If you are looking for good and affordable beginner scope for your young scientist then look no further than the AmScope M30-ABS-KT2-W. This compound microscope has a monocular viewing head with LED (powered by two AA batteries which are included) and mirror illumination, a built-in color-filter wheel, a forward-facing rotating turret with 300x, 600x, and 1200x magnification, and a white stain-resistant metal frame. The microscope is ideal for age 7 to 12. Its monocular viewing head has LED and mirror illumination and a built-in color-filter wheel for viewing a variety of specimen types. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young users and has a rack-and-pinion focus mechanism for precise focusing. It also has a plain stage with stage clips that secure the slide in place during viewing. The microscope comes with a 52-piece accessory kit with brine shrimp eggs and hatchery, and a hard-sided plastic carrying case.