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My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - MFL-06
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- Features 40x, 100x &400x magnifications
- Real Glass Optics
- 6 hole disk diaphragm
- Battery Operated
- Extensive, 50 pc accessory kit
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# 1 Best-Selling Microscope!
From the multi-awarded My First Lab microscope series comes the MFL Duo-Scope, Winner of The Top Toy Award by Creative Child Magazine and Still the # 1 Best Selling Microscope; specially designed and developed to allow young scientists, ages nine and over, to examine specimens such as Blood Cells or Organ Tissue on real microscope slides, as well as view small solid objects like Plants, Coins and Insects. With its Dual cool LED illumination, the Duo-Scope is two microscopes in one, in that it can function as either a compound microscope, with the light shining up from underneath, for viewing microscope slides, or it can function as a dissecting stereo microscope, where the light shines down from above, for use when observing solid objects. The Duo-Scope assures that everyone will be amazed by the detail in the magnified images they will now be able to see.
A Real Biological Microscope!
The Duo-Scope is an authentic, scientist-grade, biological microscope and is not to be confused with TOYS, which claim to offer higher magnifications but are unable offer CLARITY. The Duo-Scope uses real optical glass lenses that have been specially crafted to provide the user with crystal-clear 40x, 100x, and 400x magnification, to view slides or solid objects through a 10x eyepiece, which also functions as a magnifying glass when removed from the eyepiece tube and turned over.
Designed for Maximum Portability!
Designed for maximum portability, the Duo-Scope features an impact-resistant frame and is AA battery powered, so whether examining the surface of a coin in the attic, studying a tiny insect's hairy legs in the garage, or checking out different rocks and leaves in the yard, the Duo-Scope is the ideal companion for venturing out into the Exciting World of Science.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q – I SAW ANOTHER MICROSCOPE WITH 1600X MAGNIFICATION. IS THAT MICROECSPE BETTER BECAUSE IT OFFERS ME A HIGHER MAGNIFICATION? A – Not exactly. A higher magnification does not always translate into a better microscope since clarity is the most important attribute to consider. At 1000X magnification, OIL between the objective and lens is sometimes required in order to achieve better clarity. We have carefully selected a range of magnification that will be easily viewed by our young scientists to avoid frustration when making adjustments to higher magnifications. Q – CAN THE DUO SCOPE BE USED FOR REAL-LIFE EDUCATIONAL APPLICATIONS, LIKE SCHOOL PROJECTS? A – Absolutely Yes! , the Duo-Scope is an authentic laboratory-grade scientific tool that will accompany the user all through their high-school education.Q – HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MICROSCOPE TO BUY? A - The type of microscope to buy depends on your intended application, because basically, STEREO MICROSCOPES, Offer lower magnification and are primarily intended for applications that require you to “work” in a magnified work-space and provide you with the ability to view specimens that do not fit on a microscope slide. A compound microscope offers higher magnification and is used to view specimen so small that it needs to be mounted on a slide. DUO-SCOPES are dual functioning microscopes that can do a little of both! Q – I SAW A CHEAPER MICROSCOPE. WHAT MAKES THIS ONE BETTER? A - We only use glass optics. Buying a microscope with plastic optics is like comparing looking through a clean window and a dirty window. Even if you do not buy our microscope we recommend you buy a microscope with glass optics Q – HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ON THE RIGHT MAGNIFICATION? A – Magnification is determined by multiplying the power of the eyepiece, with the power of the objective. The Duo-Scope features a 10x eyepiece, a 4x objective, a 10x objective and a 40X objective, thus providing the used with a range of 40x to 400x magnification. Q – HOW DO I KNOW HOW MUCH MAGNIFICATION I NEED? A – The amount of magnification needed depends on your intended application, the specimen type. See the chart below: A.1 - 10x to 40x is the ideal magnification range for viewing Insects, jewelry, keys, and even small toys. A.2 - At 40x to 100x magnification, cells and organ tissue are now visible, as well as some smaller solid items. A.3 - 100x to 400x magnification is the most frequently used magnification range for general laboratory applications and offers higher definition images of blood cells and organ tissue and nerves.
