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Funny because I was JUST looking at this scope this past weekend. Seems to be good entry level alternative to a compound scope. For the new folks, this stereoscope is best for looking at things that are too thick/opaque for what you normally think of as a microscope, which illuminates from below, through the item (cells, very thin leaf, etc). For larger or thicker items, bottom illumination will only create a dark object, and you wont see the countours as well.

The upside I heard about to this is decent optics, top/bottom light, reversible dark/light plate. The downside is the tungsten bulb which people have said gets extremely hot and you can burn yourself if not careful while changing items on the observation plate.

I have a nice compound microscope with camera, but the kids want to see things like sugar crystals, bugs, leaves, and other thicker 3D objects and this is what you'd need.

ETA: just noticed a paid ad on my screen for those electronic usb 'microscopes' that look like a black tube. Those are cheap and fun, but VERY overstated in their capabilities. Often buggy, pixelated, and horrible mounts that will drive you mad until you spend for an aftermarket mount.
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Last edited by goldemi718 October 14, 2019 at 06:49 AM.