A digital microscope is a key nature exploration tool. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get one at some point, especially if you are homeschooling your kids. We use ours on an almost daily basis.
There are a range of prices when it comes to digital microscopes – and I’ve tried a few of them.
The one I’ve got linked in this post has a stand and a screen, and it’s on the low end pricing-wise for this kind of microscope with a screen – but it’s convenient. I don’t need to try to pair it with my mobile phone or connect it to my computer (although I could if I wanted to). It has a battery so it needs to be charged, or plugged in, but I can essentially just grab it and use it anywhere in the house or yard. I don’t take this one with me on adventure because it’s a bit awkward to pack.
The video resolution is 1920×1080 and 30fps so it’s sufficient for everyday viewing. But with 30fps, you won’t be able to slow down the video in case you want to create slow motion videos of what you’re recording. For that you’ll need at least 60fps.
Additionally, although it is advertised as a 1200x magnification, I really do not believe it gets that high. 400x is generally accepted as the minimum needed to study cells and cell structure. With this microscope, I cannot see cells clearly. The image also gets pixelated at higher magnifications.
All this being said, it’s still my go to microscope to explore the micro world because of it’s convenience.
There’s a lot to explore right where we are, in our own neighborhoods and backyards! Join us while we get off the couch and explore the everyday wonders of nature, science, space, engineering, art, and anything else we stumble upon during on our adventures.