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- Pocket Microscope with a Powerful 60x-120x Magnification Range
- Precision Molded Aspheric Lenses Provide Superior Optics
- Designed to be Compact, Lightweight and Portable.Remove the battery before storing the microscope for an extended period
- Bright LED Light is Powered by 1 AA Battery (not included)
- Product Dimensions (LxWxH): 1.2 inch x 2.25 inch x 3.5 inch | Backed by Carson's Limited Lifetime Warranty
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Why Choose an Aspherical Lens System?
When using an 'aspheric lens', the light rays converge at a single focal point resulting in a more sharp, clear and distortion-free image.
For Best Results:
- Place the base of the microscope flush against a flat viewing surface
- Ensure the LED lighting is switched on
- Start focusing on the lowest magnification setting (60x)
- Once you have a clear view of your subject, increase the magnification to your desired level (you may need to slightly adjust the focus again slightly)
A note on using the MicroBrite Plus in the field: Due to high magnification, the focal distance of the MicroBrite Plus is very short (maximum of 2mm past the acrylic base). It is not possible to focus on subjects beyond this focal distance. Looking at larger, three dimensional objects or objects that are not on a flat surface takes practice and a steady hand, especially since small movements are exaggerated with higher magnification. This is why we recommend viewing flatter objects on a flat surface, especially when first using this microscope.
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|Magnification Range||60x - 120x||20x - 60x||60x - 75x||100x - 250x||20x|
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|Dimensions||2.3" x 1.2" x 3.7"||1.1" x 1.9" x 3.9"||1.3" x 0.8" x 3.5"||2.4" x 1.25" x 4.25"||1.5'' x 0.9'' x 1.7''|
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The MicroBrite MM-300 is just the ticket for gardening and exploring. It's lightweight but substantial and has a nice, solid feel.
Like all of the more powerful small scopes, you need to tinker with it a bit to get the best magnification, and at the highest magnification you will also benefit by being still. I've used more expensive scopes and several natural light scopes over the years, and this LED light scope puts them to shame. The results are excellent from full sunlight to dark.
The grip is quite ergonomic for such a small device. You can use the focusing ring with the same hand you're holding it with, and you'll need to use your non-dominant hand to adjust the zooming dial when needed. The LED switch is perfectly located for a quick press of the thumb.
This handheld is also perfect for those of us who choose to avoid button batteries. I wanted an AA battery device because our local stores are often out of the button battery I need. The battery compartment opens easily and the single battery can be accessed in a snap. (AA battery not included).
There is an indent on the top to weave in a lanyard thread.
It's portable but not really pocket-sized unless you stow it in a cargo-type pocket. It's about the size of a deck of cards and twice as thick. I keep it in my gardening apron pocket, in my birding vest pocket, or around my neck with a lanyard. When it's on the lanyard I use it more often just because it's there. It's useful and fun.
Whether you're looking at a praying mantis casing, diagnosing spider mites, checking herb for readiness, or exploring the micro world with kids, this is an excellent portable microscope for the money.
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I bought this based on the positive reviews, but I don't know what the other reviewers received. What I got was a basically useless handheld microscope. The problem is that you have to place it directly on top of the thing you want to look at. I bought it for inspecting insects, and there's no way that's doing it. Purchase with caution.
In addition, the built in light is amazingly useful and the fact that it uses a single AA battery is icing on the cake.
1) the magnification is more than adequate for my purpose, and the resolution is excellent -- I can see the hairs on the legs of ants, clearly and in sharp focus. Optics are good enough.
2) it takes a standard AA battery, instead of the tiny/costly watch batteries most other scopes require,
3) it has a firm grip, so you can hold it very steady with one hand while focusing with the other, and
4) it has a very user-friendly and fast coarse-focus lever, plus a separate fine-focus knob.
5) the LED light is offset, so the beam hits the specimen at a 40 degree angle. This is important because it eliminates reflective glare that can obscure the image.
6) optics -- good enough
Somebody really thought this one through. The only downsides are that 1) compared to many cheaper ones, the Carson is rather bulky. You can still slip it into a pocket, but it's about the size of a cigarette package (in the field I drop a tiny $4.00 60x scope/loupe in my belt pack). 2) there's so easy way to take a picture. For that, I use the little $10 60x scope/loupe that clips onto my smartphone; the high resolution (10mp) on the phone camera allows zooming in for detail. 3) the light is not dimmable, and sometimes too bright.
