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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....Very happy to have it....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 LensMag for iPhone 5/5s/SE from Carson consists of one 10x and one 15x magnetic magnifier that act as macro lenses for your smartphone. Simply remove the case from your iPhone and place the desired magnifier over the camera. Benefit from extreme close-up shots without the image degradation you get when using digital zoom. A protective case for storing both magnifiers is supplied. The LensMag is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.
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"very cool...Good lents...Handy for the price, and compact for travel...I do not have a steady hand, so trying to work with a magnifying lens is generally frustrating as a detail slips in and out of view."

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  • 10x and 15x Magnification
  • Magnetic
  • Includes Protective Storage Case

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The Carson HookUpz LensMag ML-415 Magnet Magnifiers for Samsung Galaxy S4 includes a 10x and 15x magnetic magnifier for a Samsung Galaxy S4. The magnifiers are designed to be attached to your smartphone without a case, and they allow you to achieve much higher detail when capturing photos or videos with the built-in camera.
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  • 10x and 15x Magnifier
  • Magnetic Attachment

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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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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 ....You can't beat the 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...Just perfect 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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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...It's a perfect, small, inexpensive, high quality microscope....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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Fit a ProScope Micro Mobile Base properly to your smart device with the matte black Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile Sleeve for iPad 3/4. This lightweight and durable ABS adapter allows you to capture photos and videos of your projects using your tablet. It combines a snug physical attachment with a precise optical alignment to enable your iPad 3/4 with a powerful and effective digital microscope capability.
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  • For iPad 3/4
  • Clips to ProScope Micro Mobile
  • Snug Fit & Precise Optical Alignment
  • Lightweight & Durable ABS Plastic
  • Neoprene Pad Prevents Slips/Scratches
  • Rubber Feet Serve as Stand

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Fit a ProScope Micro Mobile Base properly to your smart device with the matte black Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile Sleeve for iPad Mini 1/2/3. This lightweight and durable ABS adapter allows you to capture photos and videos of your projects using your tablet. It combines a snug physical attachment with a precise optical alignment to enable your iPad Mini 1/2/3 with a powerful and effective digital microscope capability.
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  • For iPad Mini 1/2/3
  • Clips to ProScope Micro Mobile
  • Snug Fit & Precise Optical Alignment
  • Lightweight & Durable ABS Plastic
  • Neoprene Pad Prevents Slips/Scratches
  • Rubber Feet Serve as Stand

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Fit a ProScope Micro Mobile Base properly to your smart device with the matte black Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile Sleeve for iPhone 4/4S. This lightweight and durable ABS adapter allows you to capture photos and videos of your projects using your smartphone. It combines a snug physical attachment with a precise optical alignment to enable your iPhone 4/4S with a powerful and effective digital microscope capability.
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  • For iPhone 4/4S
  • Clips to ProScope Micro Mobile
  • Snug Fit & Precise Optical Alignment
  • Lightweight & Durable ABS Plastic
  • Neoprene Pad Prevents Slips/Scratches

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Fit a ProScope Micro Mobile Base properly to your smart device with the matte black Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile Sleeve for iPhone 5/5S/SE. This lightweight and durable ABS adapter allows you to capture photos and videos of your projects using your smartphone. It combines a snug physical attachment with a precise optical alignment to enable your iPhone 5/5S/SE with a powerful and effective digital microscope capability.
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  • For iPhone 5/5S/SE
  • Clips to ProScope Micro Mobile
  • Snug Fit & Precise Optical Alignment
  • Lightweight & Durable ABS Plastic
  • Neoprene Pad Prevents Slips/Scratches

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Fit a ProScope Micro Mobile Base properly to your smart device with the matte black Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile Sleeve for iPad Air 2/iPad Pro 9.7". This lightweight and durable ABS adapter allows you to capture photos and videos of your projects using your tablet. It combines a snug physical attachment with a precise optical alignment to enable your iPad Air 2/iPad Pro 9.7" with a powerful and effective digital microscope capability.
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  • For iPad Air 2/iPad Pro 9.7"
  • Clips to ProScope Micro Mobile
  • Snug Fit & Precise Optical Alignment
  • Lightweight & Durable ABS Plastic
  • Neoprene Pad Prevents Slips/Scratches
  • Rubber Feet Serve as Stand

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Fit a ProScope Micro Mobile Base properly to your smart device with the matte black Bodelin ProScope Micro Mobile Sleeve for iPhone 7/8. This lightweight and durable ABS adapter allows you to capture photos and videos of your projects using your smartphone. It combines a snug physical attachment with a precise optical alignment to enable your iPhone 7/8 with a powerful and effective digital microscope capability.
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  • For iPhone 7/8
  • Clips to ProScope Micro Mobile
  • Snug Fit & Precise Optical Alignment
  • Lightweight & Durable ABS Plastic
  • Neoprene Pad Prevents Slips/Scratches

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