• How are the preserved specimens packaged?

We are happy to package preserved specimens to your specifications. If you need certain packaging, please ask! Our standard method would be to put the specimen in a plastic bag, seal the bag, then ship in a box. Quantity per bag will vary depending upon specimen size. If you want a specific quantity within a box, just ask. Specimens are also available in pails - again, please ask!


  • How should I store preserved specimens once they arrive?

Most of our preserved specimens should be good for 6 months - 1 year. These specimens should be stored at room temperature, out of the heat and direct sunlight. It is OK to refrigerate the specimens but do not freeze them. 


  • What is the difference between a Compound and Stereomicroscope?

Generally, a compound microscope is used to look at very small items on slides - like blood cells, plant cells, mitosis, meiosis. A compound microscope can be either monocular or binocular. A typical compound microscope would have magnification of 40x, 100x, & 400x, and sometimes 1000x (oil). A Stereomicroscope is generally used for looking at a larger item. Stereos work well for bugs, coins, rocks - objects that are more "3-D". A stereomicroscope is usually binocular, but does not have to be. A stereo scope will often have magnification of 10x and 30x, or 20x and 40x. More expensive stereomicroscope will "zoom" magnification between these ranges. 


  • What do I need to know about ordering Live Specimens?

Probably the most important thing to remember about ordering any living specimen would be delivery dates. Since these items are generally shipped either UPS or priority mail - you need to allow 2-3 days for delivery. Overnight delivery is available at a much high cost. Avoid a Monday delivery - do you really want your live specimens sitting in a delivery truck all weekend? 


  • How do I search your website for a particular item?

At the top of your screen is the "Search Site" icon. Click on this and search by product name, description, or product/catalog number. While not case sensitive, the search parameter is "space" sensitive. For example, some of our product numbers (ID) have a space between letters and numbers. Product number "L 1" is actually letter L, space bar, and number 1. Be aware the space might be necesary to look up items by product number. 


  • What are the payment options for ordering?

We gladly accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. We also accept purchase orders from schools, school districts, colleges and universities. 


  • Is Nebraska Scientific really in Nebraska?

Yes - Nebraska Scientific is in Omaha, Nebraska. 


  • When was Nebraska Scientific started?

Nebraska Scientific (A Division of Cyrgus Company, Inc.) was started in the early 1960's. Our company is over 55 years old!