Thank you Dr UAE. i had never heard of this until your thread.
your thread here
I am pretty happy with it. it does not function like i thought it would from watching the videos but that is more about me being stupid and not the
pretty easy to put together. probably would have been a lot harder if not following the video.
i got the kit on amazon for $30
comes with a lot of stuff. of course all the parts to put together the scope. an extra lens and coupler so you can view through a phone.
blank slides. slides with samples already on them. one of mine is a fern.
real nice case for it. all kinds of little stuff to help you collect and prepare slides. tweezers. bags. etc
you definitely have to be outside to use it. ambient light from in the house does not work.
what i dont like about it is you have to kind of smash it up against your eye. i mean you have to be right up on it pressing it to your face.
from sliding the parts around trying to focus the paper frame of it is already getting creased a little.
my daughter and i were able to see just fine though the fern sample and the sample i prepared.
in a little while we are going to go try to find some moss so we can try to capture a look at a tardigrade.
i would much rather pay say $100 and have it be made of something else so it would be more sturdy. printed plastic or something.
i dont see any reason why it wouldnt be. once it is all folded you do not need to unfold anything to remove slides or to change the lens.
would be real nice to have it be a bit more rigid.
i have not done this yet but you can stick a magnetic coupler over the camera lens of your phone and then attach the scope right to it so you can see
the image on the screen and not smash it up to your face and also take a picture of what you are looking at.
that is probably the way to go. i just need to take my phone out of the case to try this.
probably will if we find a tardigrade.
if you have young kids i would recommend this just to see if it sparks their interest.
for 30 bucks what the hell? its worth it for sure even if it does not last a long time.