromatic objectives, and ergonomic design while offering lots of useful functions and accessories, Omax M82ES should be your best consideration.
What Else to Know?
Yes, it comes with a small bottle of oil
The LED light bulb should last more than ten thousand hours
No, you will need to get a eyepiece camera for hooking up to your computer screen.
- Binocular microscope
- 4 DIN objectives 4X, 10X, 40X, 100X
- A pair of eyepieces WF10X
- A pair of eyepieces WF20X
- A bottle of Immersion oil
- AC adapter (US and Canada standard)
- Dust cover
- Color filter