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The Carson CP-11 X-Scope Pocket Optical Tool features a 30x microscope that can be used as an 8x telescope and has an integrated 9x fold-out magnifier, LED flashlight, signal whistle, directional compass, and a digital clock. The handy gadget can be used as a gift for children, for a walk in the woods, or just to keep in the car.
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"I recommend it....Very good product...For the price it's just fine....My girlfriend had some bugs for me to look at, first I got a little 5X magnifier with a light.Not strong enough.Then I tried a 60-100X hand held microscope."

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  • Pocket Optical Tool with 7 Functions
  • 8x / 9x / 30x Total Magnification
  • 30x Microscope Magnification
  • Integrated 8x Telescope
  • Integrated 9x Magnifier
  • LED Illuminator
  • Built-in Clock & Compass
  • Built-in Whistle
  • Built-in Flashlight

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The Carson MM-24 MicroBrite Portable Monocular Microscope is an extremely light, portable 20-40x magnification microscope.  Its built-in LED light provides bright, clean-colored illumination for viewing.  It is so small and light that it fits easily in your pocket to bring with you anywhere.  Images are rendered inverted, because it does not have any prisms in the optical path (this is common to high-magnification devices).  You can place it directly upon the surface of something to observe, or use the base stand for specimens upon slide mounts.
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"Great for kids...Great product ....Great learning toy and great price....I purchased this portable microscope to use in my home machine shop."

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  • 20-40x Zoom Magnification
  • Coarse Focusing
  • LED Illumination
  • Specimen Base Plate
  • Rubberized Eyecup

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Gear up with the portable Carson MM-200 MicroMax Plus Microscope. This device will readily fit into your pocket and muscle up to 60-75x of magnifying power. To deliver bright images anywhere, it also features built-in LED illumination. For ease of use and ergonomics, it provides dedicated zoom and coarse focus rings, a rubberized eyecup, and a built-in stand made of clear polymer.
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"Love it!!...very nice...Excellent Product for the price...My wife and I love going out rock and fossil collecting, and in the field, this little Pocket microscope is invaluable!"

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  • 60-75x Magnification
  • Built-In LED Illuminator
  • Compact, Pocket Design
  • Knurled Zoom & Coarse Focus Knobs
  • Rubberized Eyecup
  • 3x SG3 Batteries Included

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The MicroPen LED Illuminated Microscope Pen from Carson Optical is a 24-53x magnifier housed in a pocket-sized "pen" housing. A built-in LED illuminator and rubber eyepiece add viewing comfort that complements the MicroPen's unique functionality. Integrated zoom and focus dials deliver easy handling while maintaining the streamlined form. This convenient magnifier weighs less than an ounce and operates on G3 button cell batteries.
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"Wonderful tool...I would give it 5 stars if it was more stable, so it some how difficult to hold with your hand to focus on a little high objects"

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  • 24-53x Magnification
  • Built-In LED Illuminator
  • Rubber Eyecup

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This Carson MicroMini 20x Pocket Microscope can make a handy addition to any outdoor gear. With its longest dimension at under 2 inches, this magnifying tool can fit into the tiniest of pockets. Despite its size, it muscles up a 20x magnification power and packs three bright LEDs for illumination (two white light and one UV), each of which has a special function. For making close-range, table top observations, use the sliding switch on the side to activate a white LED that is located closest to the objective lens. This LED shines light on objects that are placed under the scope in a tabletop operation mode. For using this optic as a magnifier, push the same sliding switch to activate a long-range LED illuminator. This LED is located farther away from the objective lens and casts light at objects that are from a few inches to a few feet away from the microscope. The third LED, which can be turned on via a round pushbutton, shines ultraviolet light and can be used to authenticate oil paintings, antiques, and banknotes, or to study otherwise invisible objects or traces that exhibit fluorescence under UV light. This miniature microscope also has a knurled wheel for focusing on the side and a key chain.
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"Super useful....Great microscope....Great little microscope."

