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Friday, June 8, 2012

Discovery Scope

Discovery Scope Logo


Discovery Scope parts






What is it?

  • Handheld, wide-field microscope
  • Special features designed to view a hidden world
  • Designed for use by ages 6 through adults. Younger children should be able to use with adult supervision
  • Practically indestructible
  • Easily shared
  • View nature in its natural environment
  • Special chambers and holders provided for viewing terrestrial and aquatic organisms


Basic Kit  $40.00   Packaged in plastic wrap. Includes one scope, one mini-clamp, one multi-use chamber holder, two 1" x 3/4" clear view chambers, and one water dropper.

Naturalist Kit  $55.00 Packaged in custom bag. Includes one scope, one mini-clamp, one multi-use chamber holder, two 1" x 3/4" clear view chambers, and one water dropper.

Ordering Information

The Discovery Scope can be ordered online through the Discovery Scope website . Along with the Discovery Scope, extra accessories are also available.

ClarkClan Thoughts and Opinions

What exactly is the Discovery Scope? Well according to our family it is an amazing and fun science tool. We feel very privileged and blessed to have been able to review the Discovery Scope. For the past month and a half we have used this little device over and over and are still just as excited about it as the first day we used it.

The Discovery Scope comes packaged in a square reusable container which holds the Scope and all accompanying parts. The basic package  includes one scope, one mini-clamp, one multi-use chamber holder, two 1" x 3/4" clear view chambers, and one water dropper.

Learning to use the Scope took about 3 minutes. The basics are: place a specimen in the holder clip, put the clip into the focus tube, look through the eye  cup,  push or pull the focus tube until the specimen becomes clear.

From the beginning our whole family was fascinated. The first day we looked at many different plants we could find. Here in New Mexico we have a very painful sticker we call a goat head. The kids were amazed to look in great detail at these seeds which have needle sharp points.

Discovery Scope goathead picture

Throughout the month we have used this not only here at home, but also out and about. Sarah and I took an overnight backpacking trip. As I was packing, I decided to put the Discovery Scope in a pocket of my pack. This turned out to be a great decision. I pulled the Scope out and told the  three 15 year old kids I was with  I was reviewing this product and would like to know their opinions. They immediately began to look at pine needles, leaves, and flowers. Then Sarah ran over to get one of the viewing chambers. They had found a caterpillar. They carefully put the caterpillar inside the box and took turns looking at it in great detail before being able to release him unharmed. Later during our trip, the kids came to me and asked for the scope again so they could explore more around our campsite.

Discovery Scope Teen Picture

We also took this on a day hike we took with Ben (10), Rebekah (9), Sarah, Grandma and myself. It was pulled out and used multiple times during that hike. Caterpillars, flowers, wild strawberries, leaves and more were explored in depth. I was just as impressed with the quality and ease of use as I was on the last trip. We even found a use for the Scope beyond looking at nature. While on this hike, Ben got a splinter and while I was trying to find it Sarah suggested I use the Discovery Scope to see where it was up close. That was perfect! My kids have determined that they will pull the scope out every time they get a splinter as it makes it very easy to see.

Discovery Scope Caterpillar picture

As you could probably guess, I would highly recommend the Discovery Scope. I have found it to be extremely durable and easy to use. I loved that the focus was so easy to adjust. I was also impressed that it worked under any light conditions. I have been showing the Discovery Scope to others, and even have heard of one who is planning on ordering one after using ours.

Other Schoolhouse Review Crew members also reviewed the Discovery Scope. Click on the Banner below to read what they thought about this product.


Disclaimer:  As an Independent contractor for The Old Schoolhouse and member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received a Discovery Scope basic package, for free from Discovery Scope in exchange for my honest review of their product.  All opinions given are mine and/or my children’s.


Wendy R said...

We are certainly enjoying our Scope, too! I think this is the most awesome review item we've ever received! ;-)

Amy B said...

We love our Discovery Scope too! I think every homeschooler needs one :). I am taking ours on hikes too, and can't wait to find some pond water and a caterpillar.