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James Mahaffy mahaffy at dordt.edu
Wed Sep 6 14:31:07 EST 1995

I use a hand held one by Swift. It seems to work quite well. I don't have
an oil objective, which you would probably need, but I think it would be
adequate. When I was looking, it seemed to be the only reasonable priced
(about $300 - 10 years ago) one around.  It even has phase objectives,
but I would avoid that.  

	Actually I would look to a large microscope dealer and see if you
can get an older student microscope with good objectives that came with
a wooden carrying case.  Many of these had nice mirrors at the bottom
and although they are a little heavier, but I uses some old Unitrons
like this on field trips and find them more useful often than the Swift.
Again, I don't use oil.  Do be sure to ask if there is any loss in the
lenses in a 20+ year old microscope. 

	Good luck. 

> A company named McArthur or MacArthur Microscopes in Cambridge England
> used to sell a small hand held microscope for work in the field.
> Does anyone know if this machine is still sold and if so what is
> the company address/phone)?
> Also,is the machine good for malaria diagnosis? And, about how much
> does it cost?
> I am trying to get this information to a missionary who needs to
> diagnose malaria in Haiti in primative conditions.
> If the scope is useful and someone wants to sell/donate a used but
> still good one, I would be interested in that information. 
> Dr. P. Jackson / PJ8V at NIH.GOV/ FAX 301-402-2638 / Phone 301-496-8426

James F. Mahaffy                   e-mail: mahaffy at dordt.edu
Biology Department                 phone: 712 722-6279
Dordt College                      FAX 712 722-1198
Sioux Center, Iowa 51250

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