Compound Light Microscopes

Compound Light Microscopes

Compound light microscopes from Leica Microsystems meet the highest demands whatever the application – from routine laboratory work to the research of multi-dimensional dynamic processes in living cells.

Compound Light Microscopes

Compound light microscopes from Leica Microsystems meet the highest demands whatever the application – from routine laboratory work to the research of multi-dimensional dynamic processes in living cells.

Leica Microsystems products are developed with the user in mind. That means our light microscopes know what matters most: superlative image quality, ergonomic handling, fast results and cost efficiency. System solutions consisting of application-oriented software and hardware components make our instrument even more efficient. Plus, you can present your results in high resolution directly in the image of the microscope specimen.

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Imaging Microhub Mica


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Multiplexed Imaging Solution Cell DIVE


Multiplex imaging solution Cell DIVE offers crystal-clear whole tissue images, the visualization of 60+ biomarkers and over 350 validated antibodies.

Confocal Light Microscope STELLARIS Cryo


STELLARIS 5 Cryo is a confocal light microscope system that helps you to target your area of interest for cryo-electron tomography (CryoET)

THUNDER Imager Model Organism

THUNDER Imager Model Organism

The THUNDER Imager Model Organism allows fast and easy 3D exploration of whole organisms for developmental or molecular biology research.

THUNDER Imager Live Cell & 3D Assay

THUNDER Imager Live Cell & 3D Assay

THUNDER Imagers provide you with a solution for advanced 3D cell culture assays, whether you want to study stem cells, spheroids, or organoids.

THUNDER Imager Tissue

THUNDER Imager Tissue

The THUNDER Imager Tissue allows real-time fluorescence imaging of 3D tissue sections typically used in neuroscience and histology research.

Leica DM4 B & DM6 B

Increase work efficiency with Leica DM4 B & DM6 B upright digital research microscopes.

Uniquely Ergonomic System Microscope Leica DM1000

Leica DM1000

Uniquely Ergonomic System Microscope

The Leica DM1000 LED combines the advantages of a fully ergonomic system microscope with innovative LED illumination, and unlimited possibilities in mobile use.

Leica DM1000 LED

Uniquely ergonomic system microscope with LED illumination

The ergonomically designed Leica DM2000 is ideal for sophisticated clinical applications, and other challenging tasks.

Leica DM2000 & DM2000 LED

Ergonomic System Microscopes for Complex Clinical Applications

Ergonomic microscope system Leica DM2500 LED for demanding tasks in life science applications

Leica DM2500 & DM2500 LED

Ergonomic optical microscope systems for routine and research applications

Inverted Microscope for Cell and Tissue Culture DMi1


Entry level inverted microscope

Laser Microdissection Microscope Leica LMD6 & Leica LMD7

Leica LMD6 & LMD7

Laser Microdissection enables users to isolate specific single cells or entire areas of tissue.

Leica DM6 FS fixed stage fluorescence microscope

Leica DM6 FS

Fixed Stage Microscope for Electrophysiology and in vivo Imaging

Forensic Comparison LED Microscope Leica FS4000 LED

Leica FS4000 LED

Forensic Comparison Microscope with LED Illumination

 Leica DM1750 M Materials Microscope

Leica DM1750 M

Materials Analysis Microscope

Multiple viewing systems are very useful for instruction of residents, and they are valuable tools for medical consultations.

Leica Multiviews

Multiple viewing systems allow multiple users to simultaneously view the same specimen

Leitz Optilux

Leitz Optilux

View the Finest Details - Compound Microscope

Robust Student Microscope

Leica DM300

Monocular, binocular or trinocular educational microscope for life sciences with 4 achromat or plan-achromat objectives

Leics DM500 with pre-focused and pre-centered condenser – prevents the need for adjustments.

Leica DM500

Binocular educational microscope for life science students with 4 infinity-corrected plan-achromat objectives and fluorescence capability

Binocular, fluorescence-capable microscope for postdocs in the life sciences

Leica DM750

Binocular educational microscope for life science postdocs with 4 or 5 infinity-corrected or HI plan-achromat objectives and fluorescence capability

Microscope for Education, Materials, Inspection and Basic Metallography

Leica DM750 M

Binocular materials microscope for education, basic metallography, and forensics education

Materials research and industrial quality control are easy with the Leica DM ILM.

Leica DM ILM

Inverted Microscope for Metallography and Industrial Materials Inspection

The Leica LAS X Widefield System performs workflow-guided advanced image analysis and includes a full range of image enhancement tools.

