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Poor microscope, awful camera
on June 6, 2014
If you want a good microscope, do not get this one, or any other with integrated camera. While the camera is UVC-compatible, it seems to use super-resolution methods to artificially boost the apparent resolution of its photos.
It's mostly metal and feels solid. All in all, the mechanical side worked pretty well. However, the lenses are just awful. I can see more detail at 40x on my second-hand name-brand scope than I could on this scope at 100x. It actually goes up to 2000x (10x eyepiece, 200x objective lens) there is absolutely no point. With these optics, even 400x (10x40) is almost pointless. I stopped even bothering to go beyond that magnification after a while. Then, when I finally had enough, I returned it and bought an older used name brand scope for only $300, with significantly better optics, although no camera, cheap or otherwise. An eyepiece camera adapter only cost me about $100, however, and produced much better photos.
I cannot recommend this microscope to anyone, since you can get similar scopes for your kids at a much lower price point.