What is a fair price for a microscope for beginners?

 

 

Recently, I told you about how my family and I managed to get a new microscope for our young son, Ethan. These things can cost a pretty penny, I’ll tell you. I decided to write something about the whole decision-making process because it was rather difficult for us to make up our mind on a particular unit specifically because so many of the ones we kept coming across were extremely expensive.

Of course, what expensive means depends on your own budget, but all I can say is that we weren’t prepared to make a super-serious investment just yet. I found a great website where several models of microscopes had been detailed and reviewed and with the help of this resource, I came across the AmScope M158C-E.

Initially, when we decided to buy it, it cost about one hundred and twenty bucks, which was a bit too much. Fortunately, we were patient enough to wait a little longer and check out some of the prices at online retail websites. Soon enough, we found it on Amazon for almost a hundred dollars, which is an incredible price point if you ask me.

In my opinion and my wife’s as well, we practically had no other chance of getting a good-quality microscope with an integrated camera and a connectivity feature to our computer or laptop. We don’t know that much detail about optics, in general, but we are aware of how to use a microscope and a telescope. For us, this product was an upgrade from a very basic unit that was intended for the use of children.

If you’re resolute on spending as little money as possible, perhaps you ought to consider a toy instead of a real microscope. AmScope has another model destined for kids, and I’ve seen that it costs about eighty-five dollars. Again, this is a terrific price, but you won’t get the same functionalities as the ones of the M158C-E, in that the AmScope Student can’t be connected to a camera. Nonetheless, it might do wonders for an enthusiastic beginner because it comes with a generous kit composed of blank slides, as well as a book titled The World of The Microscope.

The best way to choose a microscope that works great and does what you expect it to do is to take some time and do a bit of research. Find out what other buyers just like you are saying in terms of pricing and whether or not they consider it too high. If you have several hours available on the weekend, be sure to check out the rating system made available by some websites. Why not go on Reddit or any other forum and ask some other microscope rookies just like you?

What’s the best microscope for kids (according to my family)

 

 

Now that Ethan, my little boy, has learned the basics of using a microscope, I thought about writing a post about how we managed to get a good model for our kid. My wife and I went through a lot of trouble to discover the right unit for the knowledge levels of my son, in that we’re only looking at the picture with the viewpoint of adults who have used such a device before. That’s what made it so hard for us to find the perfect model, at least in the beginning.

The older one we had up until recently was a My First Lab Duo-Scope that didn’t need too much work on the part of Ethan. He quickly learned how to use it, and its sturdy construction was a bonus as kids tend to be rather clumsy now and then. What I like the most about this microscope is that it’s not a toy, which is why you can actually use it to look at coins, leaves, orange cells, skin cells, and so on. The fact that it comes with a 50-piece accessory kit is another advantage that sets it aside from the rest of the competition.

Since his skills were progressing at a fast pace, we soon realized that we would have to replace the microscope sooner than later. What we did was sell it on a used items website to another family just like us. It was a high-quality microscope that can do wonders for kids aged 5 to 7, in my opinion, and even for older children if they have no prior experience with ‘playing’ with optics.

The next model we chose was an AmScope M158C-E. I had been reading about this company for some time, and I was impressed that there was a business that manufactured microscopes in the United States of America. I decided to give this model a go because you have the ability to connect it to a computer. Nothing beats seeing the pictures on a larger screen, especially if my son and I can print screen them. What can I say about it? It’s great, although it’s clearly at a higher level than the model I was mentioning at the beginning of the post. It also makes an excellent option for people who teach biology and other fields, I guess, but I wouldn’t know about that other than the fact that it’s been a great help both to my wife and me. Of course, what we like the most is the option to hook it up to a laptop or computer, depending on what we have at our disposal. As you can see, we’re pretty excited about this microscope, and I’m already thinking if we’re not way more excited than Ethan.