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can't beat it for the money,
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This review is from: Celestron 44102 400x Power Laboratory Biological Microscope (Electronics)
I took something of a risk buying these for my science department with my little budget. As inexpensive as these are I was really afraid they wouldn't work and I'd be blowing money I could have spent on fewer more expensive ones that would have certainly worked. Big sigh of relief here now. When they came in they were easy to assemble, and then I put that first slide on there for the moment of truth. After some messing around with the mirror and focus knob, bam! Clear picture of that onion cell! There is no powered light source, just a mirror, and that was a worry until I made it work just fine. Only a single focus knob instead of the fine and coarse focus like you might be used to, but that single knob does the trick. Very solid metal construction and very substantial feel. You know you aren't dealing with a toy. Comes with a very thick dust cover too. It's the real deal. If you are a department head looking for microscopes, buy some of these and save the rest of your budget for other stuff. It's got everything you could want (almost). This thing is an incredible value. When I get a little more budget money next year I'm buying more of these.
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Initial post: Feb 2, 2013 7:32:51 AM PST
I have a budding scientist on my hands who is saving up for a microscope. We want something that he will use into the future, what is the next step up in terms of quality microscopes? ie. what scopes would you have bought that were more expensive, for your department? One with digital photography accessories would be awesome!
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