Based on recently developed electron channelling pattern techniques, a method is presented for determining directly the incident‐beam energy in scanning electron microscopy. A ``standard'' crystal is oriented to give a high‐resolution pair of electron channelling lines (hkl
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from a known set of Bragg planes, and from the width of the pair, the Bragg angle is determined using a simple conversion procedure. The De Broglie wavelength of the incident electrons, and hence their energy, can then be calculated. The method is demonstrated experimentally and shown to be accurate to about ±1.5%. This accuracy is possible provided a goniometer tilt stage is available with a tilt accuracy of about ±1% (for example, ±0.02° in 2° tilts), and the effect of scan distortions on the final image is negligible. It is pointed out that the accuracy of lattice parameter measurements using the electron channelling pattern technique could be limited by the accuracy of the incident wavelength. An appendix is given discussing the curvature of channelling lines and the effect of curvature on pair‐width measurements.