Vision Engineering Mantis Elite Stereo Microscope

The Mantis Elite is a high performance stereo inspection microscope featuring patented eyepiece-less optics to reduce user fatigue and promote high-quality work. With magnification options up to 20x, the multi-award winning Mantis Elite delivers exceptional 3D imaging ideal for a wide range of applications and industries.

Key Features & Benefits

  •  2x -20x magnification options with quick change turret allowing users to switch between low and high magnification
  •  Patented eyepiece-less design eliminates user fatigue and boosts productivity
  •  Large fields of view and generous working distances
  •  Superb hand-eye co-ordination for inspection and manipulation tasks
  •  Sharp imagery and true-to-life colour LED illumination
  •  Choice of stands and accessories for variety of applications

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Optical Data

Objective Lenses

Working Distance

Field of View










6x SLWD*















*Cannot be used together with 2x or 20x objective lens



24 LEDs

11,000 LUX

(bench stand only)

58 LEDs

2,700 LUX

Stand Dimensions

 Universal Stand Dimensions

Universal Stand

A = 593mm - 802mm
B = 352mm - 622mm
C = 415mm - 624mm
D = 103mm - 312mm

 Bench Stand Dimensions

Bench Stand

A = 487mm - 620mm
B = 300mm
C = 380mm
D = 330mm
E = 255mm max, less working distance

 Articulated Arm Dimensions

Articulated Arm

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

    = 800mm with secondary link (optional)
E= 11.42" (290mm)

 Floor Stand Dimensions

Floor Stand

A = 1390mm
B = see Articulated Arm


Episcopic Illuminator

Episcopic Illuminator  

The episcopic illuminator provides a concentration of light through- the-lens (TTL) to illuminate the bottom and sides of component features, which would otherwise be difficult to view.

With an iris feature to allow focusing of the light, the episcopic Illuminator is ideal for the inspection of complex internal/external features, such as bores, pipes, tubes, slots, holes and connectors.

- Focusable, through the lens illumination.
- Available with 4x, 6x, 8x and 10x objectives (6x, 8x and 10x objectives require a spacer block).

UV/White Light Illumination

Mantis Elite UV is a variant of Vision Engineering's Mantis Elite stereo microscope, offering clear, magnified imaging of UV fluoresced cracks, flaws and coatings.

The dedicated variant incorporates switchable UV/white light illumination for the combined benefits of stereo magnification and UV inspection, making it ideal for a wide range of specialist and general UV inspection tasks.

- Superb stereo vision gives unsurpassed crack and coating visibility.
- Independent central switch for UV lamp.
- Footswitch control for white light.

Floating Stage

Floating Stage

Mantis Compact Floating Stage 400

Provides smooth and sensitive control allowing for samples to be accurately inspected. For use with bench stand only. Sensitive controls for steady manoeuvrability

Objective Lenses

Objective Lenses

2x, 4x, 6x, 6x SLWD (Super Long Working Distance), 8x, 10x, 15x and 20x objective lenses are available, to suit different application requirements.

Mantis Elite houses two objectives in a quick rotate turret, so you can inspect at lower magnification, then switch to higher magnification for detail work.

With a 112mm working distance, the 6x SLWD objective is an ideal solution for precision applications requiring both inspection and detail tasks, such as hair restoration and dental laboratory work.

Disposable lens protection caps are available to protect your objective lens from damage when soldering, or in aggressive environments.


Choice of four stand configurations:

Universal Stand

Universal Stand
Counter-balanced universal stand offering flexibility and small footprint.

 Mantis Elite Universal Stand MAIN IMAGE 400

Bench Stand

Bench Stand
Offering unmatched stability with integral focus and dimmable substage illumination.

 Mantis Elite Bench Stand 400

Articulated Arm

Articulated Arm

For applications requiring extended reach, without compromising stability. Maximum reach of 800mm, with optional secondary link.

Mantis Elite Articulated arm 400

Floor Stand

Floor Stand
The floor stand (for use with articulated arm) is specifically designed for stereo inspection where subjects are immobile or require a standing position. Mobile and highly stable, the floor stand provides a versatile option for Mantis operators.

  • 360° movement around the base
  • Lift, swing, tilt and rotate capability

Mantis Compact visual inspection microscope floorStand 400s


The Mantis Elite is a true stereo microscope, without eyepieces. Twin optical paths pass through the patented optics of the Mantis Elite, 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.


The Mantis Elite is a popular choice for a wide range of industries including:

- Precision magnification tasks
- Quality control
- Electronics inspection
- Medical, including CSSD
- Dental rework
- Hair restoration
- Jewellery & watchmaking
- Art & antiquities

Improved Ergonomics = Increased Productivity + Profits 

Designed with an ergonomic body position, the Mantis Elite offers ease of use, comfort and significantly reduces user fatigue. With no microscope eyepieces, operators can sit back from the Mantis Elite, making viewing and co-ordination tasks an entirely natural experience.

Offering effortless 3D viewing, with the apparent distance to the viewed object image identical to that of the real object, users are relieved from fatigue and eyestrain which is so often endured when using other microscopes.

Advances in optical design allow your eyes and hands to work together resulting in increased throughput, accuracy and reduced scrap and rework.

Businesses choose Mantis because they know their operators are more efficient, more accurate and more productive. Businesses reap the benefits of better quality of work, increased productivity and increased profits.