Olympus microscopes and photomicrographic equipment

Olympus microscope documentation

The Olympus OM system was in production for such a long time (1972–2003) that it was used with 4 generations of Olympus compound microscopes: EH/FH, BH, BH-2 and BX. It is not easy to obtain information about discontinued Olympus microscopes, so I have collected all of the brochures, catalogues, instruction manuals and repair manuals that I can find, including ones for the compound and stereo microscopes that are most likely to be used with Olympus OM cameras, and made them available here as free PDF downloads.

Description Date Size
BH-2 compound microscopes
Olympus BH-2 BHS/BHT System Microscopes catalogue (BH2-NIC, BH2-RFL) March 1987 7.43 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHS/BHT System Microscopes catalogue (BH2-UCD, BH2-RFC) December 1990 5.41 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHS System Microscope instruction manual May 1990 744 KB
Olympus BH-2 BHT System Microscope instruction manual July 1986 1.31 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHTU Clinical Laboratory Microscope brochure February 1981 1.58 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHTU Biological Microscope instruction manual March 1993 3.50 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHTP Polarizing Microscope instruction manual 8.12 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHSP Polarizing Microscope instruction manual 903 KB
Olympus LB Objective Series for Biological Use June 1992 4.28 MB
Olympus BHM Series Metallurgical Microscopes catalogue December 1982 8.90 MB
Olympus BH2 (BHS) Research Microscope Repair Manual May 1981 16.3 MB
Olympus BH2-NIC Differential Interference Contrast Attachment instructions June 1981 4.16 MB
Olympus BH2-DO Dual-viewing Attachment instructions 1.29 MB
Olympus BH2-RFC Reflected Light Fluorescence Attachment instructions 1.16 MB
Olympus BH2-RFL Reflected Light Fluorescence Attachment instruction manual December 1983 1.92 MB
Olympus BH2-UMA Universal Vertical Illuminator instruction manual 2.68 MB
Olympus BH2-MJL electrical troubleshooting manual January 1986 5.41 MB
Olympus BH-2 B2-AS stand exploded parts diagram 76 KB
Olympus BH-2 BHS B2-BDS-3 base unit exploded parts diagram 104 KB
Olympus BH-2 LH50A lamp housing exploded parts diagram 68.3 KB
Olympus BH-2 MLH-2 lamp housing exploded parts diagram 66.3 KB
Olympus BH-2 MLS 30, MLS 45 & MLS 80 exploded parts diagram 74.1 KB
BH compound microscopes
Olympus BH System Microscope brochure (minimal information on accessories) October 1974 7.87 MB
Olympus BH System Microscope brochure (comprehensive information on accessories) September 1977 10.9 MB
Olympus BH BHA-P Polarizing Microscope instruction manual 1.67 MB
Olympus BHM Metallurgical System Microscope instruction manual November 1980 1.22 MB
Olympus Metallurgical Microscopes Models BHMJ & BHMJ-N instruction manual March 1980 4.70 MB
Olympus High Quality Optics catalogue May 1982 2.78 MB
Olympus BH-WP Projection Prism instructions 92 KB
BH3 compound microscopes
Olympus BH3-MJLT & BH3-MJLA IC Inspection Microscope instructions 1.74 MB
CH-2 compound microscopes
Olympus CH2 (CHD, CHS, CHT) System Microscopes brochure March 1987 3.91 MB
Olympus CHK2/CHL2 Routine Microscopes brochure March 1996 1.41 MB
Olympus CHS & CHT (CH-2) Biological Microscope instructions January 1997 7.79 MB
Olympus CHD (CH-2) Biological Microscope instructions July 1998 4.95 MB
CH compound microscopes
Olympus CH System Microscope (CHA, CHB & CHC) brochure April 1977 2.98 MB
