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1.0 out of 5 stars The most worthless item I've ever bought on Amazon, May 20, 2011
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This review is from: Vivitar Microscope Kit - Black (VIV-MIC-1) (Electronics)
No where on this item does it list itself as a toy for children, and yet even as a toy for a child this item manages to fail spectacularly. First off right on the box it describes itself as a metal microscope. The *only* part of this device that is metal is the U shaped base, and the metal does not even extend up to the mounting bracket of the device. As a matter of fact everything on this microscope is made of cheap plastic. Most likely the lens too (although I cannot confirm this). The "tools" are all plastic, painted metal colors to look impressive I guess. Can you guess how worthless a plastic "metal" scapel is? Or how about plastic "glass" slides? The entire kit is a worthless excuse to impress a very young child.

The microscope itself is functional. It took me 30 minutes to find my sample through the amazingly tiny eye piece. But it was there. There is no fine focus only a coarse adjustment. Furthermore touching any part of the "microscope" while viewing will change the viewing angle and position on the sample. The 900x is a joke. The "lens" extending so far into the tray that you only have half a coarse adjustment to focus. An if you so much as cough your view area will change because every part of this microscope bends or moves with the slightest encouragement. As a emphasis of just how poorly designed and thought out this product is; the plastic "glass" slides come with a roughly .5 x .5 indent for a specimen/sample. Its a square indent. The instructions themselves recommend using a slide cover to protect the "optics". The slide covers are round. ROUND. Which means short of super glue they won't sit inside the indent or flush with the specimen/sample defeating the very purpose of existing in the first place!

Seriously even if they did market this as a childs toy, what child is going to sit still long enough to use such a disfunctional product; when an adult can barely make it work properly! I'd give this item 0 or less if I was able. Buyer beware! Read the reviews! I wish I had done more research prior to my purchase. Luckily amazon is always great on returns. I get to eat the cost of shipping, but consider it an idiot tax.
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