My 10 year old daugher wanted a microscope for Christmas. I found this to be a great choice considering cost and the total kit inclusive of premade slides. She is enjoying this very much. I did not want to spend a great deal of money and this has satisfied her hunger for science and exploration.We are making our own slides and I really appreciate a gift that challenges her mind and does not require her to be on the computer! We are excited for spring so that she can get outside and create more live slides!
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.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well this microscope works. I'm able to resolve fine details of cells and see them in action. The camera needs an upgrade, but for the price it's adequate. My only complaint was that it didn't come with instructions or the secrete code required to register it with the maker for perks.
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