UK sources of used microscopes

Most Quekett members prefer to buy used microscopes made by reputable manufacturers rather than buy new ones that are far more expensive. However, it can be difficult to find used microscopes and accessories, so you may find this list of sources in the United Kingdom useful.



There are several open meetings each year organised by the Quekett and by other clubs and societies at which members (and sometimes a few dealers) sell used equipment. It is not possible to predict what will be available, so you just have to turn up and browse. Even if you don’t buy anything, these meetings are a good opportunity to see and try out a wide range of microscopes and accessories, and to meet friendly and helpful amateur microscopists. These meetings are all open to non-members. For dates, please see the Club Programme. Please take note of the sales policy at club meetings.

  • Husbands Bosworth (Leicestershire)
    annual general meeting of the Postal Microscopical Society, with sales, exhibits, lectures and the AGM
  • Lockington (Leicestershire)
    a Quekett regional meeting held once a year, with exhibits, lectures and perhaps sales
  • Manchester (Greater Manchester)
    annual Summer Meeting of the Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Society, with exhibits, talks and sales
  • Morley (West Yorkshire)
    annual meeting of the Leeds Microscopical Society, with sales, exhibits and lectures
  • Northampton (Northamptonshire)
    annual exhibition of the Microscopy Section of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society, with sales and exhibits
  • Penkridge (Staffordshire)
    a PMS/Quekett regional meeting held twice each year, with sales, exhibits and lectures
  • Pool in Wharfedale (West Yorkshire)
    annual meeting of the Postal Microscopical Society, with sales, exhibits and lectures
  • Reading (Berkshire)
    annual Convention of the Reading Microscopical Society, with sales, exhibits and lectures
  • St. Albans (Hertfordshire)
    Microscopium, the Quekett’s annual event dedicated to sales (no exhibits, no lectures)


  • eBay
    There are always lots of microscopes on eBay, but it is not always easy to tell good sellers from rogues, prices range from bargains to absurd, and you cannot normally see the goods before buying, so be very careful. Most items can be found in these categories:

  • Quekett Members’ auctions
    The Club can sometimes assist the families of deceased members with disposing of equipment that they do not want and do not understand. When we have volunteers available to collect, store, check, photograph, catalogue, pack and post items, we hold auctions that are restricted to members.

Brochures and instruction manuals

It can be difficult to find information abut the specifications of old equipment and how to use them, so we have produced a list of links to websites where documents can be downloaded:

Used microscopes for sale
Used microscopes for sale at Microscopium in 2013

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