Our Microscopes

Several years ago, we were given a microscope by the lady who taught my kids to swim.  She knew we were homeschoolers and offered it to us.  The next week we went back to swim lessons telling her how wonderful it was, and then she presented us with another microscope!  They have been wonderful additions to our our homeschooling supplies. 

For the last two years I have loaned one or two to our co-op.  This year, I will get to use these in our Biology class.

The two microscopes I have are made by Parco.  They no longer make this model, but they do have replacement parts if I need them.  So far, everything has worked well.


Here is the side view.   There are three objectives.

side view

For cleaning the microscopes, I use lens cleaning kit.  It comes with dry lens paper, lens cloth, lens cleaner, Q-tips, and a brush.  The brush is used for dusting the equipment.  The brush part can come off, so that you can squeeze air into small areas to remove dust.

cleaning supplies

The Q-tips are used to clean small lenses.  Just apply a drop of cleaner on one end, gently clean the lenses, then dry the lenses with the other end of the Q-tip.   Do the same with larger lenses or glass areas, with the cleaning cloth.  You should never touch the lenses with your fingers.

cleaning lens

When not in use, always cover your microscopes with a cover.  I’d like to have a heavy dute case, but it isn’t in the budget right now.


Always keep your slides in order and in a case.  This will keep them from getting dirty or broken.


 Below is a picture of the microscope I borrowed from the co-op.  It has a camera and it will project onto the computer.  So cool!

camera microscope

Sorry, not a very exciting post.  I will be showing my students how to handle and clean the microscope on their first day at co-op.


11 responses to “Our Microscopes

  1. Sounds good to me. We love our microscope.

  2. Having access to a microscope that projects pictures to your computer is extremely exciting to me. I have never had a microscope that worked right. My daughter had a good microscope for Biology at her co-op but we didn’t have the cool picture projecting kind. Wow!

    • The camera/microscope is new. We got it at the end of last year. 🙂 The colors are off on the computer, but it is nice to be able to show the students what to look for.

  3. I bought a $10 hard platic “Standley” toolbox at Lowe’s and a $9 eggcrate mattress from Walmart. I cut a large pice to wrap the microscope in and a few smaller pieces for extra support around the body tube and objectives. It works great! There is plenty of eggcrate to share and split the cost!
    Love your site!

  4. I am looking for a microscope that will project pictures to the laptop. Do you have any recommendations?

  5. I would also like the microscope recommendation. Could you also email me the password for the quizzes. Thanks so much!

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