hand held microscopes

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mary
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hand held microscopes

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Post by mary » December 6th, 2018, 1:35 pm

while looking on Amazon this morning for some Christmas present inspiration (i have this same trouble every year :roll: )
i came across lots of hand held microscopes, all at what seemed to be very reasonable prices,in the region of £10/£15
and i was wondering if they would be suitable for use for looking at fungi spores etc,
has anyone tried these sort of microscopes out for fungi and are they any good ?

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Post by tapinela » December 6th, 2018, 6:43 pm

not sure what the newer ones are like ? but i tried one of then a long time ago, and it was next to useless for viewing spores with :(
i gave to the local school for the kids to use in the end :)

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Post by mal71 » December 7th, 2018, 11:08 am

i know someone who used one for inspecting flower parts. but with very limited success i believe ?

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Post by ashgale » December 8th, 2018, 12:33 pm

i had one some years ago, it was absolutely no good at all for inspecting fungi spores with, as the magnification was nowhere near good enough,
i think you need a microscope with a x 400 or even x 1000 magnification and oil immersion (A.F.A.I.K) those little usb hand held ones come nowhere close to that kind of specification :roll: so while cheap they would not be at all suitable in my view Mary.
i cant really advise you on any particular microscope myself, but a search on the web should provide you with lots more info if you are considering the purchase of one for yourself,

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