Olympus CHA, CHB & CHC (CH) Laboratory & Classroom Microscopes prices and specifications March 1981 1.83 MB
Olympus CHA & CHB (CH) Student Microscope instructions December 1985 2.24 MB
Olympus CHBS (CH) Student Microscope instructions September 1981 3.30 MB
Olympus CHA-P (CH) Polarizing Microscope instructions July 1982 5.12 MB
Olympus CH System Microscope repair manual April 1982 7.15 MB
CH3 compound microscopes
Olympus CH20i Biological Microscope brochure 367 KB
Olympus CH40 / CH30 System Microscope brochure July 1996 3.04 MB
Olympus CH30 / CH40 Biological Microscope instructions February 2000 8.35 MB
E & F compound microscopes
Olympus E (EC & EF) Laboratory Microscope instructions 6.28 MB
Olympus FH Microscope instruction manual 2.76 MB
Olympus EHT & FHT Research Microscopes instruction manual May 1974 3.24 MB
Olympus Metallurgical Microscope Model MF instructions 3.47 MB
K compound microscopes
Olympus KHC Microscope instruction manual 2.55 MB
Olympus KH Microscope exploded parts diagrams 174 KB
Vanox compound microscopes
Olympus Vanox (AH) Universal Research Microscope instruction manual July 1978 9.42 MB
Olympus Vanox (AH) Universal Research Microscope brochure (1977) January 1977 10.8 MB
Olympus Vanox (AH) Universal Research Microscope brochure (1979) March 1979 3.59 MB
Olympus Vanox (AH) Universal Research Microscope brochure (1983, LB objectives) March 1983 3.18 MB
Olympus Vanox LBM Microscope for Metallography brochure January 1983 3.96 MB
Olympus Vanox AHMT Research Photomicrographic System Microscope brochure September 1984 3.30 MB
Olympus Vanox AHMT Instruction Manual for Observation and Photomicrography 9.58 MB
Olympus Vanox (AH) Phase Contrast Attachment Instruction Manual February 1975 731 KB
Olympus Vanox AH-LSH and AH-M-LSH Halogen Light Sources instructions October 1978 1.06 MB
Olympus Universal Microscope Vanox (AH) Repair Manual October 1982 6.35 MB
Olympus AH-RFL-LB Vertical Fluorescence Illuminator Attachment Instruction Manual April 1982 3.94 MB
Inverted biological microscopes
Olympus CK2 Inverted Microscope instruction manual 1.42 MB
Olympus CK2 Inverted Microscope brochure December 1985 1.63 MB
Olympus CK30/CK40 Culture Microscope instruction manual November 2001 743 KB
Relief Phase Contrast – Olympus CK Series May 1998 819 KB
Olympus CK40M Compact Inverted Metallurgical Microscope brochure 390 KB
Olympus Inverted Microscopes CKP/CKC (CK) brochure December 1976 1.56 MB
Olympus CK Inverted Microscope exploded parts diagram 949 KB
Olympus IMT-2 Inverted Research Microscope Instructions November 1990 2.78 MB
Olympus IMT Inverted Research Microscope instruction manual April 1979 4.05 MB
Olympus IMT Inverted Tissue Culture Microscope brochure June 1976 4.09 MB
Metallurgical microscopes
Olympus BHM (BH-2) Series Metallurgical Microscopes catalogue December 1982 8.90 MB
Olympus BHM (BH) Metallurgical System Microscope instruction manual November 1980 1.22 MB
Olympus BHMJ & BHMJ-N Metallurgical Microscopes instruction manual March 1980 4.70 MB
Olympus MF Metallurgical Microscope instructions 3.47 MB
Olympus Neopak Incident Light Microscope (Model N) instruction manual September 1974 3.56 MB
Olympus MG Inverted Metallurgical Microscope instructions August 1968 1.42 MB
Olympus CK40M Compact Inverted Metallurgical Microscope brochure 390 KB
Olympus Vanox AHMT Research Photomicrographic System Microscope brochure September 1984 3.30 MB
Olympus Vanox AHMT Instruction Manual for Observation and Photomicrography 9.58 MB