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  • 20x Magnification
  • Two White LEDs/One UV LED
  • Built-In Focusing Wheel
  • Ergonomic & Ultra-Compact
  • 3 x G12 Batteries Included
  • Key Chain Included

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The MM-300 MicroBrite Plus Pocket Microscope from Carson is a lightweight and portable pocket microscope that provides you with 60-120x magnification and has a manual focusing wheel. It features a bright and clear LED illumination, a rubberized contoured body with a thumb pad for a comfortable non-slip grip, and a rubberized eyepiece for comfortable viewing. The microscope can easily be carried in your pocket and you can bring it anywhere.
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"I love it....Good detail...wow the low low price and it works!...Small and compact to fit in the pocket, I brought this to see the bevel on my straight razor and it showed it up easily."

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  • Magnification: 60 - 120x
  • Manual Focusing
  • LED Illuminator
  • Rubberized Thumb Pad
  • Rubberized Eyepiece

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Enhance your professional or personal pursuits with the Carson MM-450 PocketMicro 20x-60x Pocket Microscope. The name speaks for itself—at 3.9" long, this microscope can fit in most pockets and be carried around all day without any inconvenience. It is lightweight and ergonomic and will help you zoom up on objects from 20x to 60x. For improved brightness and contrast, this handy gadget has a built-in LED illuminator, powered by a single (user-supplied) AA battery and activated by a pushbutton located next to the eyepiece. To make sure you get more sharpness, the zoom and focus functions are separated and offer dedicated control rings.
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  • 20x-60x Total Magnification
  • Built-In LED Illuminator
  • Independent Zoom & Focus Rings
  • Pocket Design: 3.9" Long
  • Powered by One AA Battery
  • Lightweight & Ergonomic

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The MicroMini Pocket Microscope from Carson helps your smartphone's camera achieve higher levels of magnification for extreme closeup shots. The MicroMini is powered by an LED light; is lightweight, portable, and compact; and includes a smartphone adapter clip.
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  • Designed for Smartphone Cameras
  • Achieve Higher Levels of Magnification
  • LED-Lighted Pocket Microscope
  • Lightweight, Portable, and Compact
  • Includes Smartphone Adapter Clip

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Teach young explorers microscopy using the LabZZ M1 Microscope Kit from Levenhuk. The kit offers a cordless, battery-operated microscope and an introductory 17-piece experiment set, containing prepared slides, accessories, and handling tools. The microscope closely resembles a real lab microscope in its construction and function and features three objectives on a rotating turret, a square stage with two clips, and a rotating illumination drum with a mirror on one side and an incandescent lamp on the other. The illumination requires two user-supplied batteries. The scope's 10x eyepiece and three objectives deliver a magnification range of 100-300x. For ergonomics and comfort, the back of the frame is arched so it can serve as a carry handle.
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  • Straight Monocular Viewing
  • 10x, 20x, 30x Objectives/10x Eyepiece
  • 100 - 300x Magnification Range
  • Coarse Focusing/Polymer Frame
  • Mirror & Incandescent Illumination
  • Square Stage with Two Specimen Clips
  • 17-Pc Experiment Set Included

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Compact and powerful, the KONUSCLIP 60-100x Pocket Microscope from Konus can be used either handheld or connected to virtually any smartphone. It employs both LED and UV light sources and features 60-100x zoom magnification power. It operates using three included AAA batteries.
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  • Compact & Powerful Pocket Microscope
  • For Smartphone or Handheld Use
  • 60-100x Zoom Magnification Power
  • LED Illumination
  • UV Light
  • Includes a Case
  • Includes 3 x AAA Batteries

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B&H # VITMK20 MFR # VIV-TELMIC-20

The TELMIC-20 Telescope / Microscope Kit from Vivitar comes with a 50mm refractor telescope and a three-objective compound microscope with an accessory kit. This kit's telescope includes a tripod as well as 20x, 30x, 40x eyepieces for terrestrial and celestial observations. In case you lose your way, the telescope's built-in compass can help point you in the right direction.