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Die optische Abbildung ist sehr gut bis in den Randbereich und es hat den großen Vorteil, dass man es frei auf jeder halbwegs ebenen Oberfläche platzieren kann und gleichzeitig die Vergrößerungsleistung diejenige einer Uhrmacherlupe um ein vielfaches übersteigt. Man kann mit etwas Geschick sogar sehr brauchbare Aufnahmen mit der Smartphone-Kamera machen. Als Beispiel habe ich zwei Aufnahmen einer Schneide nach dem groben Vorschliff und nach dem Feinschliff angefügt.
Wir haben mehrere Geräte durchprobiert - von "angeblich günstigen" EUR 80,- Geräten bis zum EUR 200,- Gerät - alle für unsere Anwendungen unbrauchbar. (Untersuchung von elektronischen Platinen auf Kurzschlüsse, Kindliches "wie sieht denn das oder das oder das aus?)
Der Kapitalfehler de facto aller Geräte war, dass sie auf hoch Professionell mit Durchlicht-Einheit machen - und das klappt !NUR! wenn die Probe hauchdünn und durchsichtig ist!
Es ist ein wenig Übung und eine ruhige Hand notwendig, wenn man dieses Mini-Mikroskop freihändig führen muss, aber es geht. Alternativ: In einen kleinen Stativhalter einspannen, und zu untersuchendes Teil darunter am Tisch durchziehen - so bleibt die Fokussierung wo sie sein soll.
Ich fürchte, ich muss mir demnächst ein zweites holen - meine Tochter will es nicht mehr hergeben :-)
The depth of focus, like any microscope is a limiting factor, but this was easily adjustable to look over the depth of things.
One negative point to consider is the stated zoom of 60-120x. I'm not sure what the actual zoom is, but there is no zoom. Rotating the zoom ring simply makes the field of view bigger or smaller but you are still looking at the same area.
Even still, for this price, my family are really enjoying this. A great one for the kids to play with without committing to real scientific kit. My 6 and 8 year olds love it, and anything to encourage science and STEM is a wonderful thing!
Not a great photo attached but this is of a 1p piece. It’s the E of Elizabeth round the edge.
It certainly zooms in close, but overall it is very poorly made.
What I don't like:
Image quality is not great at all. You can definitely see stuff, but there is strong chromatic aberration and other weird distortions. I know it's a cheap microscope, but the image looks worse than my x40 pocket microscope which cost me £5. To be fair, this is a lot closer than that.
I can see my eyelashes over half the image. Strange effect.
The lens and focusing mechanism is super shaky and loose. It's a pain to focus, the image jumps around in all directions and so does the focus (it literally jumps in one direction of the focus because the lens is loose). (even when held on a solid surface)
LED light is just about good enough, but not bright and it's only a single point of light so you get very bright sports in the image.
Horrible to use without an eyecup. They could have easily included one, but they didn't.
What I like:
Zooms in pretty close, but with the poor image quality, I'm not actually sure if I'm seeing much more detail than my x40 pocket microscope.
Uses a single AA battery so I can use my rechargeable AAs and it lasts for ages. My other similar one uses button batteries which are a pain.
Easier to position my eye over the eyepiece compared to my other small microscope, but only after I added a rubber eyecup that I took off something else.
Das LED-Licht (braucht eine AA Batterie, die kam nicht mit) funktioniert super und ist stark genug.
Das Mikroskop kann stufenlos angeblich 60x-120, in der Tat etwa 12x-25x.
Damit kann man die Mikro-Welt entdecken: Salz- oder Pfefferkörne, Papier, Metall, kleine Blätter, die eigene Hand, und viel andere Gegenstände verraten ihre Geheimnisse.
Jetzt die Nachteile: Die Augenlinse ist klein, etwa 1 cm in Durchmesser. Man kann also nur ein sehr kleine Region jedes Mal beobachten. Außerdem, muss man die Auge super nah der Augenlinse, fast in Kontakt, halten. Wenn ich blinzle, fasst meine Wimpel die Augenlinse. Und noch was: Man sieht alles umgekehrt. Das ist aber nicht so schlecht. Ich brauchte nur einen Tag um daran mich zu gewonnen.
