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Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope

by Natural History Museum
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 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 + 72 Blank Microscope Slides and 100 Square Cover Glass + Complete Book of the Microscope (Usborne Internet-linked Reference)
Price For All Three: 21.97

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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 253 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
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Date First Available14 Mar 2008
  
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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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144 of 145 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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224 of 227 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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27 of 27 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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126 of 129 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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23 of 23 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money 26 Oct 2009
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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   
This is a really fantastic little gadget. I wanted to examine something close up, and after reading the reviews of this, thought I couldn't go wrong for the price. And sure enough, it is even better than I expected. The LED light makes the object being examined really clear. It comes with slides and a fixed camp, or can be used free form resting on any object. It is really easy to use, the quality of the optics is excellent. The kids love it. I love it.
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40 of 42 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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23 of 24 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good for young budding scientists
good for young budding scientists... i also bought the book which gives info on what to view under the microscope... good gift
Published 2 days ago by nanna rose
5.0 out of 5 stars pocket microscope
small compact well made product take anywhere good easy viewing has its own light does what I need it for
Published 4 days ago by D. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! Easy to use and works well. Kids... and adults love it.
Surprisingly well made for 10 and works really well. Small enough to fit in your pocket too. This is the 3rd one I have bought to spark the imagination of several little... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Loz
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 year old loves it
and so do I. This wee bargain does exactly what it says it does. Fits in a pocket, simple to use, great fun and oh so much to look at.
Published 5 days ago by Too sexy for my simmit
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Toy
The first thing we looked at was a flee off the dog (who was supposedly fleeless). The image was so clear we could even see the blood in its belly. Awesome! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Vix
4.0 out of 5 stars Helping a future scientist-astronaut
My 9 year old grand-daughter wants to be a scientist and astronaut. I want her to learn to love science. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Keith C Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun
I bought this for my 8 year old son, but so far I have used it more! Good for looking at foreign objects, splinters etc. The view of stuff is so detailed. Amazing!
Published 13 days ago by heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Microscope
Very well made and seems solid the clearity from such a small microscope was amazing gave us a lot of fun on boxing day
Published 22 days ago by Kevin Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
The best things I have bought on Amazon, it does the real work. You can see through almost anything. Must buy if searching for one of these.
Published 1 month ago by Fatima Al-Qaim
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
we bought two of these for Christmas, and saved all the dead insect we had found in the garden for Christmas day, and what a delight for all the family to look through the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BH
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