What is it? This is a precision optical instrument made of the highest-quality materials to ensure durability and long life. It is designed to provide a lifetime of use with minimal maintenance.
How does it work? The instrument does not use an eyepiece like that of a traditional microscope. Instead, users view specimens or objects on the LCD screen, making them easy to see and share with others. Teachers and students can also take snapshots or short videos with the built-in digital camera.
How hard is it to use? Considering its level of precision, this digital microscope is incredibly easy to use. All of the primary functions are controlled just as they would be on a traditional microscope. Added features such as video and still-image capture are equally simple—users merely press the appropriate button.
How well does it work? The microscope provides high powers from 40x to 400x. It can also achieve a zoom of up to 1600x with the digital zoom feature engaged. The images are sharp, making specimen study easier. The addition of the LCD screen provides relief from hunching over a small eyepiece. The screen is also brilliant for the classroom setting, allowing several pairs of eyes to see the specimen at a time.
How do I use it in the classroom? While pricey (interested schools must contact a rep for pricing) this microscope is a must-have for any science classroom.
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