Introduction to the Microscope

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ErinMG wrote on Tue, 08/12/2014 - 01:11:

Are you able to offer the Brock Magiscope at a discount, yet? Also, I am wondering where you got your magnifying glass. I've been researching them, and it seems so many on Amazon are low quality. Thanks!

flaglerscience wrote on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:23:

i like his videos because i am about to take the fcat and his videos are very helpful THANK U FOR MAKING THESES VIDEOS

budgysmom wrote on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 20:02:

Why do some microscopes have two different eyepieces, like your desk top one. What I mean is that you have one perpendicular to the stage, and one that's at an angle. Is there a specific reason?

rkrampf wrote on Thu, 01/09/2014 - 02:26:

The extra eyepiece at the top allows a second person to see what you are looking at. This is great if you are teaching. It also lets you attach a camera at the top, taking photos while you are looking through the microscope.

KeswickCooperative wrote on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 08:27:

This was our little school's first day using your videos to guide our study into cell biology. The students are already eager for more! We'll be back :)

also-Thank you for sharing your bloopers- it's so fun- and important to witness the editing process and how it helps produce a final product for sharing.

rkrampf wrote on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 02:19:

You are very welcome. I like the bloopers because they show that scientists make mistakes just like anyone else, and because I like giving people that little laugh at the end.

wekaterrapin wrote on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 22:30:


I have a Nikon E400 that I use for my work, veterinary pathology. Do you know if the Brock Magiscope will works with its ocular and objective lens? I'm having trouble telling what brand of microscope you desktop scope is. Additionally, the Brock Magiscope website has no obvious information on this topic on their website. I thought I'd ask you before I emailed them.

Also have you tried setting up your Brock Magiscope as a dissecting scope, if needed mounting it above an alternative stage where there is room for more than slides and low profile objects? It looks like you can get enough clearance in the original set-up to possibly use it as a dissecting scope. Although it would be good to know that clear focus would still be possible. I was thinking it might be good for developmental biology experiments and other work that requires the use of instruments manipulating items in small dishes.

It is such a nifty little scope. I plan to purchase one for my children and use it myself.

Thanks -

rkrampf wrote on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 01:13:

The eyepieces for the Brock are 23mm, a common size for many microscopes. The objectives seem to be standard sizes to, as they will also fit my Amscope. The Brock does works well as a dissecting scope, except that it does not correct the image, so everything is upside down and backwards. The optional field mount lets you use it hand-held to focus on tree bark, rocks, etc.

wekaterrapin wrote on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 13:09:


Brock confirmed that the Nikon E series scopes have interchangeable eyepieces and objectives with their magiscope. Thanks for the image correction, or lack there of, information regarding use of it as a dissecting scope. I'm getting a Celestron Digital Microscope Imager to use with both scopes as well for teaching purposes. This is going to be fun! Thank you for your quick response.

- Sally

cassie wrote on Sat, 09/07/2013 - 11:03:

Hi there. My daughter and I have a Microscope and my daughter has a dead bug collection. Do you think it would work for those?

rkrampf wrote on Sat, 09/07/2013 - 15:56:

Definitely! I have a special dish for random, dead bugs, and they always wind up under the microscope.

jaholmesny wrote on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 08:34:

I have a microscope and slide kit in the closet from a couple of years ago that we just haven't played with yet. Thanks!

Jenna wrote on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 13:03:

where did you get your little microscope

rkrampf wrote on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 00:03:

It is a Brock Magiscope. I am talking with them in hopes of being able to offer their fine microscopes to you at a discount price. I hope to have a deal in place soon.

kinkota wrote on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 11:59:

Awesome can't wait for the next video!!!!!!