Being that I work in a laboratory, and I am used to the high resolution, high-tech microscopes, I personally did not have any use for this beginner microscope, so I only gave it 4 stars--but my teen sister absolutely loved it. It offers an amazing picture when done near a well-sunlit window (it is capable of operating with or without use of the battery), and we were able to observe vinegar eels with very nice detail. It comes with some prepared slides, but the fun comes from making your own. Best present you can get for a child or a teen if you want them to love science.
This kit is well thought out and worth the price. However, if you are serious about microscopes, know that this is more of a toy for a 5 year old, and that's it.
My oldest granddaughter got a microscope for Christmas. These slides were perfect, already prepared, and kept her very fscinated.. Soon, she can make her own slides!
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