Product Type: Bresser microscopes
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A real microscope for the price of a toy
Bresser Biolux 20X-1280x
Member Name: broxi3781
Bresser Biolux 20X-1280x
Advantages: Being able to connect to a pc is the best part of this microscope,
Disadvantages: No prepared slides, but they can easily be purchased separately.
After having suggested this product a few weeks ago I thought it was time I get around to writing a review about it.
As many of you know, my son is home educated, but I am committed to providing him with as many opportunities to learn at home as possible. I know most children his age would not be using microscopes at school yet, but I like to bring science to life rather than only using text books. We had bought a couple of cheap toy microscopes but when I saw this at Lidyl for £35 I went home and discussed with husband and went back to buy it. Luck was on my side as when I went back it had just been marked down to £28.
The microscope itself is absolutely brilliant. It includes a power cord and powerful led lighting. After having used so many toy microscopes with batteries, this was a great relief, and a good lighting source is essential for proper viewing. The set comes a barlow lense, a 5x wf eyepiece and a 16x wf eyepiece all though to be honest I have not really used any of these much beyond just trying them out as they can not be used with the usb pc ocular. You also get a basic slide making set, brine shrimp eggs and hatchery, tweezers, scissors, blank slides, and eye dropper type thing called a pipette for sucking up liquids and a couple of long thin things that look like they are to poke things with ( sorry for the very non technical description), and a thing called a microcut to make very thin slices of specimens for viewing. Everything comes in a handy black nylon case with a divider section that has loops to hold all the bits and bobs.
The very best part of this microscope is the pc ocular though, and that is the reason I bought this set. It can be very hard for young children to look through a microscope properly, and even adults can find it a strain. This eyepiece means the microscope easily hooks up to a pc and my son can just view everything on the screen, although he does take a peek through the lenses as well. The magnification on the screen is absolutely brilliant. Using a drop of fresh blood you could actually see the cell moving about and it made it so much easier to explain to him what blood cells are and how the body works than just reading a text book, and it is so much more fun as well. ( the blood collection was fun too, after laughing at my husband trying tentatively to poke himself for ages and making such a big deal of it, I quickly took a drop of my own blood and laughed at him more ). My son really enjoys this microscope and it makes learning fun.
I really can not recommend this product enough for anyone with children, as a wonderful way to explore the natural world. I am sure many adults would find it very interesting as well. As an added bonus we found the ocular could be held up to my husbands telescope, allowing pictures from the telescope to be seen on the laptop as well, and my son had great fun looking at all the craters on the moon with this too.
As to power of the microscope, it provides up to 1280 magnification, but in simple terms, it is better than the microscope I used at university, although that is going back some years. For those using it at home I think this will do everything you could possible expect. I was delighted to be able to see movement in blood cells, but it works brilliantly to magnify things like a dead flies wing, or even onion layers as well.
The only down side to this is it doesn't come with prepared slides as most children's microscopes do, but then I imagine it is not really made for children. At the price I paid I certainly am not complaining. I have been able to pick up a few prepared slide separately, and taken the ones from my sons old toy microscopes. Ebay does have slides periodically although they tend to be dear and sporadic in content. If anyone does have a great source for prepared slides, please review it or send me a message. But of course making your own slides is always fun too.
Summary: We love this!