Olympus Vanox LBM Microscope for Metallography brochure January 1983 3.96 MB
Inverted metallurgical microscopes
Olympus MG Inverted Metallurgical Microscope instructions August 1968 1.42 MB
Olympus CK40M Compact Inverted Metallurgical Microscope brochure 390 KB
Polarizing microscopes
Olympus Polarizing Microscopes brochure December 1985 8.46 MB
Olympus BH-2 BHSP Polarizing Microscope instruction manual 903 KB
Olympus BH-2 BHTP Polarizing Microscope instruction manual 8.12 MB
Olympus BH BHA-P Polarizing Microscope instruction manual 1.67 MB
Olympus CHA-P (CH) Polarizing Microscope instructions July 1982 5.12 MB
Olympus POM Polarizing Microscope instructions 4.08 MB
Olympus POS Polarizing Microscope instruction manual April 1973 2.09 MB
Olympus Berek Compensator instruction manual 344 KB
Stereo microscopes
Olympus SD/SF Series Stereo Microscopes brochure February 1997 1.95 MB
Olympus SZ Series Zoom Stereo Microscopes catalogue September 1997 5.60 MB
Olympus SZ3060, SZ4045, SZ4060, SZ6045, SZ1145 Zoom Stereo Microscope instructions 3.05 MB
Olympus SZ3060, SZ4045, SZ4060, SZ6045, SZ1145, SD, SF Stereo Microscope exploded parts diagrams 2.13 MB
Olympus Stereoskopický mikroskop s transfokátorem (SZ4045TR, SZ6045TR & SZ1145TR) Návod k obsluze (Czech) 1996 299 KB
Olympus SZ-ADD Darkfield Adapter instructions December 1989 455 KB
Olympus SZ-STS, SZ-STB1, SZ-STP und SZ-STB2 Stativarme für die Montage von Zubehör an Stereomikroskopen Bedienungsanleitung (German) January 2004 436 KB
Olympus SZ-III / SZ-Tr Zoom-Stereo Microscopes catalogue September 1988 1.67 MB
Olympus SZ-III Stereoscopic Zoom Microscope instructions June 1978 2.70 MB
Olympus SZ-III Zoom Stereo Microscope Repair Manual August 1980 300 KB
Olympus SZH10 Zoom Stereo Microscope System catalogue February 1996 5.37 MB
Olympus SZH Zoom Stereo Microscope System brochure October 1986 7.08 MB
Olympus SZH-ILLK, SZH-ILLB und SZH-ILLD Beleuchtungssockel Bedienungsanleitung (German) December 1995 1.35 MB
Olympus VE-31/VE-32 Stereo Microscopes brochure February 1998 701 KB
Olympus VM Stereoscopic Microscope (VMF, VMT, VMZ) brochure June 1986 5.61 MB
Olympus VM Stereo Microscopes (VMF, VMT, VMZ) instruction manual October 1986 3.44 MB
Olympus VM Stereoscopic Microscope (VMF, VMT, VMZ) exploded parts diagrams and parts list 7.32 MB
Olympus X / X-Tr Stereo Microscopes brochure (1973) December 1973 5.86 MB
Olympus X / X-Tr Stereo Microscopes brochure (1985, PM-10 photomicrographic equipment) June 1985 4.57 MB
Student microscopes
Olympus ST, HS & HSC Student Microscope instructions November 1973 1.49 MB
Olympus HSC Student Microscope exploded parts diagram and parts list 162 KB
Repair manuals
Olympus BH2 (BHS) Research Microscope Repair Manual May 1981 16.3 MB
Olympus BH2-TBI and BH2-TTR tilting head alignment procedure October 1985 143 KB
Olympus BH2-MJL electrical troubleshooting manual January 1986 5.41 MB
Olympus CH System Microscope Repair Manual April 1982 7.15 MB
Olympus Vanox (AH) Universal Microscope Repair Manual October 1982 6.35 MB
Olympus SZ-III Zoom Stereo Microscope Repair Manual August 1980 300 KB
Exploded parts diagrams
Olympus BH-2 B2-AS stand exploded parts diagram 76 KB
Olympus BH-2 BHS B2-BDS-3 base unit exploded parts diagram 104 KB
Olympus BH-2 LH50A lamp housing exploded parts diagram 68.3 KB
Olympus BH-2 MLH-2 lamp housing exploded parts diagram 66.3 KB
Olympus BH-2 MLS 30, MLS 45 & MLS 80 exploded parts diagram 74.1 KB
Olympus BHMJL-W Inspection Microscope stand exploded parts diagram 146 KB
Olympus CK Inverted Microscope exploded parts diagram 949 KB
