MacroScope – Where to Buy

Q: My mother-in-law mentioned something on her Christmas wish list that I cannot locate. She describes it as “a special garden monocular/microscope that allows you to look at plant leaves for signs of bugs, disease, etc.”. Please advise.

A: She may be referring to the MacroScope ( This monocular lens system allows you to see extremely fine details from eighteen inches away but also focuses out to infinity. Theoretically you could watch a bee as it visits a flower, then follow it to its hive up in a nearby tree. While the MacroScope is very nice, it’s too bulky to slip into your jeans pocket. Your mother-in-law might also appreciate a hand lens to carry on her daily rounds. I found a nice selection at