The compound microscope included with the kit is capable of 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification, making this entry-level instrument well-suited for viewing a wide range of specimens. A set of accessories included with the TELMIC-20 kit provides the microscope user with a range of specimen collecting and preparation tools, ideal for students, hobbyists, and aspiring young scientists.

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"great for the price....Its a great tool for kids...Enjoyable and Educational"

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  • Compound Monocular Microscope
  • 300x / 600x / 1200x Magnification
  • Bottom LED Illumination
  • Microscope Accessory Set
  • 50mm Refractor Telescope
  • 20x / 30x / 40x Magnification
  • Built-In Compass
  • Tripod

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B&H # VIVTELMIC30 MFR # VIV-TELMIC-30

The TELMIC-30 Telescope / Microscope Kit from Vivitar comes with a 50mm refractor telescope and a three-objective compound microscope with an accessory kit. This kit's telescope includes a tripod and storage case as well as interchangeable 60x and 120x eyepieces for terrestrial and celestial observations. The 3x finderscope attaches to the telescope and is useful for aligning the field of view with your subject of interest.

The compound microscope included with the kit is capable of mid to high magnifications, making this entry-level instrument well-suited for viewing a wide range of specimens. A set of accessories included with the TELMIC-30 kit provides the microscope user with a range of specimen collecting and preparation tools, ideal for students, hobbyists, and aspiring young scientists.

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  • High-Power Compound Monocular Microscope
  • Three-Objective Rotating Nosepiece
  • Bottom LED Illumination
  • Microscope Accessory Set
  • 50mm Refractor Telescope
  • 60x / 120x Magnification
  • 3x Finderscope
  • Mirror Diagonal
  • Aluminum Optical Tube Housing
  • Adjustable Tripod and Storage Case

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Introduce the wondrous world of microscopy to your youngsters using the 2S NG Microscope from Levenhuk. This microscope's an easy-to-use construction features a single achromatic 16x objective, an H12.5x eyepiece, an arched back (that can be used as a handle), a mirror illuminator, two coaxial coarse focusing knobs, and a wide 3.9 x 3.5" stage with two metal clips for holding slides. Especially noteworthy, is the achromatic glass of the objective lens, which possesses properties that minimize color distortions and contribute to better resolution, clarity, and contrast.
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  • Straight Monocular Viewing
  • 16x Achromat Objective
  • H12.5x Eyepiece
  • 200x Magnification
  • Coaxial Coarse Focusing
  • Bottom Mirror Illuminator
  • 3.9 x 3.5" Stage with Two Metal Clips
  • Polycarbonate Frame

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B&H # IO6805 MFR # 6805

The 84-Piece Microscope Kit from iOptron includes a range of accessories and a compound microscope designed to help introduce elementary school students to the microscopic world. This kit's user-friendly compound microscope has a vertical monocular eyepiece and three objective lenses that deliver 300x, 600x, 1200x magnification. Specimens are illuminated by a mirror that reflects ambient light through the stage, making this microscope a great option for outdoor use. Included accessories like blank slides, Petri dish, and vials help students gather and prepare specimens of their own. The microscope and all included accessories fit inside a molded hard shell carrying case.
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  • Vertical Compound Microscope
  • 300x/600x/1200x Magnification
  • Substage Mirror Illumination
  • 5 Sample Slides and 18 Blank Slides
  • Specimen Collection Tools
  • Metal Microscope Frame
  • Molded Hard Case with Carry Handle

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Explore the microworld with Avangard Optics' AN-WR250 iScope Wireless Handheld Digital Microscope. This compact and ergonomic handheld device can also be placed on the included metal stand with an articulating arm and be setup to point in any desired direction. Using a wireless link between the microscope and your PC, you, your kids, or your students can use this handy microscope for a wide variety of home, laboratory, or field observations, including capturing images of biological specimens, electronic devices, and precious materials and stones. Once charged and powered on, the built-in transmitter establishes a wireless link between the device and your PC through the included dongle, and allows you to stream all your data wirelessly. The optical system features a 0.3MP imaging sensor, an 8-LED illumination ring, 250x optical magnification, and a coarse focusing ring. The rubberized polycarbonate body is compact, lightweight and ergonomic. It features a transparent polymer bezel to protect the lens and the LEDs from dust and damage, and a two-button control pad on the side to power up and to capture images and videos. Also included in the package is a CD with software.
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  • 0.3MP Imaging Sensor
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless Operation
  • Live Views, Images, & Videos
  • 8-LED Illumination Ring
  • 250x Optical Magnification
  • Built-In 400mAh Rechargeable Battery
  • Ergonomic Rubberized Body/ Focus Ring
  • Metal Stand with Ball-Socket Arm
  • Requires Windows Vista, XP, & 7.0
  • 2.4 GHz Dongle/USB Cable/Software CD

