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Our New Educational Spectroscopy Kits provide users with versatile tools for understanding absorbance, reflectance, and other techniques.

Free Laptop and Software When You Purchase a New Educational Kit. See details.*

Comprehensive Educational Spectroscopy Kits are ideal for educational institutions, research labs and individuals seeking a complete solution for hands-on experiments in fields including physics, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Each kit provides the essential components -- spectrometer, light source, optical fiber and sampling accessories -- required for performing a wide range of spectroscopic experiments, making it a valuable tool for learning and research. Each kit also comes with FREE software for data acquisition, analysis, and visualization.

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Choosing Your Kit

In assembling these kits, we've drawn on our vast experience helping customers configure setups and considering each user's expertise level, measurement objectives, and performance expectations. 

If Your Expertise Level is ... We Recommend 
Beginner Essential Kit
Intermediate Enhanced Kit
Advanced Superior Kit


Understanding Focused Kits vs. General Kits

We have optimized kits for a specific application type (Focused Kit) or for a certain sample state (General Kit).

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These options, outlined below, were created in collaboration with customers, leading scientists and internal experts, including our colleague Derek Guenther. Derek is a Senior Product Scientist whose “What’s Derek Doing” column spotlights inspiring and creative applications made possible with Ocean Optics spectrometers. Here are Derek’s favorite Focused Kits options:


Focused Kits

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Essential. ST-UV (185-650 nm) microspectrometer captures real-time protein concentration measurements using a dip-probe.

Enhanced. SR-2UVV (220-910 nm) broadband spectrometer provides great UV response and allows stable baseline correction.

Superior. When dealing with complex biofluid mixtures, deconvolution requires a high-resolution spectrometer like the HR-2UVV (220-880 nm) to characterize and isolate signals.  

Pro Tip: Is your sample >10mL? Our transmission dip probe is ideal for integration into bioreactor head ports.

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Essential. Use the compact ST-VIS spectrometer (350-810 nm) and integrating sphere to measure reflected color of solid surfaces.

Enhanced. For broader spectral coverage and greater thermal stability during color measurements, the SR-6UVV spectrometer (200-900 nm) anchors this integrating sphere-based system. 

Superior. A high-resolution HR-6VN spectrometer (350-1025 nm) and integrating sphere enable reliable color matching of samples such as LEDs (emissive color) or finished goods (reflective color). 

Pro Tip: It looks more like a box than a sphere, but either way your integrating sphere is the go-to tool for repeatable color measurements. 


Optical Emission Spectroscopy

Essential. With an ST-UV microspectrometer (185-650 nm), this kit enables real-time identification of emission lines in plasmas and other samples.

Enhanced. The extended-range SR4 spectrometer (220-1050 nm) is coupled to a cosine corrector to collect low-power emissions from 180° FOV.

Superior. In this kit, the HR4 (220-1100 nm) helps to deliver the best combination of ultra-wide wavelength range and high resolution.

Pro Tip: Consider adding vacuum feedthroughs and similar accessories for use with plasma chambers. 


General Kits: Choose the Right Kit in Just 3 Questions

  1. What are you measuring? - Solid, Liquid, Plasma
  2. How big is your sample? - Small or Bulk
  3. What are your performance expectations? - Essential, Enhanced, Superior


Solid Sampling


Essential. ST-NIR (645-1085 nm) microspectrometer, covering upper wavelengths critical for characterizing solid samples, where structural indicators or molecular fingerprints may live.

Enhanced. SR-6XR (190-1050 nm) spectrometer offers sensitivity, which is key for many solid samples that may struggle with reflective signal strength.

Superior. HR-6XR (190-1100 nm) spectrometer holds the sensitivity and extended range with the resolution of a large-bench in a small-bench footprint.

Pro Tip: What's Your Sample Size?

Small = Integrating Sphere. 
For samples where you only care to measure an area of 50mm2 or less, the integrating sphere offers high repeatability for reflection. The integrated light source covers most jobs, with an input port to channel in other source energies as well.

Bulk = Reflection Probe.
For samples that may need a larger area scanned, or that just require a traditional probe form factor, the reflection probe gives you the measurements you expect in a layout you’re used to.

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Essential. ST-UV (185-650 nm) microspectrometer allows real-time tracking of end-point and process conditions. Or measure biological samples that fluorescence when exposed to UV excitation light.

Enhanced. SR-4XR (220-1050 nm) spectrometer detects both UV and NIR emissions to confirm low-power or non-visible plasmas, plus low fluorescence intensity.

Superior. HR-4XR (220-1100 nm) high-resolution spectrometer is a combination of ultra-wide wavelength range with sharp and tight resolution. Ideal for identifying emission peaks in plasmas and other samples. 

Absorbance Setup with HDX


Essential. Common liquid analysis of beverages and industrial fluids focuses on the visible range, where color can be quickly correlated to concentration. ST-VIS (350-810 nm)

Enhanced. Bio-fluids almost always have useful UV-range information, and the SR-2XR (220-1050 nm) gives full UV-VIS-NIR data to see as much critical activity as possible.

Superior. See the same important UV trends as with the SR-2XR but with heightened peak resolution to deconvolute the messiest mixes.

Pro Tip: What's Your Sample Size?

Small (1 - 3.5mL) = Cuvette Holder.
Small volumes are best measured in standard cuvettes, giving repeatable characterizations and variable pathlength options.

Bulk = Dip Probe.
For larger vessels and volumes, the dip probe allows you to quickly or continuously measure fluids with variable pathlength options.

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*Purchase a spectroscopy kit containing Ocean ST spectrometer and get a FREE OceanView software

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  • One free laptop per qualifying order.
  • The offer does not apply retroactively.
  • The offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with other offers.
  • This offer DOES NOT qualify for any legacy products, as defined by Ocean Optics.

*Ocean Optics, part of Ocean Insight, reserves the right to change the terms or conditions of any discount or promotion at any time, for any reason, without prior written notice.