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Old 06-08-2005, 11:43 AM   #1
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Recommend a good hobbyist microscope?

I'm looking at these two, but don't know what to look for. I'd like to look at stuff from my aquariums and around the yard, or whatever. I'd like the microscope to be a quality tool I can use for years, as well as sturdy enough for, say, kids to use with supervision (accidents happen).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=7520814889
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Consider something like this (if you are going to make the investment in a quality tool):

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...520778675&rd=1

Or, a bit less spendy:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...522080436&rd=1
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Less spendy is still too rich for me. I suspect the 40x lens of original products won't keep me satisfied -- must pull away before entering an awesome scientific tools hobby. Appreciate it.
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lol electron microscope
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Remember that 4 & 25X will yield 100 and you at that is about as high as you can go without having oil immersion lenses. I think 160 is close to the physical limit of a light microscope. The cheap ones will probably be fine for home use, although you will need a separate light source.
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Do the lenses attach over each other or do I build a mount/tape/something? Do you think theres enough space in this model to clear two lenses?

I'm going to try a small halogen and reflector I think. I'm using the simpler designs in this primer as a model for diy (I love the internet).

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Do the lenses attach over each other or do I build a mount/tape/something? Do you think theres enough space in this model to clear two lenses?
Not quite sure what you mean there.

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I'm going to try a small halogen and reflector I think. I'm using the simpler designs in this primer as a model for diy (I love the internet).
Bah, for all that extra work and cost, just buy a unit with an integral light-source and filters. That site has some amusing galleries, though...loved the beer one.
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I took the 40x & 25x = 1000x suggestion as putting two lenses together. Is this not possible? My thought was the tray and lenses won't have enough space between them to fit another lens, nor do I know if the lenses are fit for each other or need a new mount if I want to combine them.

Its not hard to build a light (I know something about electronics, but nothing about microscopes, obviously), and I have a couple spare power supplies sitting around all sad and unused And Im cheap

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