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Celestron 44121 Microscope Kit
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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2012
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I received this Celestron Microscope kit much earlier than I expected. I am very happy with how quickly it arrived. The microscope itself is fine for my purposes. I intend to use it as a hobby, thus far, it has worked well. The optics are of great quality, the prepared slides are quite fascinating, and everything in the package is intact. Setup of the microscope was very easy and fast. Learning to use it, even if you have never laid eyes on a microscope in your life, is very simple. For such a great price, you can't go wrong with this microscope. If I have any complains at all, the plastic tweezers that are contained in the package don't work very well. Also, the frame is plastic, which does not trouble me but it may trouble some people. I wouldn't recommend this microscope for young children. It is durable, provided that you aren't careless. The package includes pretty much all of the things that you need to get started with basic microscopy. I like this microscope, it is great for my needs and satisfies my curiosity about the tiny world that we cannot see with the naked eye. For amateur science/biology, you likely won't find a microscope this good for such a price.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
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SUPER FAST DELIVERY!
Celestron is better know for their telescopes, and indeed their top of the line scopes are pretty good. Their low end telescopes suffer from shaky mountings and cheap eyepieces.

Now, about this microscope: Decent optics for the price, and a serviceable small "starter kit" suitable for the curious with a tight budget. Keep in mind that with "toy" microscopes, the higher powers are about useless. Keep the magnification under 150x, and you will do okay.

Pros:
1. Price is good, under $30.
2. Fair to good optics.
3. 2 very adequate light sources.
4. Seems fairly durable. (Note! There are 4 little rubber feet that will need to be properly glued on with superglue. Don't lose them!)

Cons:
1. Internal reflections: As a telescope maker, Celestron should know better. All internal surfaces of an optical instrument should be flat black, with no internal reflections. (I may take this apart someday and try to fix it.)
2. Nothing is parafocal. When you zoom the eyepiece or rotate the turret to change power, it has to be re-focused. Not critical for a "toy" but compounded by "con #3" below, it's a little annoying.
3. Rotating the turret to change power also results in a slight misalignment - what was centered before is now off center. taken together with "#2 con" it becomes difficult to change magnification.
4. Although a minor complaint, there are no cover glasses provided for the 2 blank slides, and the well slide is plastic.

Given that this is intended to be a toy and it has a great price, I give this scope 4/5 stars based on the value for your dollar. Well recommended for a curious child. However, if intended for an adult or if you can spend 2x as much, go for the "My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope" My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope for about $55.

(Don't forget 2-aaa and 2-aa batteries for the light sources.)
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
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Just received this instrument today. My son needed a microscope for schoolwork; he is in a virtual charter school. Although it may look "cheap" because of the polymer body, it was easy to set up and worked from the get go. The dual built-in illumination system expedited the completion of his assignment. Despite a robust feel and build, the new, all metal bodied microscope sent to my son from school had a loose spring and detent ball upon unpacking and had an understage mirror for light. Brand unknown, we could not get it to focus nor even get an image from a prepared slide. In contrast, the Celestron was easy to set up and easy to use for a 12 yr old. For the money and its intended usage (occasional to light use), it was money well spent.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
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Not a fantastic scope but a great buy for the money and excellent starter scope for my grand kid. The included accessories were useless and the prepared slides nice but not enough. I purchased several prepared slides from other sources to allow grandson a chance to see the microscopic world around us. Instructions are vague at best and suggest purchasing other publications on the care and feeding of microscopes to make the experience worthwhile.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2013
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This product is excellent from an childhood educational perspective. Great, inexpensive way to learn how a standard compound microscope works. The product advertises magnification to 600x, and while technically true, nothing will be visible at such magnifications, the optical quality is just too poor. Human blood cells will be visible, but will be too blurry to discriminate their type or true color. For looking at small insects and small objects found in nature, this will be a great entry level tool for a child. However, if you desire to see any kind of detail at the cellular level, you're going to need to spend significantly more.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
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This product is great! It really works and my daughter had so much fun learning with it!!!! It bring a few examples to use and you are going to need some batteries for the light, besides that you or your kids are going to have a great time. I'll recommend this product to anyone starting at this world or for kiddos who are interesting in science... It really work awesome!!!! The seller and time to get home was great!!! Well packed too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
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I bought this as a family fun item. We have all enjoyed viewing things from insects to tiny salt cubes. It works well for our purposes. We did have an issue with the pen light only working for a short time, but after one quick email to VMInnovations, they sent a replacement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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Good quality optics, lighting and function for the price paid. Stage could use a fine adjustment knob to allow easier focus at the higher magnifications. My 11 yr old can easily identify insect parts, blood cells and plant cells from prepared slides.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2013
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Packaging, etc. was fine. Took a while to get the pen light to work. It's a little moody. A better set of instructions as to the lighting would be helpful. Unfortunately, by the time you get the lighting system to work properly, the little person that you bought it for has moved on to some other activity. Once it works, it's just fine. The scope is more or less what you would expect for a $29 microscope. You definitely should purchase the prepared microscope slides to go along with this.

Know that it requires 2 AA batteries and 2 AAA batteries. This is not made explicit by the product description.

Finally, it would be smart to set this up before gifting. Saves time and gets immediate intrigue instead of having a child waiting around. Since this isn't a video game or an iPad that will entrance a kid, you've got to make it as easy as possible to get interested (sadly).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2014
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I've seen a lot of mixed reviews but figured how horrible could this be? It's $30 (which says something in itself) plus I was buying for my 9 year old daughter. We were both incredibly disappointed when we turned it on and not only could we not see through two of the lenses, but the third had permanent markings that were visible at all times. Quickly boxed up and returned. Now looking for something slightly higher-end that won't discourage a budding scientist. Don't waste your time with this microscope.
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