Educational Insights GeoSafari Micropro 48-Piece Microscope Set
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- Investigate everything from cells to crystals in dazzling detail with this die-cast microscope featuring glass eyepieces and 50x–600x power settings!
- Simply slip one of 3 prepared slides under the lens or prepare your own specimen!
- Includes microscope; 10x and 20x glass eyepieces; 3 prepared slides; 8 blank slides; lab supplies; and an 18-page instruction and activity guide.
- Power settings from 50x to 600x for superior precision viewing of everything from cells to crystals.
- Included guide features 8 hands-on microscopic activities as well as tool usage and care tips.
- Supports STEM learning through scientific exploration and hands-on experience with a key scientific tool.
- Guide includes suggested activities designed to get kids engaged in scientific investigation.
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The Big Idea: MicroPro 48-piece Microscope Set
Introduce young scientists to a powerful microscope set with up to 600x magnification. Encourage discovery with a real scientific tool that includes everything you'll need to explore plus safe experiments for even more fun. Perfect for STEM learning!
Shhh. ..They're Learning!
● Learn with a real scientific tool.
● Includes safe and fun scientific activities.
● 50x, 100x, 150x, 300x, and 600x magnifications.
● Encourages hands on, scientific discoveries.
● Perfect for STEM learning.
The Nitty-Gritty: Key Features
● Microscope has 50x, 100x, 150x, 300x, and 600x magnifications.
● 1 – 10X Eyepiece.
● 1 – 20X Eyepiece.
● 1 – Scalpel.
● 1 – Spatula.
● 1 – Stirring Rod.
● 1 – Tweezers.
● 1 – Test Tube with Cap.
● 1 – Petri Dish.
● 1 – Pipette.
● 3 – Specimen Vials.
● 3 – Prepared Slides.
● 8 – Blank Slides.
● 8 – Slide Labels.
● 16 – Slide Covers.
● Light requires 2 AA batteries (not included).
With the GeoSafari MicroPro, young scientists can investigate everything from cells to crystals. Perfect for individual or classroom use, the glass eyepieces and power settings from 50x to 600x provide users with superior precision viewing. The built-in light and rack-and-pinion focusing help deliver bright, clear images. The 48-piece kit has professionally prepared slides and everything users need to make their own specimen slides. Not a toy, but a scientific instrument, the microscope includes high-quality components and features that make it appropriate for science learning at any age. Requires 2 AA batteries for light (not included).
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We got this one for our five-year-old son, who enjoys it very much, and is able to use it. He started out with quite a bit of adult guidance, but he is now able to use it by himself.
As far as I can tell, the optics are quite good. There do appear to be a couple of minor flaws, so that if the microscope is out of focus, some phantom images come into view. But as it is focused, they disappear, and you get a clear image.
From some of the other reviews, it appears that the lamp sometimes fails to work. Ours works much better than expected, but I wouldn't consider the electric light to be critical. The microscope is actually easier to use with the mirror, and you generally get a better image. The trick is to place a bright light in front of the microscope, shining on the mirror. A desk lamp works well. Then, before attemting to focus the microscope, move the mirror around until the light through the eyepiece is brightest. Only then should you begin to focus. Start with the lowest magnification, carefully focus the image, and then carefully move the slide around to center the image. After you have focused it with the lowest magnification, then increase the magnification (without moving anything else), and then repeat the process of focusing. In most cases, it's best to stay with the lowest magnification. But you should always start with the lowest magnification.
If the bulb burns out, it should be possible to replace it at any almost any hardware store. Simply show them the bulb, and they will find one the same shape and size. The only other piece of information you need to give is the voltage, which would be three volts. But again, if the bulb burns out or fails to work for some reason, better results can be obtained with the mirror. In any event, a burnt out lightbulb shouldn't induce the levels of trauma suggested by some other reviewers. You certainly shouldn't just stop using the microscope and simply wait for the manufacturer to send you a new bulb.
Louis Pasteur probably didn't have an electric light on his microscope, and you child doesn't need one either!
If you understand the limitations and take care when adjusting the focus knob, you will get excellent results from this microscope. It comes with enough prepared slides so that you can begin looking at things right away. I would recommend starting with the prepared slides. Once you've figured out how the microscope works, you will be able to move on to other items.
Other reviewers have pointed out that many of the accessories are of very poor quality. The slides are actually quite good, and since they're plastic, you don't need to worry about breakage. Another reviewer correctly pointed out that the warning about sharp objects is absolutely unnecessary, since the "scalpel" is made out of plastic, and is incapable of cutting, intentionally or otherwise. We originally intended to remove the scalpel before giving the microscope to our son, but that was not necessary. The various other petri dishes, eye droppers, etc., are perfectly functional.
This is not a toy microscope. It is a completely functional microscope that happens to be cheap enough that it can be given to kids as a very educational toy. It's an exceptional value for the money.
+ The entire body is plastic. I almost broke off a critical part making what I would consider a minor adjustment. Be very cautious.
+ The two eyepieces that came with it screw on and off (instead of slipping in), and do not do so easily. They were very easy to cross-thread and even when I had the threads correctly aligned, it was difficult and jerky to screw them in and out. I was sure I was about to break something.
+ The two clips that hold slides in are stationary. They should at least be loose enough to swivel. Also there is no way to move the clips in an x-y coordinate system as I would expect from a decent microscope--instead you have to manually push the slide around with your finger, which obviously can be a very clunky process.
+ The slides have a square in the middle for the specimen, but the slide covers are ROUND and too big to fit entirely into the square. What the heck? Horrible design decision there.
+ Scalpel looks VERY real! It's non-dangerous plastic, though, but from more than 12 inches away it's hard to tell.
Despite the above "cons" overall I really like this microscope and for the money it's a great value. It's received heavy use in the last week and hasn't broken, which is more than I can say about most mass-produced plastic toys these days. It has introduced my son to the microscopic world, and anything that can so significantly distract his attention from video games is a fantastic product in my opinion.