Olympus KH Microscope exploded parts diagram 174 KB
Olympus HSC Student Microscope exploded parts diagram and parts list 162 KB
Olympus SZ3060, SZ4045, SZ4060, SZ6045, SZ1145, SD, SF Stereo Microscope exploded parts diagrams 2.13 MB
Olympus VM Stereoscopic Microscope (VMF, VMT, VMZ) exploded parts diagrams and parts list 7.32 MB
Bulbs and lamps
Olympus Replacement Bulb List 2004 288 KB
Miscellaneous
Olympus Filar Micrometer Eyepiece OSM instruction manual 344 KB
Olympus PM-LSD Illuminator instructions 272 KB
Olympus PM-LSD Illuminator exploded parts diagram 1.54 MB
Olympus Photomicro Adapter H + PM-D35-S 844 KB
How to improve photography through the microscope December 1984 15.56 MB
Olympus Photomicrographic Systems catalogue April 1987 2.53 MB
Olympus PM-10 Photomicrographic System Camera (PM-10-A & PM-10-M) brochure October 1973 3.98 MB
Olympus PM-10-A Photomicrographic System Camera instruction manual June 1979 12.2 MB
Olympus PM-10AD Photomicrographic System Instructions February 1991 2.93 MB
Olympus PM-10AK3 Automatic Photography System brochure March 1997 1.40 MB
Olympus PM-10-M Photomicrographic System Camera instruction manual April 1982 3.86 MB
Olympus PM10SP Automatic Photomicrography System brochure September 1998 2.21 MB
Olympus PM10SP Automatic Photomicrographic System Instructions February 1999 751 KB
Olympus PM30/PM20 Photomicrography Systems brochure November 1995 3.27 MB
Olympus PMT-35TA & PMT-35RA Photomacrographic System instruction manual August 1985 3.42 MB
Olympus MIC-D Digital Microscope quick start guide 4.13 MB
Price lists
Olympus UK – BH, CH, CK, HSC, IMT, SZ-Tr, Vanox, VM & X-Tr microscopes August 1978 589 KB
Olympus UK – BH-2, BHM, CH-2, CK2, HSC, IMT-2, JM-Tr, PME3, PMG3, SZ-Tr, SZH, SZ3060, SZ4045, SZ6045, SZ1145, Vanox, VM & X-Tr microscope outfits June 1989 450 KB
Olympus UK – SZ3060, SZ4045, SZ6045, SZ1145, JM-Tr & X-Tr stereo microscopes June 1989 521 KB
Olympus UK – SC 35 Photomicrography camera October 1990 374 KB

Instruction manuals and brochures for current Olympus microscopes

Manuals for BX and other current Olympus microscopes and accessories can be downloaded here:

System charts for BX and other current Olympus microscopes and accessories can be downloaded here:

Brochures for BX and other current Olympus microscopes and accessories can be downloaded here:

Instruction manuals and brochures for old microscopes from other manufacturers

The Quekett Microscopical Club has a page of Links to Microscope Manuals and Catalogues.

Description Date Size
Schott-Fostec fibre optics
Schott Fiber Optics Light Sources catalogue 3.05 MB
Schott-Fostec DCR III User’s Manual and Technical Reference 2002 11.2 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – LED light sources 911 KB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – light sources 4.41 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – lamps and accessories for light sources 2.85 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – ringlights 7.52 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – bundles 3.47 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – goosenecks 1.92 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – lightlines 3.72 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – backlights 1.03 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – accessories for bundles 2.26 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – support apparatus 4.47 MB
Schott-Fostec data sheets – technical data 320 KB

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