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Microscope Services

Our Mission

We support the campus and UCDMC academic mission by maintaining an inventory of commonly used teaching microscopes. Microscope Services rents these microscopes to departments on an "as needed basis" to:

  1. minimize the university's investment in teaching microscopes
  2. accrue adequate reserves for replacement at the end of their useful life span
  3. customize microscope systems and accessories

In addition, Microscope Services cleans and repairs departmental and clinical microscopes, provides training and instructional assistance, and fabricates microscope systems.

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Our Services

We understand and support the University’s mission and take pride in helping researchers, doctors and scholars achieve their goals. Our team has over 15 years of experience servicing and repairing light microscopes, including complex, specialized systems. We provide expert repair and annual maintenance to microscopes located on campus and at the UC Davis Medical Center. We are local and able to respond to urgent requests. 

Services include:

  • Microscope and accessory rentals for teaching and research (delivery included)
  • Preventive maintenance stickers, so you know at a glance when each microscope needs to be serviced again.
  • Cleaning and repair, in our workshop or your lab
  • Free consultations to identify your specific microscope needs
  • Instructional demonstrations, in our workshop or in your lab
  • Microscope transportation and set-up for lab moves
  • Fabrication of custom scientific apparatus and optical components using our in-house machine shop, including digital camera couplers, manufactured to fit your microscope.
  • Assembly and alignment of new systems
  • In-house machine shop used to fabricate customized microscope accessories


Contact us if you have questions about our services, or to get an estimate for your job.

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Our Sustainability Efforts

  • Due to our regular in-house maintenance our microscopes can last up to 25 years
  • We maintain an inventory of parts from scopes that have been taken out of the rental pool and use them to repair older scopes. This allows us to keep items in use for a longer period of time.
  • At the end of their useful life, the majority of microscopes and accessories are transferred to Aggie Surplus for resale and reuse.
  • Since we are local we minimize fossil fuel and reduce the campus' carbon footprint.

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Rates

Rental fees are billed at the end of each quarter. 

Hourly Shop Service Rate: $68.00 for custom and/or departmental microscope service.

Delivery/Set-up/Pick-up Rate: $74 for the delivery/set-up/pick-up of rental items. Charged on a per trip basis.

Microscope Rental Rates effective July 1, 2017

Class

Rate Name

Minimum (1-21 days)

4th Week

5th Week

Quarterly Rate

01

ADVANCED DUAL-VIEW COMPOUNDS

56.99

75.99

     94.98

135.69

02

OLYMPUS BX51-TF 10 HEADED

218.06

290.75

363.46

519.19

09

STEREO DISSECTING 7X-30X

35.19

46.92

58.65

83.79

10

STEREO DISSECTING HIGH-POWER Z

32.89

43.85

54.81

78.30

11

BINOCULAR COMPOUND CLINICAL GR

37.95

50.60

63.25

90.36

12

POLARIZING PETROGRAPHIC 40YR

70.86

94.48

118.10

168.71

16

BINOCULAR PHASE CONTRAST

41.75

55.66

69.58

99.40

28

MULTIVIEW COMPOUND

103.67

138.22

172.78

246.83

33

INVERTED PHASE PHOTO

46.78

62.38

77.97

111.39

36

ADV. CLINICAL. GR. COMP.

40.39

53.86

67.32

96.17

43

TRINOCULAR HEAD STEREO

50.19

66.92

83.65

119.50

59

DUAL-VIEW ADAPTER & BINOC HEAD

4.59

6.12

7.65

10.93

60

ILLUMINATOR,STEREO

0.06

0.08

0.10

0.14

64

PILLAR ARM STAND

0.04

0.06

0.07

0.10

66

DIGITAL CAMERA - COMPUTER

5.66

7.55

9.44

13.48

67

FIBER OPTIC ILLUMINATORS

1.60

2.14

2.67

3.82

70

HIGH VALUE ACCESSORY

26.08

34.78

43.47

62.10

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