This pledge is suspended as we currently on long term loan a very similar model to the one proposed below
It's likely that this will reappear as a pledge for a much nicer model some time in the next year.
I think that microscopy is a basic requirement for microbiology lab work, much like soldering in electronics. . Pledge opened: 19/09/13
I've had quite a bit of luck using the OMAX researcher microscope that is linked below. The mechanical stage is really quite good, and very pleasant to sweep across a sample looking for interesting features.
I think the microscopy really brings to life the experiments, so I am keen to have one available in the lab.
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This seems to be a similar model to the OMAX and the AmScope, but is supplied by a UK company - The Apex Researcher Microscope by Apex Microscopes 4.9 out of 5 stars (24 customer reviews) with a 2 year guarantee.
£229.00 & this item Delivered FREE in the UK
The Apex Researcher is a laboratory microscope for the serious scientist and those that like to use good equipment. A very robust design with a binocular head with two pairs of widefield eyepieces, x10 and x20. There are four objectives giving a magnification range of x40 to x2000. The best in its class, it also comes with a FREE starters pack of slides and coverslips. The microscope has: - Two pairs of eyepieces x10 and x20 - x4, x10, x40, x100 RMS DIN standard objectives giving magnifications from x40 to x2000 - The objectives are parfocal - Mechanical stage with vernier scales - Separate coarse and fine focus controls - Abbe condenser with iris diaphragm - LED illumination (on models purchased from 01/06/2013 - Field lens for even illumination There are a number of extras available as well: - Photography adapter - Digital camera adapter - Measuring equipment
I've got one of the OMAX models which has a very similar spec to the Apex one above, but had to be shipped from the US.
- Example: [OMAX 40X-2000X Lab Binocular Biological Compound Microscope] or similar
There are similar spec microscopes, that are also well reviewed, such as this one from AmScope
- Example: http://www.microscopemaster.com/amscope-40x-2000x-biological-compound-microscope-with-mechanical-stage.html
The OMAX seems to get the best review;
The main issue for these microscopes is that they need to be shipped from the US at a cost of ~65GBP.
In addition, my one had been bumped, and had some superficial damage, so ideally a UK stockist of the above (charging US prices) would be 'moon on stick' good.
- 20x optical
- 4 objective lens including 100x
- 2000x max
Not a high-end professional one but one of the better budget microscopes
- £35 - tolland
- £25 - Czechton
Running total: £35
Approximate target: £194