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Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope

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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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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions16.4 x 12 x 5.2 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:1 month and up
Item model numberNHM1005
Assembly RequiredNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB0015X4Y5S
Best Sellers Rank 404 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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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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184 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Miss F on 9 Nov 2008
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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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Place on 15 Jan 2010
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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254 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Stench on 2 Feb 2010
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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By pg tester on 1 Feb 2010
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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141 of 144 people found the following review helpful By The Wife on 9 Aug 2008
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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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Yersinia pestis on 30 Mar 2010
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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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock on 2 Feb 2010
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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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By HollowSpy on 16 Jan 2010
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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