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Child's first Microscope.
on December 29, 2012
For a child's first microscope this is a pretty good choice. It is light weight but it also seems pretty sturdy. It doesn't do much at 20x but it does show bugs and rocks. I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my son. At eight, he thinks it's great. For me, it's so so, as I was expecting more detail.
It's super simple to use. I like items that have a paragraph on how to put things together. It's very easily put together so much so my son can do it with no problem. It takes a bit more skill (which he will gain in time) to focus it. It focused only by moving the top apparatus up and down by the knobs on the side. Pretty easy.
One does have to center the subject, but it has a guide in the form of a "light". Without the light turned on, it creates a reflect light in the form of three small dots on the sample so one can center the sample or the slide precisely where the subject can be seem. It has clips to hold the sample. The light, I feel, must be turned on to get the best optics.
It comes with a dust cover.
It is fun to use with my son and it does create quality time together.
I'd say that this is good for...maybe two years before graduating to a more powerful microscope.