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Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope

by Natural History Museum
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
Price: 9.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
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  • Trust the Natural History Museum to devise the most efficient, most want-able pocket microscope
  • For all that it measures just 5.1 x 4.1 x 2.8cm
  • It's got 20x - 40x zoom magnification with touch-button ultra-bright LED illuminator
  • Adjust focus wheel for stunning clarity and inspect flakes of skin and the like in incredible detail
  • Comes with slides, cover slips and lens cloth
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Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope + The Apex Whole Insect Slides + 72 Blank Microscope Slides and 100 Square Cover Glass
Price For All Three: 22.98

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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions12.4 x 12.2 x 5.2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:1 month and up
Item model numberNHM1005
Assembly RequiredNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB0015X4Y5S
Best Sellers Rank 397 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
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Date First Available14 Mar 2008
  
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Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

Product Description

With this pocket sized microscope you are able to view small objects in high detail with brightness and clarity that even impressed scientists at the Natural History Museum. It has 20-40 x magnification which makes it ideal for viewing coins, print and nature. The bright LEDs and focus wheel ensure pin sharp images. The Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope is weighted and has a high quality rubberised body construction.

Box Contains

1 x Pocket Microscope with light
1 x Specimen stage
2 x Specimen slides
1 x lens cleaning cloth
3 x LR44 batteries
1 x instruction manuel


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156 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value 9 Nov 2008
By Miss F
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When looking for a microscope for 2 children (age 5-6) I found it hard to get reliable advice, and read a lot of bad reviews for much higher priced childrens products. I bought this one on a whim after seeing 1 good review and found that this microscope is amazing value. It produces clear, bright images, and is a perfect first microscope for young children. It has slides which they can learn to mount, and it can also be taken out of its holder and placed over any object that you want to view. The magnification is just right for young ones to be able to relate the magnified image to the object itself. At both 20x and 40x magnification onion skin cells are clearly visible and I will try to upload a picture I took through the microscope of unstained red onion skin. I highly recommend this microscope, it is amazing value for money and a perfect introductory microscope.
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235 of 239 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a toy 2 Feb 2010
By Stench
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a superb microscope considering it's under 10. Unbelievable really.

I use it to examine the scratch patterns on blades and it is perfect for the job. I used to work in a cytology lab, so I have some experience with optics and for this price the pocket microscope is incredible. Don't be fooled by toy microscopes claiming to have 1000x magnification - you can't achieve that without expensive optics and the specimen has to be properly prepared in order to view it at that magnification. The 1000x toy microscopes just give you a faint blob of light with some vague fuzz where the specimen is supposed to be. Their objective lenses are tiny and they have very low light-gathering capability.

The 40x magnification on the pocket microscope is a real 40x with a bright, crisp image. The Natural History Museum did the right thing - they went for high quality optics at lower magnification.

It's a great educational toy, for sure (try examining a bank note with it), but it's also completely fit for purpose for anywhere where you need good magnification. Worth having around even if you don't have kids.

At this price, you simply can't go wrong. For once you will get more than what you paid for.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it 15 Jan 2010
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this as a stocking filler and it has been just as popular as the major Christmas presents. My daughter is 6 and we have looked at fingernails, snowflakes and skin so far. My other daughters aged 12 an 15 also keep borrowing it, plus it doubles as a handy torch. Really excellent value for money and not easily breakable. Though we did lose the little stand for a few days.
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128 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Great quality at a great price. 9 Aug 2008
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this for the kids. Didn't expect much for under 10. However, I was amazed. Truly pocket sized and such lovely quality. Kids have loved finding stuff to put on the slides. Live mosquito larvae (from the water butt) especially good. Could spend hours using it. Lighting is even good enough to get some reasonable photographs via my digital camera. Love it. Will be buying more for presents.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinky microscope 1 Feb 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Absolutely awesome little microscope! I bought it on the strength of the other reviewers comments, after being disappointed by a more expensive other make of 'scope. This is so much more fun. Not fiddly at all, and an incredibly bright light means you can see the subject matter really quickly and easily.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This pocket microscope is pretty neat. It features a single-turret 20x-40x zoom construction with a focusing wheel, and is very straightforward to use.

While it doesn't have the power of a full-featured microscope, you can plonk it on just about any surface you'd like to investigate.

That opens up a whole world of possibilities that won't fit on a normal microscope stage. It also has a removable base with a slide holder for conventional use, and a built-in battery-operated light.

You could easily take it on field trips for a first look at your samples. It's robust, light, simple and pocket-sized.

A great gadget for big kids and little 'uns.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Size isn't everything 16 Jan 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The reviews and cost made this an instant purchase for my 6-year-old's stocking. When I recieved it I was surprised at how small it was, and initially thought "Oh dear". However, when it was opened and used on Christmas Day I was extremely impressed with the quality of the view and ease of use. What a superb product!! For the price, it is out of this world. We have since spent a lot of time hunting for all sorts of things in the house to look at and she has been very engaged. It seems pretty durable too with simple, non-fiddly controls.

As a primary teacher who is used to using a variety of equipment in science lessons - this is terrific value for money and high quality that results in great learning potential. Low energy LED too - great for battery life. Considering getting a bunch for the classroom now.

If you are after a microscope to get started GET THIS PRODUCT, IT IS EXCELLENT.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the inquisitive of any age! 2 Feb 2010
Durability: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
As a child I remember having fun looking at everyday objects with a microscope: hair, insects, onion skins, dirt in the carpet, etc. The microscope I had then was quite a solid piece of kit, with high magnification of up to 200x. However, this handy gadget knocks the spots off the old one, in terms of useability, clarity of image and brightness.
When I saw this product, I just had to get one: curiosity has no age limit!
It is possible to take photos through this, with a bit of dexterity, too.
Just get one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This went down very well as a Christmas present for a 5 year old boy.
Published 10 hours ago by hj
4.0 out of 5 stars great fun
Great fun for my seven year old granddaughter
Published 10 hours ago by Janet Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made; lots of fun; ideal for travelling.
Very nice and fun microscope. My 7 year old boy love it and spent much time of his holidays looking at fabrics, plants and bugs outdoor. Ideal for both outdoor and indoor etc. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Daveed
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Esperaba que tuviera m'as aumentos, pero en realidad es una lupa
Published 5 days ago by beatroz
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Bigger than you think
Got this for my partner, as he likes gadgets, he said it was a good magnification and very clear, even on the highest magnification setting, nice and small, not too bulky to carry... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ms. Dawn A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural history museum pocket microscope - natural history museum.
This clever device is quite cheap but don't be put off by that, it is a truly sharp and powerfull magnifier and is quite solidly built you never know how handy something like this... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Harry king
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product, amazing value.
Fantastic product, amazing value. Just what you would expect from something bearing the name Natural History Museum, bright clear imaging, very light and simplicity itself to use. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jungle Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price
Very Impressed for its size. I removed the clear frame from the bottom to make PCB investigation easier. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Martin J
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great small microscope at works very well
Really great small microscope at works very well. Sturdy and very well made. Robust I would like a hook hole o I could hang it round my boys neck so they don't loose it when we are... Read more
Published 9 days ago by OrganicGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for a 1st microscope for young children
Brilliant for a 1st microscope for young children! Magnification not too strong so they can still easily identify the image with the object.
Published 18 days ago by El
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