Microscopes can open you up to a fascinating new world! There can be a lot of technical information supplied on microscopes but the following is a simple summary to help you choose the best microscope for your budget and usage.
Broadly microscopes can be divided into two categories, Biological(also known as compound) or high power and Stereo or low power.
For children, hobbyists and general use,Biological are most popular as one can see the truly "invisible" things like blood cells, amoebas and bacteria. They have their own light source and different magnification options usually between 40X and 400X. Stereosometimes referred to as dissecting microscopes give an erect, three dimensional perspective making it ideal to examine specimens such as coins, stamps, whole insects, fabric weaves, insect wings, sand, soil and tiny electrical components. This microscope has a low magnification power up to about 10X-40X, often uses two separate eyepieces with two objectives, which creates the visual effect of depth perception.
Generally speaking, if you require lower magnification and your sample is 3 dimensional, or in particular you wish to manipulate, dissect or re work it, a low power is the best choice.
The saxon TKM ScienceSmart Biological Digital Microscope Kit is the picture perfect gift for scientists of all ages! This biological microscope comes with 3 objectives of 4x, 10x and 40x, a Wide Field 10x eyepiece as well as a USB digital eyepiece. Easy to use and a great way to start exploring the micro-organism world around us.
With 40-400X magnification for such a low price the MicroBule monocular microscope with robust construction and optical quality, this is a great microscope for the student or hobbyist. Made in the Netherlands.
The Saxon ScienceSmart 8MP LCD Digital Microscope is user-friendly, portable and requires minimal assembly. This microscope is best suited for viewing biological specimens and can also be used to observe thin objects such as stamps and coins on the lowest magnification setting. Perfect for both casual and serious use in the classroom, home or workplace.
For serious microscopy work, look no further than the saxon RBT Researcher Biological Microscope. This beast of a microscope features a trinocular head, four objectives of 4X, 10X, 40X and 100X, individual eyepiece focusing, double-layered mechanical stage and coaxial coarse/fine controls to make it easy to operate the stage when you're viewing your object through the eyepiece. This microscope promises versatility and durability for use at work, school or home.