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Not just a toy,
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This review is from: Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope (Toy)
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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Initial post: 24 May 2011 20:47:23 BDT
H. Pinsker says:
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2011 11:39:11 BDT
Posted on 10 Sep 2011 20:10:03 BDT
Mrs. C. A. Goodyear says:
I want to buy a microscope for my six ear old grandson, he is so interested in finding out about things, i really appreciated this comment about the Natural History Museums pocket miscroscope which i am now going to buy, i didnt have a clue and would have probably paid more for just a toy one. So thank you very much.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2012 14:19:42 GMT
M. Wilson says:
My four year old uses my telescopes and can name planets, identify craters on the moon as well as the name of some of the brighter stars. Children are natural-born scientists always asking questions about the environment around them.
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