What's In The Box?
- A My First Lab Duo-Scope
- Five blank microscope slides
- Four prepared slides
- Blank slide labels
- Cover Slips
- Plastic dropper
- Two Non-toxic Stains (Red & Blue)
- Pack of Lens paper
- Test tube
- Petri dish
- Teasing needle
Hours of Fun and Learning!
Kids and adults will be amazed by the detailed magnified images they will be able to see of everyday items. Whether bringing into focus otherwise imperceptible nuances on the surface of a coin or offering a close look at a tiny insect's hairy legs, the Duo-Scope is designed to promote hours of fun and learning through discovery.
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From the Manufacturer
The Duo-Scope is a dual functioning biological microscope that incorporates modified objectives with dual cool LED illumination! This allows the user to view both microscopic sized specimens on slides as well as macroscopic (solid) objects like bugs, stamps and coins!
Top customer reviews
I did play with it too; I used microscopes at school, many years ago, and of course this won't compare with professional equipment, but it is good enough for kids.
The resolution is good; if you have time to prepare your samples, you will have a lot of fun. The box include 5 blank plates; be sure to not break them, they are really fragile, and for sure not suitable for kids (the edges are sharp).
Overall it is easy to use, you can look at simple things like stones, metal coin and also hair and bits of skin, but the fun is to watch very small items, although you need patience in preparing the samples, or just save time and get a pre-made set with most of the nice samples ready to be looked at.
The light below is strong but not super strong, so if you use samples that are too thick, you won't see much. The top light is good but if you use the maximum magnification attachment, it will cover the top light so you won't see anything.
the controls are simple, overall feel sturdy enough, although you want to supervise your kids, because there is no lock mechanism for the moving plate: you move it too close to the magnifier and you can actually break either the magnifier attachment or the sample. Once you find the right distance it works fine, but it takes a moment to get distracted and end up moving the plate too much, so beware of that.
In the end, there are a lot of accessories to do preliminary observation on many things; I had no luck in observing living cells, so unless you have big bacteria or micro-organisms around, you won't be able to see living cells (I did try with some blood and some dirty water in a yard puddle and could not see much). Perfect as first microscope, I am having as much fun as the kids!
It is light weight but main frame is metal.
While it only has one level of focus control the knob is a nice size and its easy to focus at fine levels.
This is a $65 microscope.
My review stars are for a $65 Microscope not a lab level tool.
But I think up to about $100 I would be pretty happy with this.
Its well made and easy to use and I find the optics to be very nice.
For telescopes just a medium grade Eye piece can cost over $100.
What I see is clear sharp images with a pretty flat view and very little distortion on the edges.. Nice!!
The top light is great and gives a whole new view of objects that are not transparent..
It comes with a mouth smear in the 4 prepared slices, that you can clearly see the nuclei of the cells.
I had read the few bad reviews of the this Microscope.. so worried a bit. Because I am actually pretty fussy and prone to returning things that I feel are poorly made. I now have to wonder if they were reviewing the right microscope. For something sold as a toy.. I am very please with what I got for my 9 year old daughter who is showing a real interest in science..
We bought and extra kit with shrimp eggs and tools for making slides.. She will need help but she is soo excited!
Optics are good. Low and Medium power work well. However, the high power is a little difficult to use for younger students. Older students with microscope experience do OK. This is no different than my classroom microscopes.
The Base is light weight and the scope is top heavy. Make sure it is used on a solid surface because it will tip easily if accidentally bumped.
The focus rack and pinion is not high quality. My grandson stripped the gear when he forced the knob past the stop. I had to rebuild the mechanism but he has not had problems after I explained the proper use of the focus knob.
I recommend this microscope for children that know how to use a microscope . My grandson has a 6 ear old brother that loves to use it but only with adult supervision and guidance. Older students with NO microscope experience can learn to use it with the help of older children or parents.