Welcome to Kids microscope. Our aim is to provide you with information about all types of microscope for kids.
What is a kids microscope and how it differs from other microscopes? First of all, we must underscore that the word “kid” doesn’t mean this equipment is a primitive toy. In fact such microscope doesn’t have any principal differences from a biological microscope any laboratory uses. The only true difference is that this microscope is much easier to operate, and a child doesn’t experience any difficulties to manage this tool. Plus, a kids microscope is smaller than a laboratory one, so it suits well for home usage as well as for outdoors observations or school lessons.
Kids microscope has long history starting at XVIII century, when the first optical tools were first invented, the so called “fleeglasses”.
“Fleeglass” was a miniature children's microscope consisting of a cardboard tube, biconvex lens and a flat glass with an attached observation object. Such microscopes were quite popular.
Modern kids microscopes feature quality achromatic optics and decent magnification up to x1000 (the magnification is controlled by the revolving head with different objectives).
So you have decided to buy your kid his first kids microscope. At first you should learn the basic types of such devices. The simplest model is a direct biological microscope (with a single ocular) that is usually utilized at biology lessons in school. Using such tool, a young researcher can easily observe both transparent (with the light passing through an object on the object-plate) and opaque (with the reflected light) objects. The total magnification value of a microscope is equal to objective’s magnification value multiplied by ocular’s magnification value. A microscope with x400-600 magnification is more than enough for the first kids microscope.
A stereomicroscope is also an excellent choice of a kids microscope. A stereomicroscope or a binocular ones has two oculars placed on a certain angle to each other. Such construction provides a stereoscopic image. The magnification value of such microscope is relatively small, up to x100. However, such tool allows to observer almost any object. It doesn’t require powerful light and stresses both eyes equally (that is why stereomicroscopes are better for child’s eyes than monocular microscopes).
Other popular microscopes are pocket microscopes intended for outdoors research. You can take it with you almost anywhere to observe objects whenever you want.
Among options a kids microscope should have we could emphasize built-in highlighting which allows to send more light to an object and thus to see it in more details.
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