Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vision Engineering Mantis Elite Stereo Microscopes: A Myriad of Magnification Options for Precision Tasks

We continue our look at Vision Engineering's Mantis line with a focus on the Mantis Elite (see our previous look at the Mantis Compact model). The Mantis Elite Stereo Microscope is a high performance viewer created for a number of precision tasks requiring magnification.

Ergonomic & Optical Advantages

As with the Mantis Compact, Vision Engineering's Mantis Elite model also features their patented eyepieceless technology designed to promote enhanced head movement for the operator and the ability to wear glasses, if needed. And boasting magnification options up to 20x, the Elite can offer long working distances and large depths of field (please refer to the Optical Data chart below). These features, along with its 3-D imaging, create an ergonomic advantage that reduces eyes fatigue and helps increase productivity.
Optical Data
Objective Lenses (Sold Separately) Working Distance Field of View
160 mm
57.0 mm
96 mm
34.0 mm
68 mm
23.0 mm
6x SLWD*
112 mm
20.0 mm
59 mm
17.0 mm
54 mm
13.5 mm
40 mm
8.8 mm
29 mm
6.5 mm
* Cannot be used together with 2x or 20x objective lens

Vision Engineering's innovations in the Mantis line come together in the Elite model to offer a high-performance stereo viewer that saves you money and boosts productivity. The Elite's combination of optical advances and ergonomic design features include:
  • A quick-change turret with 2x-20x magnification options will allow users to switch between low-magnification inspection and high-magnification fine-detail tasks
  • More than 10,000 hours of shadow-free viewing via true-color, LED illumination
  • Illumination data: Mantis Elite = 24 LEDs & 11,000 LUX, Substage (Bench Stand Only) = 13 LEDs & 1,200 - 4,000 LUX
  • Improved productivity and increased throughput via superior ergonomics
  • Superb hand-eye coordination makes inspection and manipulation tasks simpler
  • Long working distances and large depth-of-field for easy sample manipulation and rework
  • Small footprint
  • Multiple stand options

Mantis Elite Accessories & Packages

A number of accessories and packages, in addition to the Mantis Elite head unit, are available at We have a selection of objective lenses and stands (including a universal stand for flexible simplicity and a bench stand for applications requiring more stability) ready to add to the head unit. Also, as with the Mantis Compact model, Q Source has put together two Mantis Elite packages for our Web site (the MEH-001/MES-005US Mantis Elite Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Universal Stand and the MEH-001/MES-006US Mantis Elite Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Bench Stand). Please note that these packages do not include an objective lens.

Our Vision Engineering Mantis Elite Visual Inspection Stereo Microscope page has all the information you need to make a purchase or learn more about these high-tech viewers. You can also visit our main Mantis Stereo Microscopes page. For additional assistance, please contact us by email or phone at 800-966-6020.

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