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    I am thinking of getting my 6-year-old daughter a microscope for christmas.

    I have a few candidates picked out:

    Boreal Cordless Student Compound Microscope with LED Illuminator and Moveable Stage

    400x Illuminated Basic Student Microscope & Cordless, LED Model

    Brock and Shinco Microscopes

    The Brock "Magiscope", in particular, looks very rugged. I am concerned, however, that the simplicity and ruggedness comes at the cost of image quality and ease of focusing.

    What are your suggestions?
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    Hmmm.... they all, at first glance, look like fine beginner products. This may sound fatalistic, but children tend to break or lose things, having less than adult maturity. So I would go with whatever is the cheapest, and if she shows real interest in scientific things when she gets older, then I would get her something of much better quality.

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    when i was little, there was a kit you can buy that was a microscope and came with like 10 slides of things like bee leg, pieces of a flower and just wierd things that would be a sight under the microscope. look for somthing like that. she would enjoy t [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    Yeah, that comjures up memories of those pre-suppled slides. Since I had fishtanks, I also looked at algae. Pretty neat to see paramecia and amoeba. At the risk of sounding gross, looking at a droplet of blood and seeing how yellow it was, was interesting. Try putting a sundew or butterwort leaf on the slide and see what the dew and mucilageonous substance looks like.

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    Here's another possibility:

    http://www.microscope-depot.com/seriesM.asp
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    That sounds good (reads well), too.

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    Mmmm, this is a good reminder; we have a microscope that you can plug in to the computer (we bought it a while because because it was a really good deal.) While it's nothing too exceptional, it can do alright. Hopefully I'll get off my lazy bum and hook it up some time. Could get some nice CP shots with that thing!
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    ...And then it hit me... why not seek the advice of another teenager - like Est! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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