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The black straight viewing MIC-20 Monocular Microscope from Vivitar is a toy microscope with some advanced features that can be useful for anyone. With magnification of 300x, 450x, or 600x, it enables observers to study fine samples or microscopic biological structures. The revolving front-facing nose-piece allows you to switch between the objectives of different magnifying power. The mechanical style stage has two position controls for moving specimens in the horizontal plane. If your samples aren't bright enough with natural lighting, the microscope provides a built-in illuminator that is powered by two AA batteries. The microscope also features one inclination adjustment point near the base and a lightweight frame with a handle, which allows it to be easily carried by anyone. Also included are eight slides, tweezers, two vials, and slide covers.
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  • Straight Monocular Viewing
  • 300x / 450x / 600x Magnification
  • Coarse Focusing
  • Built-In Illuminator
  • Mechanical Style Stage
  • X-Y Position Controls
  • Plastic Frame with Handle
  • Powered by Two AA Batteries
  • Tweezers/Slides/2x Vials/Slide Covers

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Help young explorers discover the world around them using the 900x 28-Piece Microscope Kit from Explore One. This comprehensive beginner's microscope kit includes a compound microscope, a carry case, and a multitude of accessories to get kids started on their learning path. The compact, lightweight, and ergonomic microscope features a straight viewing configuration with 5x, 20x, and 45x objectives and a 10x-20x zoom eyepiece that combine to produce up to a 900x magnification power. While the samples can be placed on a square stage with two holding clips and illuminated with the bottom LED/mirror illuminator, the young observers can switch objectives on the turning nosepiece to change to a magnification that best suits their needs. For convenience and ergonomics, the viewing angle can be changed by readjusting the angle of the scope's back. The square sample stage also features a filter wheel underneath for contrasting specimen slides with filters of different colors. This portable cordless microscope is powered by two user-supplied AA batteries and has an arched back that can be used as a carry handle. To offer a comprehensive learning experience, the kit also includes a carry case and multiple accessories to provide a well-rounded educational experience.
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  • Straight Monocular Viewing
  • 5x, 20x, 45x Objectives
  • 10x-20x Zoom Eyepiece
  • LED/Mirror Dual Bottom Illuminator
  • Coarse Focusing
  • Mechanical Style Stage
  • Powered by Two AA Batteries
  • Accessory Kit Included
  • Carry Case Included

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iOptron's Handheld Digital Microscope is equally well-suited for home, office, or a laboratory. With its 0.3MP, 1/6.5" CMOS imaging sensor (capable of capturing still images and videos) and an 8-LED illumination ring, you can capture bright and crisp high-resolution images and videos. Together with included software this tool offers you a control of such options as automatic or manual exposure and while balance. The compact and lightweight polymer microscope body offers an ergonomic grip with a focusing wheel, conveniently located by your thumb. To protect optics and illumination system it provides a clear polymer bezel, and to provide easy control of illumination it has a dimmer wheel switch on its USB cord.
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  • 0.3MP, 1/6.5" Color GC0308 CMOS Sensor
  • 640x480 Images/640x480 Videos @ 30 fps
  • IR Cut Spectral Range: 3.4 x 3.4μm
  • 10-200x Magnification/8-LED Illumination
  • Auto & Manual Exposure, White Balance
  • Coarse Focus Ring/Clear Protective Bezel
  • Attached USB 2.0 Port with Dimmer
  • Compatible with Windows & Mac OS

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