Microscope Brand of the Month: OPTIKA Italy

This month, our brand of the month is OPTIKA Italy, a cutting-edge manufacturer of optical microscopes and accessories most popular in educational and laboratory settings.

OPTIKA Italy is the largest manufacturer of microscopes in Italy. Founded in 1971 by a physics teacher, OPTIKA began manufacturing microscopes in 1990. OPTIKA backs up its educational and laboratory equipment products with more than 45 years of experience.

Let's find out more about OPTIKA Italy microscopes and some of the innovative products and accessories they offer.

Quality Craftsmanship and State-of-the-Art Technology: What Makes OPTIKA Italy Unique

OPTIKA Italy stands out from the crowd because of its wide range of products, competitive prices and top-notch manufacturing practices.

Because most OPTIKA microscope products are made in Italian ISO:9001-certified factories rather than Chinese factories, they offer a higher level of quality and reliability. Each of their products is created with top-of-the-line technology, expert craftsmanship and a focus on crisp optical performance.

Additionally, OPTIKA is one of the only manufacturers to offer a free service protection guarantee with each of its microscopes (here at New York Microscope Company, we also offer free service protection).

For these reasons, OPTIKA is able to compete with some of the most well-known European and Japanese microscope companies.

OPTIKA Italy is our brand of the month because it blends technological innovation with meticulous manufacturing practices and attention to detail. It offers a fully fledged line of microscopes ideal for use in several industries, such as:

  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Research
  • Quality control inspection
  • Medical
  • Education

Three OPTIKA Microscopes We Love

Although each of OPTIKA Italy's optical microscopes have something to offer, we're shining a light on the following three to demonstrate what we love about the whole line.

1. OPTIKA B-290 Series Biological Microscopes

OPTIKA B-290 Series

Discounted Price: $857

Some features we like:

  • Ergonomic and compact design
  • Sharp, high-contrast images
  • Built-in carrying handle
  • Clear, adjustable X-LED3 illumination
  • Widefield 10x/20mm eyepieces
  • Planned and infinity planned objectives, which magnify and collect light from the specimen
  • Optional trinocular configuration
  • Optional LCD screen
  • Focus controls placed lower on the microscope for maximum comfort
  • Optional solar battery pack

With their computer-engineered components, precise manufacturing and comfortable design, OPTIKA B-290 series biological microscopes are perfect for routine microscopy and laboratory brightfield applications.

Knowing this, it's not hard to see why this microscope is one of OPTIKA's most popular. It's comparable to the Olympus CX23 and the Nikon E200 microscopes, but is available at a much lower price point.

Thanks to an advanced LED lighting system and high-quality optical components, these microscopes can reliably produce crisp, high-resolution images.

And, with their ergonomic controls, modern design and convenient features, these microscopes enable comfortable long-term use.

OPTIKA B-290 series biological microscopes are a sensible and dependable choice for a wide range of applications, such as veterinary and laboratory.

2. OPTIKA B-383POL Trinocular Polarizing Microscope


Dicounted Price: $3,194

Some features we like:

  • Polarizer and analyzer features
  • Small footprint
  • Robust design
  • Rotating stage
  • Focus controls placed lower on the microscope for maximum comfort
  • Bright, clear images
  • Bertrand lens for conoscopic observation
  • Adjustable, powerful X-LED3 illumination
  • Widefield 10x/20mm eyepieces with cross hair micrometer
  • Trinocular observation head
  • Optional solar battery pack

With its polarized light optical system and helpful features, the OPTIKA B-383POL trinocular polarizing microscope is ideal for geological applications and laboratory analysis.

In fact, this microscope is similar to several models offered by Olympus and Leica, but is available for a comparatively low price.

Most notably, the microscope's polarized light optical system provides all the benefits of brightfield microscopy as well as an additional wealth of information. With this microscope, users are able to analyze refractive indices, retardation, extinction angle, birefringence and pleochroism.

And, thanks to its bright, crisp LED-illuminated images, users will enjoy an exceptional level of clarity.

3. OPTIKA IM-2 Trinocular Phase Contrast Inverted Microscope


Discounted Price: $3,543

Some features we like:

  • Glass stage surface
  • Sleek design
  • Small footprint
  • Sharp, high-quality images
  • Trinocular observation head
  • Brightfield and phase contrast observation modes
  • Widefield 10x/22 eyepieces
  • Adjustable and powerful X-LED8 illumination
  • Included blue, green and frosted filters

Thanks to its brightfield and phase contrast observation modes and powerful LED illumination, the OPTIKA IM-2 trinocular phase contrast inverted microscope is perfect for quick and reliable routine inspections.

Although it can compete with similar Motic microscopes, it's available for a much lower cost. Its straight neck leaves plenty of room for sample positioning and advanced probes, while its refreshingly simple optical design provides stable alignment and smooth, accurate movements.

Additionally, the microscope's glass stage surface allows for optimal visual access to the objective turret.

Looking for a dependable educational or laboratory microscope? New York Microscope Company is honored to be the exclusive agent for OPTIKA Italy in North America.