Insgesamt, halte ich die Nachteile für nicht so wichtig. Ich bin vom Mikroskop begeistert und empfehle ich das sehr gerne.
Der Preis ist okay für die Leistung und sieht so aus, dass ich mit meinem neuen Spielzeug für sehr lange Zeit spielen kann. :)
Il microscopio è costruito con plastiche eccezionalmente resistenti, è assemblato in maniera impeccabile, è piccolo e tascabile, il sistema ottico buono: la qualità Carson si vede tutta.
Non è uno stereomicroscopio ma non è neppure un microscopio biologico, è qualcosa che si colloca nel mezzo tra i due; non permette di osservare oggetti interi tridimensionali come il microscopio stereoscopico ma ne analizza piccole parti alla volta, non permette daltrocanto di vedere le cellule come il microscopio biologico anche se ponendo il vetrino sopra una torcia accesa è possibile vedere Chiaramente le cellule più grandi.
Con 120 ingrandimenti non aspettatevi di vedere il pasto dei protisti o le vorticelle Ma questi minuscoli animaletti in movimento riuscite a vederli chiaramente.
Il microscopio non ha 60 x e 120 x ma bensì copre tutta la gamma che va dai 60 ai 120 x essendo un microscopio zoom, questo è un vantaggio enorme Rispetto ai microscopi concorrenti.
Non è assolutamente un giocattolo Ma neppure un microscopio professionale possiamo definirlo un microscopio professionale di fascia bassa oppure un giocattolo di fascia altissima.
Io lo userò come passatempo per i miei hobby di entomologia e di mineralogia ma lo userò anche sul lavoro per controllare la finitura dei manufatti verniciati ,anche se i 60 x minimi di ingrandimento sono eccessivi per questo uso.
Il suo uso è semplicissimo una volta fatta pratica con la messa a fuoco diventa automatico usarlo e regolarlo ,tanto per farvi un'idea mio figlio di 6 anni lo ha usato tranquillamente.
se posso trovare un neo a questo microscopio È il fatto che è difficile usarlo al volo infatti ha bisogno di una superficie d'appoggio e può visualizzare soltanto superfici piane non fa vedere gli oggetti 3D.
Altro piccolo neo la mancanza di una bustina in cui riporlo, sarebbe bastato un piccolo sacchettino nero di quelli che si usano per gli occhiali.
Impeccabile come sempre la consegna Amazon che è stata puntualissima ed eccezionale l imballaggio.
Il prodotto lo consiglio vivamente.
Package contained Microscope and basic instructions.
The Microscope has a nice premium look and feel and the focus and magnification "wheels" have a nice smooth action with just enough turning resistance (this is subject to what material the scope is placed on, smoother surface materials can cause things to move about more) and the power button and battery cover were both well constructed and nicely fitted. Overall first impressions were very positive, it is rare to receive such a well built product at such a price point.
In use the illumination led is easily bright enough and makes viewing clear and well defined. After spending half a day hunting I finally managed to capture some flies and midges for my kids to look at. At lowest Magnification details were very sharp and the structure of the midges eye, body hairs and black shiny leg claws could all be easily made out. On higher magnifications things got a little blurry due to viewing a 3D object ( not all parts of the midge was in focus at one time) but the parts that were in focus were all clear and sharp and the level of magnification was quite impressive. Flat objects were much easier to view at higher magnifications. Viewing angles are good at lower magnifications but as expected get narrower at higher magnifications. By now we have used this Microscope to view many types of insect, sugar, salt and sand grains, flakes of skin many types of leaves, various fabrics and materials, and hairs and always got really good results.
As some other reviewers have stated it can be a little difficult to focus and change magnification at times but this gets easier with use and as you get a better idea what makes a good viewing surface.
The quality of construction on this item together with its good optics mean this is a very good microscope for both young and older users and combined with its price point, provides amazing value for money.
I would highly recommend this product to other potential costumers.
Ideal pocket size,and takes a "normal "battery. Illumination is bright,and gives a decent magnification for insects etc.
Obviously these magnifiers can not compete with proper much more expensive bench microscopes,but they have the great advantage of easy portability,and seem to be fairly robust,so ideal for outdoor use.
A good present for kids (and the not so young ) with inquisitive minds.