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Carson 60X-100X MicroMax LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-200)

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  • Portable LED lighted Pocket Microscope
  • Runs on 3 SG3 Button Cell Batteries (Included)
  • Power and zoom controls (60-100x magnification) for bright, clear images
  • So lightweight you can bring it anywhere
  • Measures 1.25 x 3.25 x 0.75 inches (W x H x D)
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Carson MM-200 MicroMax Owner's Manual
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Product Description

Lightweight and portable, the Carson MM-200 MicroMax pocket microscope is ideal for on-the-go science. The MicroMax offers a powerful 60 to 100x magnification range, making it easy to examine blood samples, bugs, and anything else that's worthy of a closer look. The microscope also includes a built-in LED light that provides a bright, clear image, along with a rubberized eyepiece for comfortable viewing. Best of all, the MicroMax fits conveniently in a jacket pocket, so you can bring it along wherever you go--whether it's a school field trip or a visit to a friend's house.

Please note that users must hold this LED pocket microscope flat against the surface in order for the image to come in clear and in focus. It will be difficult to view objects with the microscope tilted at an angle due to the very high magnifications. CAUTION: If a user is viewing a shiny surface, sometimes the bright LED light will cause a glare which causes the image to become over exposed and unclear.

Specifications

  • Magnification: 60 to 100x
  • Batteries: 3 SG3 button cell (included)
  • Dimensions: 1.25 by 3.25 by 0.75 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 1.1 ounces

Warranty

At Carson, we strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with the quality of our products. We are so confident in our products that we back them with a Lifetime Limited Warranty! Carson will repair or replace your product if it is found to have manufacturing defects in materials or workmanship. Please contact Carson for additional warranty details and trouble-shooting steps at 1-800-9-OPTICS or 631-963-5000.

Product Details

USER MANUAL [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 0.8 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000P8AUMU
  • Item model number: MM-200
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (679 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 24, 2007

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very narrow field of view makes it difficult to find the object you are viewing.
Emily Brooks
The zoom and focus knobs are very stiff and make it difficult to keep the scope still while adjusting them.
M. Harris
This thing gives a crystal clear picture of anything you want to look at up close.
Jeremiah A. Hughes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

549 of 554 people found the following review helpful By Glenn R. Kangiser on August 9, 2009
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I use this for checking gold ore samples in the field as well as general looking at the microscopic world.

The LED light is great but I did have one problem. I left it on and the next time I tried to use it the light would not work.... dead batteries. Unfortunately the batteries cost near $5 each times 3= $15.

All is not lost however. The Rite Aid (Pharmacy) had hearing aid batteries that, while not the same type as the listed required batteries, were the same physical size but were 1.4 volts instead of 1.5. I did not feel that this would be an issue and decided to try it. They worked just fine and were $16 for 24 of them, so about $.67 each. Much better and I now have 8 changes in case I forget to turn it off again.

The replacement type I found was Size 312, hearing aid batteries.
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185 of 185 people found the following review helpful By jessie on March 20, 2011
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i actually bought this so i can inspect plant resin on my flowers to see when they are ready to harvest. but i find it's so easy to get carried away with it. wall's, carpet, leaves, pet fur, sugar on the table, bugs, dirt, lol if it was in my house i inspected it. it's lots of fun. i only wish i could see the air on a microscopic level. but we cant have everything. all in all its a great buy.
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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Dietz on August 29, 2009
The Carson MM-200 is a fantastic bit of equipment. The size is just slightly larger than what the photo shows on the product page. It is TINY!! The product quality, however, is excellent. It has a great LED lamp, and I haven't had it long enough to comment on the battery life. It is WAY better than the previous ones I have owned with regular little bulbs which gives everything an orange hue, or the LED ones which are flimsy as heck.

I use it for various things: from checking out small bug-things on plants to fine details on stamps or even just my arm (for a laugh!). It really is quite versatile and has great magnification!

Now for the bad. It is TINY!!! The knobs are a bit fiddly specially when you're using one hand and need to adjust the focus. The other pocket scopes I have tried usually have a larger gripping area and larger dials. Hopefully it will loosen up with some use.

Other than its size (which I do very much like for convenience, but is a bit fiddly), it is a great scope.

A good alternative, for those with waning coordination, might be a pocket USB microscope, or even one of the larger varieties from Carson!
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Andy S on October 9, 2011
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As others have noted, this appears to be a nice product until you actually get your hands on it.
It has a miniscule lens diameter which makes it extremely frustrating to use: 1) it's almost impossible to find anything; (2) it's a strain on the eye. I strongly advise not buying this unless you really know what you are getting (Amazon charged me 1/3 the price to return it).

If you don't truely need the 100x (which doesn't work anyway), here are some lighted Jeweler's Loupe alternatives on Amazon to consider:

- 30x22mm plus 60x12mm combo (11.99 with free shipping): The 22m lens diameter on the 30x makes it easy to scan an area and inspect it. Then, you can use the 60x12mm lens to look at it really closely. The 60x12mm lens diameter is small but still much bigger than on the Carson. And, it's location adjacent to the 30x22mm makes it relatively easy to switch between the two magnifications.[...]

- 40x 25mm, ($7.99 with free shipping). This has a very nice 40x with an awesome 25mm lens diameter that enables you to scan areas using the eye's peripheral vision. It is shipped directly from China so it took almost two weeks to arrive, but when it did it quickly became my favorite. [...]
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Terra Fumo on April 29, 2011
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Great product, monitoring flower development has never been easier. The optics are plastic so the clarity isn't exactly perfect, but is much better than I was expecting. Zoom/focus nobs are rubberized and are nice and tight and smooth operating, far from "fiddly". The led puts out plenty of light, although it gives a very slight blue caste to the specimen, doesn't distort the color of the image too much. Ambers can be easily differentiated. For the price I'm more than pleased, especially since other identical products sell for twice as much -- just wish it came with a case!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah A. Hughes on January 22, 2010
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At this price I wasn't really expecting to get a really high quality tool but I was pleasantly surprised. This thing gives a crystal clear picture of anything you want to look at up close. I used it to clearly read the microprint on a $20 bill and my driver license and discovered that the RGB subpixels on my Samsung LCD TV have an interesting zigzag pattern on them, among other things. I think the LED must have some ultraviolet output as everything seems to have bright white fluorescing specks on it.

I also like the size of it; it's smaller than I expected. It really is a pocket microscope. One drawback to the small size is that it doesn't use AAA batteries, like the description mistakenly claims. It uses the less common and more expensive small button-type batteries. The box claims it uses SG3 (#392) batteries but the instruction sheet says SG7 (#392) whereas the included batteries have SR41 printed on them... so there seems to be a lot of confusion about the battery type. I haven't used it very much yet so I can't comment on battery life but the LED seems very bright so I wouldn't be surprised if it drains the little things pretty quickly.

The zoom and focus knobs are nice and tight to prevent unintentional slippage but not so tight that they're difficult to turn. Overall, I'm very pleased with this item and would definitely recommend it.
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