Inspec Insights

Looking for a Small Optical Comparator?

by James Lakin, Vice President, Sales 

Could you use an optical comparator in your shop but don’t have a lot of room or money?  Well now might be just the time to think about getting one.  MicroVu is stopping production of its 500HP Optical Comparator as of October 15, 2015 but don’t let that scare you.  Inspec is Michigan’s only authorized MicroVu sales and service provider which means you can get service from us on the comparator until at least 2025!

This product is unique in the market place.  No other optical comparator comes close to providing the capability at a very low cost, less than $2,000.  It provides a high contrast 12” screen, bright images, optional thru-the-lens surface illumination, high resolution lenses (10x and 20x), 12” x 3” T-slot table and 6” x 2-1/2” stage travel. 

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If you are concerned about purchasing a discontinued product, Inspec can help you find another comparator what would be right for your needs.  One option might be the Micro-Vu Spectra, their other optical comparator model.  It is available in both a floor and a bench model and is equipped with a high contract 14” screen, 10x to 50x quick-change high resolution with long focal length lenses, 12” x 6” x 3” travel.  Options include edge detection and Inspec Metrology Software all starting at less than $10,000.  By the way the software is no relation to us (Inspec, Inc.); just a happy coincidence.

As always, Inspec is ready to assist you with your all of your measurement needs.  If you’re not sure which model is right for you, or even if you’ve already made up your mind, please contact us at (734) 451-8740 or email us at  But remember you don’t have a lot of time, the 500HP is only available for a limited time!

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