Stereo Microscopes

3D Visual Inspection Microscope


Mantis Compact

Mantis Compact is an ergonomic, low fatigue visual inspection microscope, excelling in the low magnification range for inspection tasks where bench magnifiers have traditionally been used.

2x – 8x magnification
Long working distance
Superb hand-eye co-ordination for inspection and manipulation tasks



Mantis Compact is a low magnification visual inspection microscope, providing truly superb 3D imaging with unparalleled freedom of head movement.

Featuring Vision Engineering’s patented eyepiece-less technology, Mantis Compact is the low magnification stereo viewer of choice for a wide range of inspection, manipulation or rework tasks requiring magnification.




  • 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x quick change magnification options
  • Superior ergonomics for fatigue-free viewing and increased quality / productivity
  • Superb hand-eye co-ordination for inspection and manipulation tasks
  • Long working distance and large field of view
  • True colour, LED illumination providing up to 10,000 hours of shadow-free viewing
  • Choice of stands to suit numerous applications

Fatigue-Free Stereo Viewing

Patented optical technology not only provides superb 3D imaging, but also allows operators freedom of head movement.

Superior ergonomics leads to greater productivity, increased throughput, improved quality control as well as minimal fatigue. Users are also able to wear glasses, if required.

Mantis Compact is ideal for a wide range of tasks requiring 3D imaging with superb hand-to-eye co-ordination, including electronics inspection, dental re-work, dissection and preparation tasks, plus many other precision magnification tasks.


Mantis Compact Ergonomic Inspection Microscope

Since its introduction, Vision Engineering’s Mantis has become the accepted standard for ergonomics and high performance magnification.

Mantis offers users 3D imaging with unrivalled clarity and comfort – without microscope eyepieces. Businesses choose Mantis because they know their operators are more efficient, more accurate and more productive. So the operator benefits and so does the business.

“Wow!” The most common reaction when looking into a Mantis for the first time…

Mantis Compact brings users many benefits for a wide range of inspection, manipulation or rework tasks.

An ergonomic body position makes Mantis more comfortable, less fatiguing and, more importantly, much easier to use. Plus, since there are no microscope eyepieces, operators can sit back from Mantis, making viewing and co-ordination tasks an entirely natural experience.

Features and Benefits

  • Superb stereo imaging, without fatigue,
  • Advances in optical design allow your eyes and hands to work together resulting in increased throughput, accuracy and reduced scrap and rework.
  • 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x magnification options provide clear, sharp images with long working distances and large depth of field.

Ease of Use

Increased head and body freedom for the operator leads to greater productivity, increased throughput, improved quality control and less fatigue.

Mantis Compact offers effortless 3-dimensional viewing, with the apparent distance to the viewed object image identical to that of the real object, eliminating re-focussing of the operator’s eye; thus reducing the likelihood of fatigue.


Price and Performance

The latest generation of Mantis incorporates the most modern advances in optical design with LED illumination and a small footprint, giving a superb price / performance ratio.

Stand Options

  • Universal arm for simplicity and flexibility.
  • Rigid bench stand for added stability with substage illumination options.
  • Articulated arm for applications requiring extended reach, without compromising stability.
  • Floor stand (with articulated arm) for inspection where subjects are immobile, or require a standing position.

The Mantis stereo inspection system is a popular solution for inspecting and manipulating samples under magnification.

Ultra Violet Illumination
Mantis Compact Ultra Violet Illumination

With Mantis Compact UV, the standard 20 white light LEDs of Mantis Compact are replaced with 20 UVA LEDs (2.4mW/cm², with wavelength peak at 375 ± 5 nanometers).

Superb 3D optics make Mantis Compact UV, ideal for a wide range of non-destructive testing, crack & fatigue detection, conformal coating inspection of PCB’s, UV medical adhesives & general UV inspection tasks.

  • Superb stereo vision gives unsurpassed crack and coating visibility
  • Fast and accurate fault detection
  • Enhanced productivity and reduced scrap rates

o discuss your particular requirements in further detail, please contact your local Vision Engineering representative.

Optical data
Objective Lenses Working Distance Field of View
2x 167mm 45.0mm
4x 96mm 27.5mm
6x 73mm 19.2mm
8x 58.5mm 14.3mm


Surface 20 LEDs 9,400 LUX
(bench stand only)
58 LEDs 2,700 LUX


Power Supply

  • 9V DC external plug transformer, available in all worldwide plug configurations.
  • Bench Stand: 100-240VAC 50-60HZ 1.0A Max, available in all worldwide plug configurations.


Universal Stand

  • A = 565mm – 775mm
  • B = 335mm – 545mm
  • C = 395mm – 605mm
  • D = 110mm – 320mm


Low profile Bench Stand dimension

Bench Stand

  • A = 475mm – 608mm
  • B = 300mm
  • C = 380mm
  • D = 330mm
  • E = 256mm max, less working distance


Articulated Arm

  • A = 880mm
  • B = 430mm
  • C = 510mm
  • D = 650mm

    = 800mm with secondary link (optional)

  • E = 290mm


Mantis Compact Floor Stand Dimensions

Floor Stand

  • A = 1390mm
  • B = see Articulated Arm


  • UV illumination
  • Floating stage
  • Secondary link arm
  • 2x, 4x, 6x and 8x objective lenses
  • Lens protection caps, disposable
  • Dust cover, Universal stand
  • Dust cover, Bench stand
  • Replacement LED array
How does Mantis work?

Mantis is a true stereo microscope, without eyepieces. Twin optical paths pass through the patented optics of Mantis, exiting the single viewing lens as separate (stereo) optical paths, just as they would with a conventional stereo microscope. There is no magic, no electronic manipulation, just a high contrast, high resolution microscope image, without the hassle of microscope eyepieces.

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