LAS X Widefield Systems

Fluorescence Microscope System for Advanced Imaging and Analysis

With the Leica FS CB, the investigator can visualize the tiniest differences in microstructure, texture and colour.

Leica FS CB

Motorized Forensic Comparison Microscope


Comparison macroscopes for examination of forensic evidence

The manually controlled Leica FS M provides top optical and mechanical performance for forensic investigations.

Leica FS M

Manual Forensic Comparison Macroscope

Image of C2C12 cells: The cells are stained with lamin B (magenta) which indicates nuclear structure, Hoechst (blue) indicating DNA, and γH2AX (yellow) indicating damage to DNA. Cells were imaged using a THUNDER Imager 3D Live Cell with a 63X/1.4 oil immersion objective.

Cell Biology Research

Imaging solutions offered by Leica Microsystems are designed to maximize your cell biology research.

Cell Biology Solutions

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Frequently Asked Questions Light Microscopes

Leica microscopes are modular and shipped in the configuration that best fits your stated needs or application. In case your needs change later, you can always upgrade your workstation by adding available accessories.

Leica Microsystems offers the free Store & Recall software (available with the LAS X software platform for industry) which allows you to customize the microscope functions, adapting them to the requirements and needs of each individual user. The software also allows you to restore all system settings saved with the acquired image.

All our encoded microscope solutions offer calibration and image comparison. Furthermore, Leica Microsystems offers the free Store & Recall software which allows you to restore all system settings saved with the acquired image.

No, you don’t. By installing a FLEXACAM C1 camera, you can directly save the images on an IT network server or USB medium. You can also send the images via e-mail over your network without the need for a PC.

With the FLEXACAM C1 camera you can directly save images on an IT network server or USB medium. You can also send the images via e-mail without having to use a computer.

There are a lot of accessories. Please get in contact with your local Leica sales representative.

There are a lot of ergonomic accessories for Leica light microscopes. Please contact your local Leica sales representative for more details or visit: Ergonomic Accessories for Stereo Microscopes

LAS X software only runs with Windows, but for a MAC we have a dedicated software called ‎Leica Acquire that you could download for free from the Apple store:
However, there is no software for Linux.

Yes, use of a 3rd party software is possible:

We have adapters for all C-mount compatible cameras.

The free AirLab software, compatible with iOS or ANDROID, allows the user to immediately share images, videos, and comments.

A compound microscope uses optics to produce a magnified image of a sample so that with details of it can be observed that are undetectable with the naked eye. The most basic optics of a compound microscope has at least 2 lenses: i) an objective placed nearby the sample which creates a magnified, real image of it and ii) eyepieces or oculars which are used to view the real image of the sample. A human who looks through the eyepieces sees the sample as a virtual image on his/her retina. For more information, please refer to the Science Lab article: Optical Microscopes – Some Basics

The maximum useful magnification value achieved with any type of light microscope depends on its ultimate resolving power or maximal resolution. The resolution depends on the microscope objective lens numerical aperture (NA). At low magnification values, the NA is small leading to a low resolution. At high magnification values, the NA is high yielding a high resolution. However, because the NA has a finite maximum value, approximately 1.3, the “useful” range of magnification is limited to about 1,800x for conventional light microscopes. Magnification beyond the useful range, which can occur whenever digital microscope cameras display images on large monitors, is called "empty” magnification. In this non-useful magnification range, the sample structures appear larger, but no additional details are resolved. For more information, please refer to the Science Lab articles: Beware of "Empty" Magnification, What Does 30,000:1 Magnification Really Mean?


Light microscopes help in many areas concerning the study of cellular mechanisms and immune responses for virology research. The study of virus-infected tissues and cells help improve the understanding of infection mechanisms and develop treatments against viral diseases which can have a dramatic impact on human health.

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Materials Science

Excellent sample preparation and imaging methods are key for visualizing the fine details of materials with reliability and accuracy. Leica light microscope solutions enable you to achieve this goal with high-quality optics and intelligent automation for optimal workflows and analysis.

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Semiconductor Inspection

Light microscope solutions help suppliers and device manufacturers achieve fast and precise inspection and analysis for semiconductor wafer processing. Conformity to the defined specifications during semiconductor device manufacturing is critical for reliability.

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Pharmaceutical Chemical Engineering Research

Pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing, research and development requires microscope, camera and software solutions to help users clearly and precisely visualize, analyze, and document results while ensuring the highest level of accuracy. Improve experimental efficiency and reduce strain from repetitive tasks during production while achieving the excellent quality results needed.

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