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My 12 year old son is going through one of his "phases", and his current phase is an interest in all things scientific hence my recent acquisition of a couple of microscopes and telescopes amongst other things! I must admit that this is an interesting hobby and even I have enjoyed examining various household objects.
The Biolux ICD is a handy stereo microscope with binocular head. The illuminator is powered by 2 AA batteries which makes the microscope independent of any external electrical sources. This makes it portable and means you can use it anywhere. Also advantageous is its lightness, despite having a great optical quality. Optimal performance is guaranteed for observations of coins, minerals, stamps, small electric components, etc. A box with mineral samples is included. It is extremely simple to use, the Biolux 20x is ideal for the examination of everyday objects (coins, gems, insects etc) in fascinating yet understandable detail.
The high quality stereoscopic views set this great inspection microscope apart from its competitors. All its controls operate smoothly and it is great for looking at everyday objects found in the garden and around the house Well, have you ever seen the ink on the ball of a ballpoint pen?. The attraction of this type of instrument is that it does not use glass slides and instead offers close-up highly controlled images of solid objects. Simple objects like a leaf or a piece of cloth become an absorbing spectacle that encourages further study. This microscope is an ideal instrument for children 7+.
• Type: Stereo microscope
• View: Binocular
• Application range: Entomology, Coins, Botany, Stamps, Education, Teaching
• Level: Children, Beginner
• Extras: Battery operation
• Warranty: 2 years
• Light weight
• Incident LED illumination
• Magnifications: 20x
• Eyepieces: 10x wide field
• Eyepiece diameter: 23.2 mm
• Objectives: 2x
• Power supply: 2 x AA batteries (not included)
• Box with mineral samples
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.
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 microscope itself is a robust item that has the feel of a quality instrument and this proved to be reinforced by the performance. This model dose not only come with 2 eyepieces, a 10x and 20x, 3 Objectives, a 4x, 10x and 40x, it also has a whole range of features one would expect from a much more expensive model.
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.