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AmScope Student Compound Microscope $44 + free shipping

fthnm2005 1,548 100 October 11, 2016 at 10:38 AM in Education (4)
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Last Edited by TattyBear October 11, 2016 at 11:15 AM
AmScope has a 40X-1000X Biological Science Student Compound Microscope on sale at $44.

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Anyone has it? Any pros/cons? The only available Amazon review vaguely talks about profits extracted through the microscope and bad lighting.
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When I researched microscope for my kids, my conclusion was that for kids, go with a Brock Magiscope. For most purposes, clarity with high magnification is hard to achieve with a cheap microscope. To really get high magnification to 1000x, you need oil medium instead of air. So the advertisement of to 1000x is a marketing gimmick, and you'll probably want mechanical holders with fine adjustment at that high magnification. Besides, my quick search on ebay yields $50 for that microscope, so maybe the 'savings' is not so great (10%). YMMV
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