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Excellent microscope, but possibly dangerous?,
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This review is from: Celestron 44104 500x Power Advanced Biological Microscope (Electronics)
Just got this microscope yesterday. It's amazing. Originally I had planned to spend more money on a scope with 1000x magnification power, but when I learned that this one could be upgraded, I decided to save some money and avoid the difficulty of dealing with oil immersion. I am very impressed with what you can see at 400x and 500x, and with such clarity. Also, the mechanical stage is great. I didn't think of the mechanical stage is a deciding factor when choosing a scope, but now that I've used it I can't imagine not having it.
I want to give this product 5 stars, except that, as others have said, this seems like it could be a fire hazard. I actually feel very fortunate that I had read the other reviews that mentioned this danger, because otherwise I probably would not have taken any precautionary steps. Because I read those reviews, I chose to put my microscope on top of a cork coaster when using the lamp. Sure enough, when I moved the microscope aside, you could see that the coaster had started to become discolored under the lamp! That could have been my table.
Other than that, the only other complaints I have is that this does not come with any blank slides, and the lamp does not have a switch, but these are small issues that do not affect my rating. As long as you're careful not to leave the microscope unattended when the lamp is on, you won't be disappointed.
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Initial post: Dec 14, 2012 4:03:56 AM PST
Big Mike says:
Odd that a LED bulb would generate such heat. Maybe a "heat shield" could be fabricated using tin foil.
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