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#1 Mainecanoe

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:19 AM

My daughter and I will be examining a pond soon. I'm seeking recommendations for a microscope suitable for children, but has enough quality to allow decent views. I don't want something like those cheap kids binoculars or telescopes that turn kids off because they don't work.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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#2 Astrojensen

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 05:58 AM

Budget? You can, at least in Europe, get very decent microscopes for well below 150 euros (or almost the same in $). 

 

http://www.teleskop-...d-Auflicht.html

 

http://www.teleskop-...is-400fach.html

 

http://www.teleskop-...op-40-640x.html

 

http://www.teleskop-...tmikroskop.html

 

 

Twice that budget opens up a huge selection, including microscope with binoviewers.

 

 

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#3 Mainecanoe

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 06:24 AM

Budget <$100.

#4 G4Jon

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:00 AM

My eight-year-old granddaughter and I have been very happy with the Omano OM117L; was about $65 from Amazon about a year ago. Good luck.



#5 Sportflyer

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 07:54 AM

Look at the Surplus Shed website.  They often have decent used school quality microscopes at good prices.



#6 wessmire

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 08:30 AM

I have a cheap Chinese pocket microscope (Carson 60x-120x led lighted about $12 on amazon). Its the size of a hand, can view without slides, easy to use, and it's dirt cheap. Might not be what your looking for but worth a look.  I gave a pair to my niece for Christmas, explained how to use them (looking at her skin).  We ended up outside "exploring"(rocks, plants, dead bugs) it was fun.  



#7 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:07 PM

My daughter and I will be examining a pond soon. I'm seeking recommendations for a microscope suitable for children, but has enough quality to allow decent views. I don't want something like those cheap kids binoculars or telescopes that turn kids off because they don't work.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

WHere are you located?

 

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#8 alnitak22

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:16 PM

The basic $65 scope is quite good. 

 

http://www.microscop...chools-students



#9 Jon_Doh

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:03 AM

Amscope makes some hobbyist microscopes with specimen kits for under a hundred bucks.  They even come with a carrying case.  Do a search on Amazon.



#10 Microscopy

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:00 AM

There's a very large supply of good second-hand microscopes for less than 100€/$/£.

I bought some of these for less than 50€/$/£.

Clockwise:

LOMO MBR-1, "expedition version" (€ 40)

Leitz SM (€ 40)

Zeiss Standard GFL (€ 40)

Olympus CHC (€ 75)

PZO Studar (€ 80)

Zeiss Standard Junior KF (€ 80)

OIP de Gand, one of a series at the time made to special order for a bacteriology lab (€ 40)

Olympus GB (€ 75)

 

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#11 Microscopy

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 07:24 AM

In the price range € 100 - € 250 one can find the lab workhorses of the 1960's - 1980's, such as these:

A Reichert Diapan equipped for phase/anoptralcontrast and a few Zeiss Standards:

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And starting from some € 500 and upwards, the research microscopes of that era, such as this Reichert Zetopan, my favorite:

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#12 Microscopy

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 05:03 AM

My daughter and I will be examining a pond soon. I'm seeking recommendations for a microscope suitable for children, but has enough quality to allow decent views. I don't want something like those cheap kids binoculars or telescopes that turn kids off because they don't work.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

So, did you buy a microscope after all?

As I was going trough the Lomo files of the Nordhessen Microscope Friends, I rememberd I still had a nice little kid's microscope somewhere. I haven't found it yet, but a glimpse of it can be seen in one of the pictures above:

 

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This is a Russian Zenit-Lomo YWM-1. A picture and a description here, on p. 4: http://mikroskopfreu...LOMO-Zenith.pdf.

It looks like a toy microscope, but actually it's a competent little piece of kit, ideal for kids, that comes with *real* 8x/0.20 and 20x/0.40 achromats and *real* 7x, 10x and 15x Huyghian eyepieces, delivering nice images at magnifications between 56x and 300x.

A decent travelling microscope too: just wrap it in a towel and put it in your backpack...

These are seen here from time to time on the second-hand market for next to nothing: a few Euro's.




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