SX45 Elite

Industrial Stereo Zoom Microscope

The SX45 Elite industrial inspection stereo microscope with its extra long working distance, precision optics and compact design is the perfect solution to many industrial, manufacturing, and biological applications.

  • 8x – 50x magnification (200x max.)
  • Extra-long working distance
  • Wide range of configurations

Industrial Stereo Microscope

With more than 60 years experience in design and manufacturing of high performance optical systems, Vision Engineering’s SX45 Elite delivers value, performance and flexibility.

The SX45 Elite provides high quality stereo viewing, ideal for both industry and life science applications.

Perfect for manufacturing, inspection and quality control, and on the shop- floor, the SX45 Elite’s extra long working distance is great for manipulation, rework, dissection, or simple inspection tasks.

Additionally, a wide range of stand options and accessories allow tailoring to suit individual requirements.

Stand Options

Bench Stand

  • Compact and versatile
  • Low profile base optimizes ergonomics for reduced operator fatigue
  • Built-in transformer with intensity adjustment for both surface and substage illumination

Boom Mount

  • Ideal for larger specimens
  • Stable platform base, or for mounting directly to user’s work surface
  • Enhanced freedom of movement

Articulated Arm

  • For enhanced flexibility
  • Low profile base optimizes ergonomics for reduced operator fatigue
  • Multipoint adjustability allows precise positioning and alignment

Floor Stand

  • Perfect for inspection of large or immovable subjects
  • Height and reach adjustments for inspection of different sized or positioned samples
  • Articulated adjustable horizontal arm
  • Heavy duty wheeled base provides mobility to move around shop floor or lab


Stereo zoom Microscope Accessories

A wide range of accessories are available to complement the SX Elite family of products.

Image Capture, Archive & Documentation

SX45-TR Elite trinocular stereo microscope head
  • Trinocular head option allows the use of digital or video camera. (Only available on the SX45-TR model)
  • Modular multimedia solutions are available for image archiving, acquisition, processing, analysis and documentation

LED Ring light

SX Elite microscope LED ringlight
  • For use with bench stand, where additional surface illumination is required (standard option with articulated arm and boom mount).

Floating stage

SX Elite stereo microscope floating stage
  • For use with bench stand models, the floating stage provides smooth sample control, ideal for inspection tasks.

Polarization Set

  • Useful accessory when used for material science, metallurgy, petrology, as well as many geological and pharmaceutical applications.
  • Polarizing filters can be accommodated with the bench stand.



To discuss your particular requirements in further detail, please contact your local Vision Engineering representative.

Optical data

Eyepieces Objective Lenses Zoom Range Working Distance
10x/22 F.N. 0.5x* 4x – 25x 8.69″ (220.6mm)
10x/22 F.N. 1.0x 8x – 50x 4.53″ (115.0mm)
10x/22 F.N. 2.0x 16x – 100x 2.26″ (57.5mm)
15x/16 F.N. 0.5x* 6x – 37.5x 8.69″  (220.6mm)
15x/16 F.N. 1.0x 12x – 75x 4.53″  (115.0mm)
15x/16 F.N. 2.0x 24x – 150x 2.26″ (57.5mm)
20x/13 F.N. 0.5x* 8x – 50x 8.69″  (220.6mm)
20x/13 F.N. 1.0x 16x – 100x 4.53″  (115.0mm)
20x/13 F.N. 2.0x 32x – 200x 2.26″ (57.5mm)

Technical Data

  • Greenough stereo zoom microscope
  • Zoom ratio 6.3:1
  • Observation tube inclination 45°
  • Interpupillary distance adjustment 2.05″ – 2.95″ (52 to 75mm)
  • Diopter adjustment on both eyepieces


Bench Stand

SX45 Elite stereo microscope bench stand
  • A =   9.45″ (240mm)
  • B = 11.22″ (285mm)
  • C = 11.81″ (300mm)
  • D =   8.46″ (215mm) max., less working distance *

* with 1x objective

Boom Mount

SX Elite microscope single arm boom with base
  • E = 10.83″ (275mm)
  • F = 15.55″ (395mm)
  • G = 19.09″ (485mm)
  • H = 17.40″ (442mm) max.
  • I = 11.22″ (285mm) max., less working distance *

* with 1x objective

Articulated Arm

SX Elite microscope articulated arm boom with clamp
  • J = 23.62″ (600mm) max., less working distance *
  • K = 37.40″ (950mm) max.
  • L = 12.01″ (305mm) (removable)

* with 1x objective

Additional information

Ergonimic 'Eyepiece-less"


Image Capture



Low (20x max)

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