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What to get for a microscope?

Bob xyzbbruner at uclink4.berkeley.edu
Sun Jun 8 10:49:44 EST 2003


On Sat, 07 Jun 2003 04:30:59 GMT, "Harry"
<harryliuusaNOSPAM at yahoo.com> wrote:

>Hi,
>
>My youngest son is asking for a microscope to play with and we went to Zanny
>Branny (a toy type store) to look for one.  They are exactly like toy.
>I have three kids--oldest one is going to High school taking Biology next
>semester. Second one maybe will soon find it (microsope) useful.
>What should I get at what quality and approximate $ in US?
>
>Though I am a science major guy, I am always frustrated with my very limited
>knowledge toward biology.  My six years old son finally lighted up the hope
>of heading to bioscience field.  I am excited and I don't want to buy him a
>junk.
>
>I found the traditional one is about the same design as 30 years ago.  There
>is one with an USB port to see the image on computer screen.  Should I
>consider to get him an traditional optical microscope or the new USB design?
>
>Thank you for any input.
>
>


In addition to the other advice, you might also look at the Edmund
Scientific catalog (presumably it is also online). They provide lots
of info about a wide range of microscopes, all in one place, and they
are "a good company". 

bob



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