***** (5.0 out of 5 stars) May 10, 2011 Best Bang for your money By T. Turner (Wisconsin) This review is from: 40X-2000X Biological Compound Microscope with Mechanical Stage Model B100B-MS
As a home-schooling mom of 6 I can't say enough about this scope. We have struggled with several under $100 microscopes and I wish we would have started with this one. It is simple enough for our 4 year old to use and advanced enough for our son in college. The mechanical stage is a definite plus making it easy to find all sorts of creatures and to give coordinates for science assignments. This is better than the scope I used in college and we have had a great time with it. I would recommend purchasing slides, a good how to guide etc because you will quickly become addicted. Nothing beats the right tool to get the job done and all of a sudden, science is the favorite class. We have studied parameciums to stem cuttings. The only thing I can think of that makes this less than perfect is that I need a case. The desciption neglects to tell you what is included - 2 light filters, a lighting iris diaphragm to control light levels, dust cover - in short it was more than I expected. Crystal clear images and with some maneuvering we can get a 3d image. The price can't be beat (especially with free shipping)- I HIGHLY recommend this scope and can't imagine a kid not mesmerized examining his own blood,cheek cells, dust mites, algae, pond creatures, pollen, bees' legs, flies' wings etc, etc
***** (5.0 out of 5 stars) April 3, 2011 By JayC This review is from: 3.5X-90X Stereo Zoom Microscope on Boom Stand + 144 LED + 5MP Camera Model SM-4TZ-144-5MT
I have been using this type of microscopes for about 20 years from all different manufacturers. At work, I use Scienscope and Luxo. When I decided to buy one for myself, I found Amscope. I was a little apprehensive about buying one from a vendor that I have not heard of but I decided to try one since their prices were much lower.
I am happy to report that the microscope itself is excellent. I can not really tell the difference in optical quality from ones that cost 2x or 3x. The build quality is also excellent althought the Luxo that I use at work moves more smoothly and feels definitely more expensive.
The LED ring light that came with the system is also excellent. The assembly instruction is poor but I didn't need it since I basically knew how to put it together. It took less than 10 minutes to assemble it.
So overall, I would have no hesitation buying or recommending Amscope microscopes.
I just got my AmScope last week, and sure beats my intel 200X toy microscope ! :-) My objective is to get an idea of bacteria and fungus counts in my organic tea for my plants. I'd rate this as a definitely lab capable scope.