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My First Lab I-explore Scope

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  • Features 20x magnification
  • Real Glass Optics
  • Cool LED Illumination
  • Battery Operated
  • Interchangeable darkfield and brightfield stage plate
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6 x 11.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015GSGCC
  • Item model number: SMD-04
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 18 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,222 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The I-Explore stereo-microscope, by people at My First Lab™, is arguably the best introductory stereo-microscope on the market today. This stereo microscope is the ideal tool for introducing future scientists to the world of microscopy and is suitable for users of all ages, turning everything around you into a potential specimen.

I-EXPLORE

BINOCULAR STEREO-MICROSCOPE
SMD-04

HGOH QUALITY OPTICS!
SEE LIFE IN 3-D!!!
This stereo-microscope was specifically designed to provide the user with the best viewing experience and help get you on your way to viewing the world through a whole new perspective, down to the most minute details. Everything you would ever need would be right at your fingertips, whether you are in the back yard, the living room, or right into the classroom; the I-Explore offers you the best bang for your buck, without breaking the bank.

Everyday becomes a new adventure!
Science is defined as the search for truth and knowledge, however at times the search can prove to be quite boring. Now as most of you know, the best path to a successful education begins at home and is further enhanced by the presence of tools which turn boring old science into an exciting and memorable adventure. The I explorer will allow your young scientist. Everyday would turn into a new adventure, with this little guy by your side.

Why My First Lab™
The I-Explore features high-quality, real glass optics and will provide you and every user with a fantstic image every singe time. The I-Explore offers a binocular head, with two 10x eyepieces, a 20x objective, as well as a battery powered cool LED illumination system. This scope also features an acrylic, reversible stage plate, which is used based on the specimen viewed and the users preference.

What's In The Box?
1 - Stereo Microscope 2 - 10x Eyepieces 1 - reversible stage-plate

From the Manufacturer

The i-explore Stereo Microscope by My First Lab features an adjustable Binocular head and a substantial working distance for vieving all types of solid objects in 3D! Fantastic for the younger scientists!

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

What a great way to introduce kids to science!
Terry P.
It is not up there with the higher priced microscopes, but I feel that it does a very good job.
Teaching Mom
My whole family loves using it and tries to find new things around the house to look at.
Megan Puglisi

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

164 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Teaching Mom on August 2, 2010
This microscope was a great surprise for me. I am a microbiologist and have worked with very expensive microscopes in the lab. I purchased this for a field microscope for my daughter to take bug hunting on hikes. It is battery operated and small and I was just hoping she would be able to see the objects clearly through it. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it out. Yes, much of the body is plastic, but the optics are very good for such a cheap price. It is not up there with the higher priced microscopes, but I feel that it does a very good job. Our entire family has had a good time using it and it has held up to supervised use by a four and six year old for over a year and a half. (Since we have had ours a while and the picture looks slightly different than ours I am hoping the quality has not gone down.)
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By T. Kanjo on October 22, 2010
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I bought this scope for my 4 year old after buying the dou-scope for my 5 year old. Being a physician, I like love exploring science with my kids. This scope was really surprising. The construction is solid, it is easy to focus, the optics are sound but most importantly, the kids love to use it. Anything can be thrown under the scope and a whole new world is available to them. We have looked at leaves, dead bugs, hair, moss, anything they want. At first I kept it put away for fear they would damage it but it is well enough built, I can leave it out. I often find them looking at all manner of things under it on their own. In fact, the dou scope is not getting used right now since this one is so easy. Highly recommend it, for $65 you cannot go wrong.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tumblemark on November 16, 2010
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This microscope is just the ticket. Either for a young scientist or for anyone who needs a basic, 20X stereo microscope. Coin or stamp collectors, for example.

Most importantly, the glass optics deliver a clear, sharp image. The focusing is smooth and damped. The stage can be flipped to black or white, or left open for taller objects. The illumination is adequate; it's a battery powered white LED, so the microscope is portable. The inter-optical distance is adjustable. The focal distance and field of view are determined by the magnification, so they will be the same for any 20X 'scope.

All the bases are covered -- for a great price. Don't let the "My first" turn you off. This microscope does what it needs to do; it's more than just a toy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 13, 2012
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I was using the device for assembling circuit boards. The optics are quite good, but the scope is very light and fragile. With steel eye pieces and a plastic base, most of the weight is at the top of the scope, making it far too easy to tip over. Mine took a tumble off of a table, instantly becoming a monoscope instead of a stereoscope. If you can, add some weight to the base.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Pilchuckdave on August 30, 2010
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My First Lab dissecting scope is an excellent toy to interest youth in the biodiversity of our planet. In addition, it is a useful tool for the professional entomologist with a cluttered desk, being much smaller than the standard, expensive 'scopes. Although not adequate for mosquito identification, it is a useful tool for identification of larger insects and many plant problems.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 26, 2011
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The optical quality and brightness of the LED light on this microscope are surprisingly good. Given the price I was fuzzy optics and a dim light, but the field is crisp, sharp, and bright. I am going to try and post pictures I took with a digital camera just pointing it down the eyepiece to show what the magnification looks like. I was looking at chocolate milk powder last night and you could see all of the components from sugar crystals, cocoa, and the perfect little white spheres of the dried milk substance. Very cool. The scope is smaller than the fixed lab kind, but I would not say it is a mini or even really a toy. This is a small lightweight battery operated microscope. I bought it for my four year old's birthday and have not given it to him yet, but I had to try it out and am very impressed. I will supervise his use of it as I do not think it should be thrown around or handled roughly, but it does not feel flimsy or particularly fragile. 20X magnification makes the tip of a plastic eye dropper fill the entire field of view, and the ripped edge of a piece of paper shows a weave of glossy fibers.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Redwood2Bay on July 5, 2011
I have to agree with the other reviewers-- this is a great beginning microscope for small children. Unlike a regular microscope, a dissecting microscope has lower magnification but allows you to reflect light off of the subject. This means that your samples don't have to be razor thin, the way they do for a regular microscope. The I explore microscope is great for examining bugs, feathers, rocks, coins-- you can even look at your own finger if you can hold still long enough. My 7 and 5 year old kids are able to focus the scope themselves and love this scope-- it has not had a day without use since we received it a week ago. The focus is a simple knob that raises or lowers the lens. The eyepieces move separately, so you can change the width to accommodate different sized faces. There is a small button that turns on the light which illuminates the specimen. At first I wasn't crazy about this scope being battery powered (two AA batteries), but now I think this is even better because there's no cord for the kids to trip over or pull. I considered a lot of microscopes before purchasing this one (almost all the others more expensive), and I think this one is a great place to start. In a few years, we'll probably purchase a regular microscope but for now this one suits our needs admirably. Highly recommended.
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