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.
Very good quality microscope, much better than brands available at retail outlets. The main optics are very easy to use and show very sharp images. I haven’t figured out how to use the trinocular yet. I would have rated this product 5-stars but the manual is not very good. Overstock delivered the item quickly while taking back a previously ordered microscope. I ordered one with greater magnification (100 -1000X) that I didn’t need. I would recommend this to anyone who what’s to explore the microscopic world with their children.
This is a solidly-built stereo microscope with very good clear optics. I've used a variety of German and Japanese pro-grade microscopes, and the optical quality rivals many of them. The mechanical construction is solid, and the microscope is stable even with the arm at full extension. The LED illuminator is bright but adjustable, and with the 0.5x Barlow lens, there is about 5" of working distance at lower magnifications and a good depth of field. There is some focal shift through the full zoom range, but not excessively so. This is going to be a good scope for electronics work.
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