Best Microscope Shots

I’m spending this week focusing on creating curricula for the big NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) conference in March. I’m going to be representing The Bug Chicks at the Celestron booth and leading two professional development workshops for teachers.  I’m so excited! Bugs, scopes, teaching– it is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN.

I’ve been reviewing techniques that work and others that are not as successful while using the handheld and stationary digital microscopes. Since it is still so early in the year, I thought it would be a good idea to review my best shots of 2015. I’m getting better and better with the scopes and learning which one to use in each situation. In today’s post I will highlight the two scopes I’m going to use in the teacher training.

Best MicroFi Shots

The MicroFi is a handheld microscope that works in tandem with an app for the iPad.

Why I like it:

  • I love the mobility of this little scope. I can pack it easily for traveling when I have my iPad Mini 3
  • It’s small enough that I can use it with live animal shots. It works well as I’m trying got film or photograph in my small insect cages. Also, the lens section is small and can easily fit over an insect on a flat surface to get an very close-up look.
  • I like the iPad app, because I can see the photo on a larger screen that other digital scopes.
  • The colors I get!


Green Weevil
Isopod Montage
House Centipede