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Microscope for a 6 y.o.

Postby Emma B. on Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:02 am

I have no knowledge of microscopes was hoping to purchase one for my grandson who is 6. Is there anything available for under $150.00 that would be suitable and not frustrating.

I appreciate your help. I want to encourage his interactive learning.

Sincerely,

Emma Borders.
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Postby Jne_K on Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:05 am

Hi

No model at this price has a built in light that is serviceable. In this price range, you will only get a mirror which requires an external source of light, say a desk lamp or access to a window.

If you want a model with a built in light which actually works, you would need to move up to a serious microscope such as the Celestron 4050.

For the best buy in a beginner's microscope, try the LOMO P-111.

This microscope sells for less than $100, but it has absolutely nothing in common with other microscopes in its price range. It is a Russian (not Chinese) made stripped down research grade microscope without a binocular head, mechanical stage, built-in illumination, or oil objective. However, it does have dual focusing, an iris light control like an expensive model and it uses the same high quality eyepieces and objectives as much more expensive LOMO microscopes. Best of all, it can be upgraded at a later date with illumination, mechanical stage and oil objectives - something you cannot do with microscopes costing many times this price. It is priced low only because we purchased this model in bulk from LOMO in Russia. This is easily the best buy in a beginner's microscope on the market.

For a good slide set, try the Meade #904 25 Piece Prepared Microscope Slides.
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