Hi, BenR11! I picked up one of the wooden microscopes from Echo after you posted this. It is cute. It comes as a single sheet of laser-cut thin plywood. The greatest level of magnification I got out of it was about 50x (compare to the double lens smartphone microscope >300x). That was AFTER I had zoomed in. Without the zoom it is closer to ~10x, maybe less. It doesn't come with a light source, and I had some issues with the keychain light (the one I use in my scopes). The individual LED's were clearly seen even after using diffusion gels.
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