Promotion Set: OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage + 100 Glass Blank Slides & Covers + 100 Lens Cleaning Paper
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CONTRUCTION - First off, the construction of the OMAX mostly metal. There are few plastic part, but these part are the buttons, switches, and knobs. The main body, head unit, arm and stage are metal and very sturdy. The plastics parts are fine and do not compromise the structure and stability of the OMAX. The microscope is a slightly smaller than name brand microscopes, yet it does not fail to produce the same results as name brand microscopes. The light source is LED. This provides the user with a low power light source great for viewing live organisms and enough power to brightly view all other types of specimens.
OPTICS - Next the optics are excellent and provide the user with high resolution of anything bigger than a 0.5 micrometers. You can use this microscope to view bacteria, fungi, protozoa, etc. The microscope comes with a 5x, 10x, 40x, and 100x objectives. Also it comes with 10x and 20x ocular objectives. The 20x is nice and makes it slightly easier to view organisms. The main viewing objectives are removable for replacement or upgrades.
FUNCTIONS - The OMAX has lots of useful functions. The ocular objective has interpupillary adjustment. In other words the ocular objectives can moved closer or further apart depending on the users preference.Read more ›
First, let's start by talking magnification. The instinctive reaction of a first time user is to prefer microscope kits that offer higher magnification. But this is misleading because beyond 1000X-1500X magnifications, you don't really gain any resolution (check: www.microscope.com/education-center/articles/false-magnification/ as well as comments to this review and below). And, as we will see below, most microscope kits don't offer any intermediate magnifications between 1000X and the maximum magnification they offer (2000X or 2500X), so that maximum magnification doesn't really give you any extra resolution over a 1000X microscope.
Compound microscopes obtain their magnifications by combining the eyepiece magnification with the objective magnification. The objective magnifications usually are: 4X, 10X, 40X, and 100X. The most used eyepiece magnifications are: 10X, 20X, 25X. The 100X objective cannot be used as is, it requires a special immersion oil (see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_immersion for explanation); so in inexpensive microscopes, this objective is usually missing, Regarding eyepieces, you usually get 10X or pairs of 10x+20X or 10X+25X. Now let's look at what these combinations provide as magnification:
10X: 40X (with 4X objective), 100X (with 10X), 400X (with 40X), 1000X (with 100X).Read more ›
Well, I bought this microscope. I can confirm that it is every bit as good as and maybe better than the olympus microscopes and other brands of microscopes we had at my university. This is a much better option and still cheaper than buying a retired university microscope that probably will need maintenance and has been used and abused by countless students over the years before finally ending up on ebay.
I use it mainly to help identify pathogenic bacteria and fungi. I bought a gram stain kit to go along with it.
I was also between the OMAX and that other similarly priced microscope on Amazon from a Chinese brand. This microscope has LED lighting. I also think it looks more professional because it doesn't have the multicolor aspect the other one does. Finally, between a Korean and a Chinese company I chose Korean.
Read the reviews and believe them. This is a very good microscope for half the price of a used name brand microscope. If a compound microscope is what you need then this is a good option for whatever you may use it for.
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This is a great little scope. I use it to run fecal egg counts on livestock, as well as analyzing ear swabs and fine needle aspirates. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kodiakmoment
Great quality microscope for the money. Higher magnification is blurry, but the low is perfect.Published 1 month ago by Kenny
Works as described and has a very easy setup when you first get it you will be looking at whatever in no time. Excellent for the price I would say.Published 1 month ago by Chari
It works fine. I was expecting it to have some cheap plastic parts but I was wrong! Very good qualityPublished 1 month ago by Zambranod
A great starter microscope for my seven year old daughter, and six year old son. They love it!Published 2 months ago by Kristen
Second time our university lab group used this scope it started smoking we had to unplug it and we ended up having to spend a few more hundred dollars on a new one.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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