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We found the "Omax 40x-2000x Digital Binocular Biological Compound Microscope with Built-in 3.0MP USB Camera and Double Layer Mechanical Stage" to be among the best microscopes; it has a solid-feeling metal frame, takes beautiful images, has a built-in digital camera and was easy to use. It also is the most expensive microscope we tested (street price almost $400).

  • Price: ~$390
  • Ease of set-up: easy
  • Hardware Quality/Durability: Metal stand, feels durable and well-made
  • Number/magnification of each objective: air objectives - 4x, 10x, 40x / oil objectives - 60x
  • Quality of Image at Different Magnification Levels: Gives nice contrast, the color is mostly saturated, work well at 40X
  • Ease of image acquisition: Very simple; easy to connect to computer
  • Available modifications: N/a
  • Type of illumination/configuration of illumination: Bottom illumination with LED
  • Timelapse capability?: Yes
  • Types of samples possible to image: Slide-mounted samples
  • Ease of software use; OS compatibility: Mac and PC; extremely easy with Photobooth on Mac

Images made with the OMAX 40x-2000x Digitcal Binocular Microscope:

Onion cells imaged at 4x magnification.
Taste buds at high magnification
Diatoms imaged with 10x lens
Diatoms imaged with 40x lens
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