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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 Description

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.



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!

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6 x 11.5 inches ; 4.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0015GSGCC
  • Item model number: SMD-04
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 18 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,299 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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190 of 192 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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84 of 85 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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44 of 45 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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dale D. Hancock on December 10, 2013
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I've used a couple of these scopes in summer programs for kids over the past 3 or 4 years. It isn't a college level stereoscope but the optics are clear and it provides a 20x 3d stereo image with reasonable depth. In our summer programs we have used it to look at critters that live in river and pond water and in soil. A stereoscope is not what you need for looking at Paramecium and other critters much less than 0.5 mm. You need a compound scope for that. A stereoscope is great for arthropod larvae and other critters > 1mm. Even for large bugs it allows one to see amazing detail that most kids find fascinating.

Some of the negative reviews suggest an ignorance of what a stereoscope is. It is not like a compound microscope with which one can view tiny things like protozoa and bacteria. A compound scope is fiddly, though, with essentially no depth of field and very little width. If you are going to watch paramecium and rotifers swimming around with a compound scope (a marvelous sight) you've got to know how to make slides that will allow it. If you want to see bacteria you need even more fiddly knowledge, You can buy prepared slides for a compound scope but you might as well just look up photomicrographs on the internet.

The whole reason to give a kid a microscope is to let them explore. If you know how to use a compound scope then a parent-child interaction is a good way to set them exploring. In contrast a stereoscope is easy to use by anyone over about 6 years old (or smart 4 year olds). Some of the reviews suggested that their kid got bored because there wasn't much to look at. This just about broke my heart. Kids (and some adults, it seems) often need curiosity stimulation to get them going. "Wonder what a pillbug looks like at 20x?.
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33 of 34 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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