Small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to make an ant look the size of an antelope! This real microscope magnifies 30 times using precision optics, and is much easier to use than those old-fashioned desk microscopes. When you unfold the microscope, the light automatically illuminates the area in front of the lens, so that whether you are interested in n ature studies, or crime-solving, this will be an invaluable companion! Comes with sample slides and all you need to make your own slides. Works indoors and outdoors.... specimens do not need to be mounted on slides! The colour manual gives helpful hints about how to get a close-up view of just about anything, and suggests some fascinating subject matter. For ages 6 years and over. 2 x AA batteries are required (not included).