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Microscope repair

Submitted by nehal.trivediasta on 26 April 2016

Hi Veronica,

Not sure about the suitability for your purpose and location.

One of the contact you might want to try is Rod Aggett from an organisation called EDU Supplies Phone: 1300 661 607 fax: (02) 9793 8735 and  email: [email protected]

I hope it assists.

Nehal Trivedi


Microscope repair

Submitted by Lyn Ludwick on 30 April 2016

We had our microscopes serviced by:

PRIV-ED Scientific Repairs

Email:  [email protected]


Postal Address:  PO Box 354, Seaforth NSW 2092

Phone:  0418 430 338 (John)


He did a great job.

Microscope repair

Submitted by sat on 29 April 2016

In brief

Science ASSIST recognises the difficulties of schools located in regional and remote areas. Therefore, we have contacted the microscope service providers listed on our list of School science suppliers to see if they are able to repair microscopes in NT.  Responses received indicate that these companies generally service their own states and perhaps an adjoining state and that they would be prepared to travel to service and repair microscopes in NT, if the cost of a trip was feasible.

Therefore, as you have a number of microscopes which need repairing, we suggest that you do the following.

  1. List makes, models and quantity of microscopes that need repairs.
  2. Contact the supplier or manufacturer of your microscopes, if possible, to see if they have a repair and service department, or an agreement with an Australian provider. If this is not possible:
    1. see our list of School science suppliers for companies that provide microscope servicing adjacent to your state; and
    2. consider approaching other schools to see if there is a larger need for this service, which may help create a sufficient demand for a microscope repair company to travel to NT. (We suggest that you approach other schools via your teacher's or technician's network).

Additional information

Microscopes are precision instruments. The vital parts are fragile lenses, lamps and fine optics.  Microscopes used in schools are exposed to different rigours than industry or medical laboratories. It is vital microscopes are treated gently and kept maintained. Routine maintenance is best carried out annually. Further details for simple maintenance is available from SOP: Use and care of the compound light microscope. However, from time to time, repairs are required. Microscopes that are not working or are difficult to focus result in students quickly losing interest in microscopy or biology.

Schools should consider if repairs of microscopes are worth the cost, or if replacing them is a better option.

Some considerations for purchasing new microscopes are:

Further Information

Science ASSIST School science suppliers

SOP: Care and use of the compound light microscope