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The first microscope for the 8 y.o.

Postby chicklet9802 on Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:20 pm

I would like to buy my daughter (8 years old) her first microscope, but i do not know what to look for in a microscope. i would like to spend under $80. Should i choose a plastic model or a metal model?? what is the best maganification i can get in my price point?? I would like one that has a battery operated light to help with viewing... and i would prefer one that comes in a case so she can keep track of the items and keep the microscope safe.
thank you for your help!

Postby Jne_K on Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:23 pm


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.

If you cannot affor the LOMO, try the all metal Meade 9260.

For a good slide set, try the Meade.
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