TK2 Scope by Thames & Kosmos
TK2 Scope by Thames & KosmosTK2 Scope by Thames & KosmosTK2 Scope by Thames & Kosmos

TK2 Scope by Thames & Kosmos


Embark on a guided journey through the microscopic world, revealing its hidden creatures and unseen structures with the new TK2 Scope by Thames & Kosmos. First, learn how to use the microscope and all of its parts. Next, become familiar with your scope by examining some prepared slides. Now, you are ready to take off on a guided investigation of plant and animal specimens that you gather and prepare yourself. This kit gives you the tools, knowledge, and skills you need to view virtually any specimen you can find.

The microscope is a dual light 40-, 100-, and 400-power metal and plastic microscope. The two battery-powered LED light sources allow for both the viewing of large or opaque objects lit from above and the viewing of thinly sliced or translucent specimens lit from below. It has a 10-power ocular lens; 4-, 10-, and 40-power objective lenses; and an aperture wheel. The lenses are all professional-quality optical glass. The microscope is durable and powerful, permitting years of continued observations.  The full-colour, 48-page manual guides you through set-up, usage, and dozens of fascinating observations of biological specimens. 3 x AA batteries required. Age 10 – 16 years.

  •  learn how to use the microscope and how to prepare slides
  •  2 bright LED lights, above and below • 40x, 100x, and 400x magnification
  •  4x, 10x, and 40x objective lenses and a 10x ocular lens, all made of optical grade glass
  •  over 20 tools and accessories.
  • A Parents’ Choice Silver Award Winner

Download the Sample manual pages for the TK2 Scope in a new browser tab.


  1. Microscope, with ocular lens (Caution! The ocular lens sits loosely . Heed the tip on page 5)
  2.  Plastic box with:• Permanent prepared slide ofsodium chloride crystals

    • Permanent prepared slide ofpollen grains

    • Permanent prepared slide ofparamecia

    • Permanent prepared slide oforal mucous membrane cells

    • Special slide with concave trough

  3. Plastic box with 5 slides
  4. Plastic box with cover slips
  5. Pipette
  6. Tweezers
  7. Dissecting needle
  8.  Scalpel (Caution! Follow the safety tips on pages 3 and 10)
  9.  Petri dish with cover
  10.  Blue stain (Brilliant Blue FCF)
  11. Red stain (Ponceau 4R)
  12.  Adhesive labels for your own prepared slides
  13.  Lens cleaning paper
  14.  Dust cover for the microscope
  15.  Experiment book

Further Information

Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom by publishing high-quality science kits for children of all ages. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Their vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them about how things work; parents, grandparents, and teachers are active guides in these investigations. It is their firm belief that children who connect with the world around them grow up to be inquisitive adults, creative thinkers, and engaged citizens with confidence to careers in science, technology, and engineering.

Additional Information


Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4


experimenting & discovering, knowledge building, visual


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