About Best Scientific

About Best Scientific

Best Scientific was established in 1993 by Dr Eric Best, MD, in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.

We supply a vast range of products in the fields of microscopy and vision systems, for both life and material science. As an independent supplier we have spent 20+ years establishing business relationships with all of the major manufacturers in the microscopy world.

As we are independent, we can supply and recommend the most suitable products for our customers, based on all of their requirements such as specification, budget, suitability to application, and time frame. We always work to spec and never oversell. We take pride in being able to supply the right product at the right price.

We specialise in the supply and correct application of the following equipment.

  • Microscopes and associated accessories
  • Machine vision systems
  • Illumination
  • Microscope camera couplers for digital imaging
  • Digital cameras and associated image capture software
  • Camera Lenses
  • Cross Hair Generators
  • Stands and ergonomic mounting equipment for associated products
  • All relating optical spare parts and accessories
  • Custom made and specially designed parts

Best Scientific are also vastly experienced in the operation of these products and are able to provide advice to help our customers achieve their goals.

Our company is a total vision system integrator, where ever possible Best will use existing equipment you have to build a suitable system. However we can also supply full vision systems, with illumination, cameras, and optics to get you up to speed.

Best Scientific is a premier distributer for Qioptiq (Formerley Thales) now part of Excelitas. We represent them in the worldwide market for their optical product range of equipment.

We welcome your questions, challenges and problems to solve, and are happy to give impartial advice and welcome all enquiries.

The Best Scientific Team
Dr Eric Best

Founder of Best Scientific in 1993.

Previous experience with:

  • Nikon
  • Tracor Europe
  • Cambridge Instruments - now part of Leica
  • Carl Zeiss


  • Teaching degree from Oxford
  • PhD in psychology from Kingston
  • Micro Analysis and XRF X ray fluorescence & scanning electron microscopy

Responsible for:

  • Tuition
  • Servicing
  • System build and installation
  • Trouble shooting
Eirlys Stone

Founding Partner of Best Scientific 1993

Previous experience in administration and financial services

Responsible for:

  • Accounts
  • Payments
  • Invoices
  • Banking
  • Payroll
Rachel Best

Member of Best Scientific since 2007

Previous experience:

  • BMW
  • Citroen
  • An Entrepreneur – interests in other businesses

Responsible for:

  • Business development
  • The microscope camera coupler product
  • Sales and administration
James Best

Member of Best Scientific since 2012.

Previous experience working in sales, product design and manufacture for various companies .


  • HND design and manufacture
  • City in guilds 3D AUTO CAD
  • Advanced Photography Diploma

Responsible for:

    • Sales, technical Information and quotations
    • Machine vision systems & configuration
    • Microscopy
    • Cameras & imaging
    • Custom product design
    • The specialist coupler products
    • System build, test and instillation
    • All relevant administration
    • Web Presence & Web shop