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This review is from: The Apex Practitioner Microscope (Electronics)
I required a microscope to help identify parasites on my Koi.
Originally I tried a National Geographic with objectives upto x1200 magnification. I took it back after several unsuccessful attempts at seeing anything, even from their samples. I turned to Amazon to find something more suitable.
After reading reviews of the Apex I took the plunge. Full marks Amazon - I ordered at 4pm and it had arrived the next day at 10am. After a short read of the instruction manual to find my way around this microscope, I set about testing it out.
Removing it from the packaging, I was very impressed with the quality. It looked sturdy and was obviously built to do a job. I was not disappointed. Images are very clear. I tested the enclosed locust samples and was struck by the clarity. Within minutes I had taken a couple of scrapes from my Koi and could clearly see the body flukes that were causing my fish distress.
The glass slides are not placed under spring clamps but sit securely on the stage held in place by a 'claw'. The stage can be moved backwards and forwards and left to right to allow positioning of the slide. There is a course and a fine focus dial and the mains lamp can be dimmed as required. The contrast can also be adjusted by use of the refractor lever.
Again, very impressed with this equipment and would recommend to anyone - Koi keeper or not.
The only negative point I have now is where to store the additional eyepiece , slides and cover glasses safely as the enclosed polystyrene packaging is not an ideal long term solution.