For students or professionals, this Celestron® handheld digital microscope that captures still images and videos is a terrific computer accessory. Plug the USB 2.0 cable into your computer's port and take advantage of the built-in, upgraded 2mp digital camera (Up to 5mp with interpolation.), 10X to 40X and 150X magnification, and LED illumination. The 4-oz, 4-1/4" x 1-1/4" dia scope may be handheld, or slipped into its metal stand for steadier viewing. CD-ROM software includes a measurement function. Minimum requirements UVC Plug & Play with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and MAC 10.4.9 and later, CD/DVD drive, open USB port. Very cool.
This 20-200X digital microscope from Celestron® has a built-in 5-megapixel digital camera that will take still photos and video of any scientist's discoveries. It's easy to use--perfect for looking at stamps, bugs, coins, rocks, circuit boards, plants and tons of other tiny things. Good for professionals but completely appropriate for curious kids, too. Has a manual trigger on the USB power cord, plus an 8-LED illuminator and a 6" adjustable stand on a 6-5/8" x 4-3/4" base. Comes with Celestron® Micro CapturePro software for Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and Mac OSX 10.6-10.7. USB 2.0.
Completely self-contained, this hand-held digital microscope has a 2.4" color LCD screen, captures still and video images and can be used as a regular, non-microscopic video camera when not in the lab. Our Optics Evaluation Boffin calls it an "amazing little device." Camera is 3 megapixels, up to 12 with interpolation, 3.7X and 54X optically, 4X digital zoom for 216X, 128MB internal memory, SD card slot (up to 8G), adjustable 0/3/6 LED illumination. Has adjustable exposure, resolution and color settings. USB 2.0 cable and carrying case included. You add (2) "AA" batteries. Model #44310 from Celestron®.
You'll love this 3-draw, brass, 25x30 spyglass-style spotting scope from Celestron®. Extends to 13" and contracts to 5-3/8" with an adjustable focus at the eyepiece. Comes with a sewn-on leatheresque cover (very piratical), a polishing cloth and a much-better-than-average wooden case.
Don't go in the woods in the 21st century without an electronic forest ranger. The Celestron® TrekGuide" digital compass shows bearings in degrees due north and (16) cardinal points, and includes a digital barometer, altimeter, temp in F & C, bubble level, time, date and alarm on a backlit screen, plus instructions on calibrating the compass and altimeter. And at 2.1" x 4.1" x .6" it easily fits in your hand or pocket. We'll pick one in a yellow, orange or black case, with both wrist and neck straps
This green, rubber-coated 4X binocular from Celestron® is kid-sized but otherwise very high quality with coated lenses, an 18" neck cord, belt-mount carrying pouch and lens cloth. Has 30mm objective lens diameter and a 4.3 degree X 225-foot field of view at 1,000 yards.
Choose either the 25- or 100-slide selection of 3" x 1" prepared microscope slides from Celestron®, both in sturdy hinged wooden cases. The selections include a wide range of bacteria; plant, animal and human tissue; insect or reptilian specimens; and a list of each of the slides.
Paul, the guy with vision around here, calls these the binocs to get if you're stepping up your binocular game. From Celestron®, they're Nature DX Series 8 x 42 and lightweight at about 22 oz with BaK-4 prisms, fully multi-coated optics, twist-up eyecups, 7.4 degree angular field of view (FOV), 6.5 ft near focus, linear FOV of 388 feet at 1000 yards, 17.5mm eye relief, 5.2mm exit pupil for brighter images and phase-coated optics. They're completely waterproof and nitrogen-purged to prevent fogging and are "perfect for birding" per Paul. Measure an easy-to-handle 5.3" x 4.9" x 2" and come with a case, neckstrap and chamois.
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