Product Type: Natural History Museum Novelty Toy
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Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope
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Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope
Advantages: Cheap, Easy to Use & Great Images.
At school recently I was given the task of spending some of the Science budget. Now if the word "Science" hadn't preceded the word "budget" I doubt I would have had a problem spending a bit of money on things I could class as being "school related!" After a bit of searching in the Science cupboard I realised the school only had four microscopes that I could find... hardly enough to use in a classroom with a class full of children. Therefore the first thing I decided to purchase was some more microscopes to enable them to be used more often in the classroom.
After having a hunt online for microscopes I realised that a lot of the ones on offer were extremely hi tech and had far more features that we would ever need in school. I settled on buying twenty of the Natural History Museum Pocket Microscopes as they had a fairly simple design, were reasonably priced and had a fairly good write up. When it arrived I was surprised by how small it was, it measures just 5.1cm by 4.1cm by 2.8cm and is only 699g in weight. It didn't require any assembly and was ready to use as soon as it was taken out the box... simple!
Other features include the fact that it's got 20 to 40 times zoom magnification with an ultra bright LED illuminator that is controlled by a simple touch button making it really easy to alter the light. There's also a small focus wheel which can be adjusted to ensure the image is as clear as possible and is shown in the best detail it can be, merely turning it gently will refocus the microscope. As I've had relatively little experience with microscopes I can't comment on whether these features are particularly amazing or not but they certainly seem to do the job.
It took me a few minutes to work out how to adjust the light and the magnification but once I'd done that it was really straightforward, children as young as seven have since worked with this microscopes and found them easy to use! Once you've mounted your object on the slides and put a cover slip over it simply place it under the microscope in the little holder then fiddle with the LED illuminator and the focus wheel. The images are really crystal clear (as long as the lens is free from dust) and the definition is excellent, I couldn't have asked for a clearer image at all.
So what else do you need to know? Well the box also contained some slides, cover slips and a lens cloth to keep the lens clean so there's really no need to buy anything extra to use with this microscope. As long as you wash or wipe the slides and cover slips after use there's no reason why they wouldn't last for an extremely long time. The other feature that I really like is that you can take the microscope out of its stand and use it to look at pretty much anything, even things that won't fit in a slide. All in all it's been an excellent addition in our science cupboard.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope, it works well with children but judging from some of the reviews I've read online it's also a firm favourite with adults too. It's currently priced at £7.49 on Amazon which was the cheapest I could find it for online and I've not seen it in any high street stores. It's superb value for money and it really does do its job in an easy and straightforward manner. It also seems quite robust which is an absolute must when it's being handled by children day in day out! A full five stars from me!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A cheap and easy to use microscope that produces excellent images.
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