Microscope Consumables

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Microscope Consumables – Top Quality & Great Value

Vetlab Supplies offer the full range of microscope consumables; including microscope slides, coverslips, slide mailers, lens cleaning tissues, histoclear, and immersion oil. We also supply a variety of microscope bulbs and slide storage boxes. If there are any products that you cannot see on our price list, please contact us, and we will do our very best to source them for you.

Microscope Slides, Plain & Frosted

  • The Vetlab Value Microscope Slides are an excellent mid-range quality and priced accordingly. The slides are pre-cleaned, 1mm-1.2mm thick with polished edges and clipped corners and are also available in both plain and twin frosted (76mm x 25.4mm).

Lens Cleaning Tissues

Lens cleaning tissues are essential for cleaning microscope lenses. We supply the well-known Whatman brand of lens tissues as well as our Premiere value brand.

Microscope Coverslips, Postage and Storage Boxes

We supply a full range of slide holders which include; 6-slot, 5-slot and 2-slot postage mailers as well as a great value storage box, which holds up to 100 slides. Our coverslips are manufactured by Marienfeld or Knittel and are supplied in a variety of sizes which include; the popular 22 x 22 size supplied in boxes of 200, as well as the 22 x 40 size supplied in boxes of 100.

Microscope Drying Racks

Durable, high impact polystyrene trays DrainRack™ Jr. has 50 numbered slots. Drain holes in the bottom ensure that the rack completely empties. Slides are stored upright for easy insertion and removal and can be tilted forward and backward to find and pick up the required slide. Slide references can also be read without having to remove slides from the tray. Not autoclavable. For space saving purposes you can double the number of slides by simply storing 2 slides in each slot, giving the maximum capacity of 100 slides

Microscope Dust Cover 

As part of our microscope consumables range, we also supply Nikon Microscope Dust Covers which will fit most microscopes.  Remember it is essential for maintaining good optical performance to always keep your microscope covered when not in use.

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Immersion Oil

Immersion Oil

In light microscopy, immersion oil is used to increase the resolution of a microscope at high magnification using special “oil immersion” objectives. This is achieved by immersing both the objective lens and specimen in a transparent oil of high refractive index typically 1.5185.

Previously, Cedar Tree Oil has commonly been used as immersion oil to increase the resolution.

Cedar Oil has a number of disadvantages:

  1. Absorbs blue and ultraviolet light
  2. Yellows with age
  3. Can damage objectives by attacking the cement used to attach lenses and can harden if not removed immediately

Vetlab Immersion Oil has a refractive index of 1.5185 and does not have the disadvantages of Cedar Oil. However, we recommend that the oil is removed from the objective lens immediately after use by wiping with a lens tissue.




Histoclear is a solvent/cleaning agent which can be used in Microscopy to replace Xylene. Histoclear is effective for cleaning microscope objective lenses, especially oil immersion lenses, and also other optical instruments.

Histoclear is distilled from oranges, which gives it a recognisable citrus smell when opened. It is much safer to use than Xylene.


Cleaning & Care of Your Microscope

Cleaning and Care of your Microscope

Cleaning and Care of Your Microscope


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