The 8 Best Student Microscopes

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in September of 2016. With STEM fields offering some of the best jobs, it makes sense to encourage scientifically-minded kids with one of these student microscopes. We've included models designed specifically to spark children's interest in the sciences, as well as selections suitable for high schoolers and undergraduates, ranked here by their magnification power, durability, and optical quality. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best student microscope on Amazon.

8. AmScope KT2 Beginner Kit

7. National Geographic Dual LED

6. My First Lab Duo-Scope MFL-06

5. Omano Scientific JuniorScope

4. Swift Compound Monocular SW200DL

3. Vision Scientific LED

2. AmScope M150C

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1. Omax Binocular Compound

Editor's Notes

August 09, 2020:

While there weren't a ton of new options in this category, we did add two really interesting choices in the Omax Binocular Compound and the Swift Compound Monocular SW200DL. They each represent different ends of the quality spectrum, with the admittedly more expensive Omax offering an outstanding build quality and professional grade features like interpupillary adjustments and finely ground optical glass. It makes a great choice for serious students, where the Swift model is better suited for youngsters who are serious about their interest in the science, but maybe not old enough for such an investment. It doesn't have interpupillary adjustments because it's a monocular head, and its stage is made of plastic, but it still has good focus controls and some features that make it a smart choice for students on the go, like battery power and an integrated carrying handle.

The National Geographic Dual LED fell several spots in our ranking mainly due to the fact that it lacks the magnifying power you'll see elsewhere. Still, it's one of the few models that lets a tremendous amount of ambient light fall on your subjects, making it a good fit for geology students checking out rock samples in bright sunlight.

March 06, 2019:

Availability issues caused us to remove the AW model model from this selection, as well as a particular Omano package. Fortunately, the scope from that Omano package continues to be available in a set with slightly fewer accessories, and we've included that here at number three. Elsewhere, a very popular option from National Geographic joined the ranks of our list, and is the only real choice for students working with samples in a deep pertri dish, as it offers in-stage LED and strong top-down lighting.


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Last updated on August 12, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

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