Update August 2019 – It seems that the Discovery Scope website and social media have not been active for the past couple of years. If you are unable to reach them for purchase, we wanted to make another recommendation for you. Technology has come a long way in the few short years since we wrote this review, and this Wireless Digital Microscope has 4 stars on Amazon. While it’s not likely to give you the best pictures in the world, it has a little camera and is compatible with your smartphone. Given that, we would likely purchase it over the Discovery Scope today if purchasing for children grades K-6 or so. The pictures I took in this review were taken with an iPad peering through the scope. Discovery Scope does not have a camera.
Ben and I have a had a great time with nature lately, thanks to this cool, new tool we recently received from Discovery Scope — a hand-held, wide field microscope.
It’s portable, durable, and just plain fun!
Our Basic Discovery Scope came packaged in a plastic box with everything we needed to look at flowers, leaves, rocks, insects, pond water, and many other small things found in our backyard and on our nature walks.
I’ts super simple to use, right out of the package. The object you wish to view is held in place in front of the lens with a holding system, which is then moved to bring the object into focus. Once it’s in focus, it’s fixed there unless you (or someone else) moves it. This feature makes the tool really handy for nature groups, co-op classes or just your family to pass it around so everyone can get a look-see.
The Discovery Scope magnifies objects 25x!
It also uses natural light, so if you aren’t seeing the object well enough, you can move to a sunnier spot or move around so that light catches the object from different angles.
We were in awe of the incredible views!
Even your youngest of nature explorers can use it.
It’s completely made of plastic, so it won’t rust or corrode. No need to worry about it breaking either. It’s practically indestructible, and if for some reason it does crack or break, they will replace the broken part for you, free of charge.
I think we’re living in a state of nature deficiency these days. Kids are spending far too much time indoors, playing video games and watching TV, instead of getting outdoors and learning to explore and appreciate God’s glorious creation. The Discovery Scope is one super easy and awesome way to get your kids out exploring nature. Ben has ours outside looking at stuff almost every day! And what’s really cool is that he’s looking for those tiny objects that we usually miss.
Who knew a clover bloom was so beautiful?
If you enjoyed learning about our favorite nature study tool, perhaps your family will also enjoy our free downloadable Nature Study Journal.