Celestron Lab’s S10-60 Review – Best Dissecting Microscope

When considering Dissecting Microscopes, the Celestron S10-60 Stereo Microscope provides the best blend of value, features, and quality for the student or serious hobbyist.

Overview

If you are looking for a dissecting microscope with the best combination of value, features, and quality, look no further than the Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Microscope.

Designed for students and hobbyists, Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Microscope is a versatile instrument for making detailed 3D observations of a variety of subjects such as coins, minerals, insects, leaves, textiles and documents. Our favorite use for the Celestron Lab's S10-60 is as a dissecting microscope for the examination of insects. 

The Celestron Lab's S10-60 dual eyepieces provides a clear stereoscopic view and as with traditional dissecting microscopes, provides low power magnification while offering a large working distance. The overall magnification range is 10x to 60x with a maximum working distance of 2.17 inches. The entire dissecting microscope unit is made of solid metal and provides a sturdy base and stage. 

This dissecting microscope from Celestron Lab's offers dual light sources with a light unit on the top and bottom of the stage. The stage also has configurable plates to adjust the contrast when dissecting and viewing specimens.  

Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Dissecting Microscope includes a wide range of eyepieces to achieve a variety of magnification levels and 1x and 3x objectives.

The  overall package is compact and appropriate for students and home hobbyists. 

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Configurable Stage Feature

The Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Dissecting Microscope includes two stage plates allowing user customization depending on the present need.

We found that the transparent stage with bottom illumination provided the best solution for viewing specimen slides while the top illumination and opaque stage provided for increased contrast when viewing specimens of various sizes, such as the included insect specimens. 

Swapping out between the two plates proved to be an easy task in which we simply had to swing the specimen arms out of the way and lift up the stage plate. The stage plates are solid glass pieces and do not feel like they would break easily. 

Design

We found no issues with the packaging or construction of the Celestron Lab's Stereo Dissecting Microscope, however it's build quality did not quite match up to our professional pick AmScope SM-4TZ-144A Stereo Microscope. Nonetheless, the solid metal construction is suitable for beginning scientists and students alike. 

The Celestron Lab's S10-60 is well suited as a dissecting microscope due to the configurable stage design.

The stage features two retaining clips for holding specimen slides in place. 

This dissecting microscope features a rack-and-pinion focusing knob,with access for both left and right handed users. The knob provides coarse precision and although not the smoothest, was smooth enough considering the price of the unit. 

The overall working distance is 2.17 inches which is fairly average as far as staged microscopes are concerned. The total dimensions of this dissecting microscope unit are 4.75 inches by 7.62 inches by 11.5 inches making this quite a portable package, ideally suited for the student user.

The dual lighting set up is a welcome feature for a microscope in this class.

The top bulb is tungsten and the bottom bulb is halogen. Both bulbs can heat up fairly quickly so extra caution should be exercised when examining heat sensitive specimens. While both bulbs can be activated together, we found it best to use the top bulb and opaque stage plate when more contrast is desired for viewing specimens while the lower light and clear stage plate are ideal when viewing specimen slides. The lights switch on fairly easily and replacement of the bulbs appears to be fairly straightforward as well. 

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Optics

We loved using the super-sharp 0.7x to 4.5x zoom objective.

The Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Dissecting Microscope provides a ton of configuration options for magnification. Our favorite feature is the inclusion of 1x and 3x objectives. The total magnification range is 10x  to 60x which is achieve through the combination of two sets of 10x and 20x eyepieces. 

Celestron Lab's indicates that the included optics are of professional quality. We tend to agree and notice that the view is crisp and sharp with faint traces of chromatic aberrations especially when viewing specimens with the top mounted light and translucent plate.  

The wide eyefield eyepieces are rightfully named and provided a wide angle view and we found not difficulty in achieving the proper focus.

The optics of the Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Dissecting Microscope are well suited to a range of low-magnification applications with the staged design being best suited for dissecting microscopy. 

 

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Celestron Lab's S10-60 Specifications
Type Stereo
Body Type 2-piece pillar-type stand
Eyepiece (2) 10x widefield
(2) 20x widefield
Nosepiece Two-position
Objectives 1x and 3x
Head Binocular with 45 degree incline
Focuser Rack-and-pinion coarse
Interpupillary Adjustment 2.25 x 3.24"
Light Source Top: Tungsten
Bottom: Halogen
Light Control On/off switch
Specimen Stage Interchangeable
Power 110VAC
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What's in the box

  • CELESTRON LABS S10-60 Stereo Microscope
  • 2 x 10x Eyepieces
  • 2 x 20x Eyepieces
  • Opaque Stage Plate
  • Translucent Stage Plate
  • 4 x Prepared Insect Specimens
1x and 3x Objective
Offers an impressive range of magnification options.
Configurable Stage Plates
Use an opaque or translucent stage plate depending on your needs.
Slight Aberration in the Optics
Some purple fringing evident in high-contrast situations.

Final Thoughts

The Celestron Lab's S10-60 Stereo Microscope is a solid choice for the student or serious hobbyist seeking a portable dissecting microscope solution. The S10-60 packs a ton of feature in a small package and we were particularly impressed with the inclusion of 1x and 3x objectives and the configurable stage plates. 

While the construction quality and optics do not match professional level microscopes the Celestron S10-60 proves to be a suitable tool for the beginning or student looking for the best value and feature set. If you are in need of a dissecting microscope, the Celestron Lab's S10-60 will not disappoint.