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Swift® M3-B Binocular Micro/Macro/Field Microscope

Item # 595526 Online Only
Swift® M3-B Binocular Micro/Macro/Field Microscope is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
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Grade 8–College. If you can afford only 1 microscope for classroom and field use, choose it from the Swift® M3 Series, available in monocular and binocular versions. This is the M3-B version that features a binocular head. Examine a specimen's gross anatomy using the microscope's macro configuration, then zoom in to the cellular level using the micro configuration.

Price

$595.00

In stock and available to ship.

Great versatility—view micro or macro specimens in the classroom or in the field

Grade 8–College. If you can afford only 1 microscope for classroom and field use, choose it from the Swift® M3 Series, available in monocular and binocular versions. This is the M3-B version that features a binocular head. Examine a specimen's gross anatomy using the microscope's macro configuration, then zoom in to the cellular level using the micro configuration.

Versatility
  • View micro or macro specimens in the lab or in the field
  • Useful for a wide variety of field activities, from gross dissection to cell identification
  • Wide magnification range of 10x, 40x, 100x, and 400x
Unique design
  • Sturdy detachable tripod legs fold for easy storage
  • Includes stage plate for viewing micro specimens and black/white contrast plate and clear collection container for viewing macro specimens
LED illumination
  • Cool, energy-efficient white light top and bottom
  • Extra-bright bulbs last up to 50,000 hr
  • Rechargeable—up to 50 hr of use on a single 8-hr charge
Quality
  • Quality manufacturing and all-metal internal parts ensure durability and minimal downtime
  • Swift® limited 3-year warranty

  • This item is only available at Carolina.com.
 
Item# 595526
Diaphragm Iris diaphragm
Eyepieces (2) 10x
Focus Coaxial coarse- and fine-focus control
Head Type Siedentopf-design binocular head
Illumination LED with variable intensity control
Light Source Top and bottom LED lights
Objective Lens 2x macro 4x, 10x, 40x micro
Power Supply Cordless rechargeable or AC operation
Size 15” H x 6” W x 8” D
Stage Floating stage with clips for micro, floating black/white contrast plate for macro
Warranty Swift® limited 3-year warranty
Weight 12 lb
Components Qty Included?
Swift® M3-B Binocular Micro/Macro/Field Microscope 1 Included
Black-and-White Stage Plate 1 Included
Charger/AC Adapter 1 Included
Dust Cover 1 Included
Foam Case 1 Included
Specimen Cup 1 Included
Instruction Manual 1 Included
Rated 3 out of 5 by from One year later with this microscope... I wrote an earlier review and this is a follow up to that. I have since taken this microscope out into the field and have attempted to adapt this microscope a little to better meet my needs. I am mostly interested in examining fungal spores and cells in the field for scientific research. This microscope is not well adapted to this work. If you are examining larger invertebrates or other organisms then the 40x objective is probably good enough for you. It is inadequate for anything smaller and I have been unable to adapt a 100x objective to this. Also, not having mechanical stage calipers is a major drawback. Moving slides around by hand at 40x is a frustrating exercise. I finally got cheap calipers and had a machinist friend install them on the stage which is a welcomed adaption. Also, I have a Motic digital camera which I can attach to the left eyepiece. This is ok but a trinocular head would be best. Again, if you are interested in doing intensive microscopy in the field this scope is not well designed for that.
Date published: 2016-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good scope but with caveat. I am still getting used to working with this scope but so far the optics seem good and the construction excellent. The microscope is very stable. At the highest setting, the lighting is more than adequate for transmitted light and just okay for directional lighting of objects with the 1x macro objective. I fitted a Motic Moticam digital camera with the attachments that come with the camera to the left eyepiece and this seems to work nicely and it is easy to train yourself to look through the right eyepiece with your left eye if you wanted, or use your monitor to view your specimen. To rotate the objectives, you need to grasp their upper parts and turn. However this is solved nicely by having freely rotating collars. There is also a classy little indicator which gives you the total magnification for the objective in use. The problems with this scope make me consider sending it back before I take it out into the field. I knew that from the product description that it was 12 lbs and now I know that it is certainly that! This is probably mostly from the battery and the binocular head. There are some annoying design flaws. There is no mechanical stage; even an inexpensive plastic one, even if it were only x-axis would help. Having said that, at 400x (the maximum magnification) you can carefully move the prepared slide around on the stage by hand and this is okay. You have to unlock and move the stage up and down depending on whether you want to insert the microscopy stage with condenser or the black or white plastic plates for macro-viewing. This is a bit of a pain in actual use - more than what I originally considered before buying this. The condenser works nicely though. Packaging is another problem. Although it is packaged well for shipping in a molded 2-part Styrofoam form, the designers of the product could have oriented the parts (like the rotating head) in such a way (that the eyepieces faced the handle) that the foam packaging could be smaller - then the packaging and the box could be re-purposed well as a less bulky carrying case for traveling and field use. I noted that if they had simply turned the turret in the opposite direction in which it is currently packed, then 2 inches could have been saved on the long side of the box. The specimen cup for looking at organisms in water or something is useless for my purposes. I think it probably would have been more helpful if the stage holder could accept a standard size petri 100 mm diam.
Date published: 2015-05-03
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