Thought of getting the first microscope for your child or for your lab is an exciting thing to do. What seems exciting can be an intricate task when you actually step out to buy one. There are a lot of specifications and considerations involved which are difficult to understand for a novice. The elementary range of microscopes is huge and it is difficult to choose the right device. So here we are jotting down some points that can help the first-time buyers to choose microscope device for first time users.

For elementary level, very high magnification is not required as elementary microscopes are primarily used for dissections and laboratory experiments. Having a magnification level of 40, 100 and 400X is more than sufficient for the beginners. This magnification level can magnify coins, stamp collections, insects, gems, rocks and many other things that might interest children. So, you don’t have to invest too much in this factor.


Buy a microscope that preferably has rotating eye piece. Rotating eyepiece gives the freedom to adjust the assembly as per convenience. Apart from this, it facilitates the viewing of objects that are out of sight. Being a buyer you must check that focus of the eyepiece remains the same while rotating it.

Focus controls should be smooth and swift. The operations of the device should be easy, without any complications of knobs and stage. The prime user of this device would be children or beginners in the case of adults. They should feel comfortable while operating, so as not to distract their attention from their analysis while controlling the device.

It would be good if the illumination of the microscope is LED or cool fluorescence light. As other lights tend to heat up the specimen and may result in inaccurate observations. Apart from this, LED has a long life and doesn’t bother the user for replacement. LED or cool fluorescence light consumes less power, so it is light on the pocket as well.

If possible, buy an elementary microscope that allows oil immersion. This feature may sound lesser important at this stage but very useful in later stages. Microbiology and advance biology requires the oil immersion of lens. To cut down upgradation cost or replacement of device at a later stage, invest something extra on your first device.

To avoid any accidents or restriction of the area, invest in a cordless microscope. Cordless microscopes are equipped with rechargeable batteries which completely eliminates the need for power sockets. So, your little scientist can move anywhere with his instrument anywhere.