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Good, but not amazing
on September 10, 2012
The microscope itself is pretty solid. The included 25x eyepiece, which is needed to reach 1000x, doesn't fit the scope securely as far as I can tell. There may be some way to do it, but the instructions won't help you there. If you're like me and try to do it anyway, be prepared to grab a magnet to fish up the tiny (TINY) screw that holds the 10x eyepiece in place. For the 4x and 10x objective lenses, you can use cheapo slides, stacked 2 high. This is good enough to check out plasma cells flying around, hair structure, fly wings and other commonly available things that strike your nerdy fancy. As a casual hobby microscope, this thing is totally worth it.
HOWEVER: The 40x objective can't focus that high above the stage. You'll need thin (.8mm or less) or depression slides, which are slightly more expensive, and slips in order to really get in tight for microbes, amoebae, and carbon fiber robot building (you should probably have a pro 'scope for that, anyway). It shouldn't deter you from buying, but be sure to add the right slides/supplies to your order.
Also, if the portability is a seller for you, I'll add that there is clearly a battery compartment in this model. However, and I'll concede that I may just be stupid, I can't figure out how to get that bad boy open.
EDIT: 6 months later, I found myself in a situation that required the use of the battery, and I decided to go for broke. Pliers remove the cap easily, and the fastener beneath the cap is sturdy enough that it won't cause damage. Disregard my portability complaint.