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AMSCOPE-KIDS M30-ABS-KT1 Beginner Microscope Kit, LED and Mirror Illumination, 120x - 1200x Six Magnifications, Metal Frame and Base, Includes 48-Piece Accessory Set and Case
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- Beginner compound microscope provides high magnification for educational applications
- Monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination and built-in color filter wheel
- Forward-facing rotating turret provides 120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x, and 1200x magnifications
- Coaxial coarse focus has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism on a durable and stain-resistant black metal frame
- Comes with 48-piece accessory kit and hard-sided plastic carrying case
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The AmScope M30-ABS-KT1 beginner compound microscope has a monocular viewing head with LED and mirror illumination, a built-in color-filter wheel, a forward-facing rotating turret with 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification, and a black metal frame. The monocular viewing head has LED and mirror illumination and a built-in color-filter wheel for viewing a variety of specimen types. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young users and has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism for precise focusing. The plain stage has stage clips that secure the slide or specimen in place during viewing. The black metal frame is durable and stain-resistant. The microscope comes with a 48-piece accessory kit and a hard-sided plastic carrying case. The LED light is powered by two AA batteries (included).
|Magnification||300x, 600x, 1200x|
|Light source||LED and Incidental|
|Power||AA batteries (2)|
Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.
United Scope manufactures microscopy equipment and accessories under the brand name AmScope. The company, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Irvine, CA.
What's in the Box?
- AmScope M30 microscope
- Specimen slicer
- Petri dish
- Plastic tweezers
- Plastic scalpel
- Plastic spatula
- Plastic stirring rod
- (5) Prepared slides
- (7) Blank slides
- (16) Slide covers
- (8) Slide labels
- (3) Collecting vials
- (2) AA batteries
- Spare LED bulb
- Plastic carrying case
Seller Warranty Description5 years warranty for parts and labor. Buyer covers round way shipping cost.
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Tips for Users (please read all the tips before attempting a view):
1) In order to see the prepared slides, you must begin on the *lowest* magnification, find the sample, focus the view, and then graduate to the next highest setting, repeating the find/focus process (but do not attempt this until you've read all the "tips"). You will not be able to find most samples if you start on a higher setting.
2) Do not press on, hold, or touch the viewing column (the neck of the microscope that you peer into) while focusing or viewing a slide. If you do, it will bump the lens away from what you are trying to see and you won't be able to maintain focus. The only part of the microscope you should touch is the actual focus knob. This may be tough for kids, but it's a good skill to learn.
3) If you see part of the slide, but want a fuller view, move the slide in the **opposite** direction than what it looks like you should (that is, if it looks like the slide needs to go down, move it up; same for Left vs. Right). The instruction manual doesn't mention this, but it's a very important, elementary fact that will drive you batty if you don't know it.
4) You are going to see, what appears to be, light grey, transparent dots and circles when you peer into the lens, and when you view the slides. That is OK. All microscopes have these blemishes to some extent. You will not get rid of them. However, this ***should NOT impair your ability to view and focus on each slide*** so that you see their cells, bright colors, and sharp detail. When the microscope is properly focused, these grey blotches do not block or inhibit an excellent view of the specimen (when properly focused, you don't really even notice them). But, if you are not able to focus, almost all you will see is these grey blotches.
You **can** clean the lenses with alcohol to remove some external dust or grime, but no matter what there will **always** be some debris (it's a microscope: it blows everything up, including dust and water marks). So, before assuming it's a problem with the lens, make sure you get a good focus (following the steps below) and see if your view is actually blocked. It shouldn't be. My husband works with industrial grade microscopes and he says all of them have this effect, to some extent.
5) My Corn root slide is hopeless. With a lot of work, my husband was able to get a view of it, but it was barely visible even then; so, don't try that one first (you'll assume the microscope doesn't work). Try the darkest specimen and then once you have the knack of it, move to the more transparent ones. They are all BEAUTIFUL once you can get a good focus (except the corn root).
Tips for AmScope:
1) Ditch the corn root sample and replace it with something larger. It is almost impossible to see.
2) Improve your instruction manual to include directions about how to focus, beginning from the lowest setting, and informing folks not to touch the viewing column.
3) Include three images in your instruction manual of what they should see with no specimen (including the grey blotches), what an unfocused specimen could look like, and what a sharp, focused image should look like. These can be grey scale, and would provide some guidance.
(PS: I'm a technical writer, so let me know if you need someone to improve your instruction manuals).
So, here are my version of written instructions for viewing a sample slide:
1. Place your slide under the viewer.
2. Do not touch any part of the microscope other than the focus knob while viewing your specimen.
3. Begin on the lowest magnification (300x). Adjust the slide until you see at least a shadow of the specimen in the viewer, and then slowly turn the focus knob until you can clearly see the specimen (you should be able to see some definition between cells).
4. If you see the specimen in part of your viewing circle, but want to see more, move the slide in the *opposite* direction than it appears that you should (eg: if it looks like you should move it down, move it up).
5. Once you have a clear view, you can increase your magnification to 600X.
6. Note: when you turn the lens to the next setting, your view of the specimen will change (as the lens will be lined up slightly differently). You can shift the slide again, or you can gain focus, and then move the slide. Remember not to bump or lean on the viewing column, as it will cause you to loose focus.
Hope this helps.
Honestly, I am not overly pleased with this purchase (and I am not hard to please). The microscope is a little flimsy and a lot of the supplies seem a little on the cheap side. However, the product was made for a child and I think it would be a nice beginning set. I would not recommend this for anyone over the age of 11. The case is a nice touch. I would imagine for a kid, the case would make them feel much more of an "official" scientist. The kit includes everything a young scientist would need to have a little fun. I had one just like this when I was younger and it absolutely amazed me.
The microscope itself is pretty easy to use once you figure out how to adjust the knobs. There is definitely a learning curve to this scope, but give yourself some time and you will figure it out. The zoom is perfect for what it was purchased for (looking at leaves, insects, etc)
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