I am wondering whether I might of received a unit that had been previously used by someone. I'm not sure, but while the unit itself is sturdy and robust, mine was delivered with a missing lower halogen bulb! CS promtly sent me another bulb, and when I went to install it, I found the "original" bulb wedged into the space beneath the microscope. Other than that, I am satisfied. Customer Service was great.
We love this microscope! Love that it doesn't need to be plugged in, it just reflect light. And the quality of the lenses are amazing. We look at anything we can imagine and are always at AWwwwww
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.
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