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Subject: Microscope Help
Date Posted: 9/1/2008 3:24 PM ET
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I hope you guys don't mind me asking this here, since it is not book related....but we are going to be getting a microscope and I have no idea where to begin.  We do belong to a Charter and they did give me a recommendation, but I have no idea *why*, since my oldest is 12 and this is going to be a pretty new venture for us.

This is the one suggested and the comment that came with it:  This is a good model: http://www.enasco.com/product/SB31367M  I suggest they find one with course and fine adjustment and three objectives

One thing I wondered was, why monocular and not binocular?  I can't tell you why, even, but that leaped out at me right off.  (as you can tell, I have almost zero microscope experience myself, so I'll be learning as much as the kids!)

Thanks for any info and/or suggestions! :-)

Beth

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 8:42 PM ET
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My sons used the microscope recommended by Dr. Wile's Apologia science courses.  It is a pleasure to use a piece of equipment that works how it should, rather like using a 6 quart Kitchen Aid mixer instead of making do with a 3 quart no-name brand.  It was worth the investment.  Even though they are past HS biology, they still use it for fun.  And the best ones are monocular, so don't worry about that aspect.  The highest end ones may look binocular but are actually dual monocular (stereo microscopes).  Here is the link from Apologia:  https://apologia.securesites.net/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=26_29&products_id=44

 

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:58 PM ET
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Ohhh, Thank you Adrianne!  I appreciate the suggestion and info. very much.  I told my husband that I'd like to do a little research and make this investment one time, I hope!, rather than buying the wrong thing just because it's cheaper and then having to begin again anyway.  That's a great analogy, too.  ;-)  

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 9:26 AM ET
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We bought a digital microscope that hooks up to our computer and we LOVE it. It was over $100 but it is well worth it. Have had the cheap models and they just  don't work.  You can also look at it without the computer too. I can't remember where we bought it but it was online. I can give you the specific name and all that if you would like. We are actually using it again today. It is a tool well worth investing in. Hope I helped a little  bit,

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 12:46 PM ET
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There is a wonderful site that explains the different parts of the microscope. Their prices beat most other places too.

http://www.greatscopes.com/microscope.htm

I found this the day after I ordered the Apologia one from CBD.

At least now I know what the description was telling me...

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 11:50 PM ET
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Thank you, Ladies, for the additional info! :-)  I'm headed off right now to do a little reseach.  It won't seem quite so daunting now. lol.

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 2:17 PM ET
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Some supply house sold me the entire Bible on a microscope slide.  Wild.  The fun looking up scripture with a microscope is worth the $3.  Keep your eyes open for one for your family.

Date Posted: 9/3/2008 3:21 PM ET
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Where did you ever find such a neat thing?

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 4:16 AM ET
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I think Great Scopes has the Bible on the slide. I know I saw it last week when I was researching microscopes. http://www.greatscopes.com/microscope.htm

If it is not there, try Nature's Workshop and CBD...