Amature Microscope Recommendations
For pond water algae and protozoans, etc, it is seldom you'll need a phase contrast scope ubless you are working with very transparent soecimens. If you plan to mount slides, the LOM BMH4-BF, is a great chice.
I will be picking up a LOM SF100T, to do the same things. As it comes fron the factory, you get a full 1oox, but with the 2x auxillary objective, you can even get 200x. I plan to stick unprepared mounts - twigs, leaves, insects, rcoks, samples of pond water or algae in a petri dish under this scope. No need to mess with slides. Just set the specimen om the stage and look.
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If you have not already done so try gx microscopes http://www.gxmicroscopes.com/ and ask to speak to bob town - he will advise...
I boght a microscope with 'darkfield' ; normal condenser and a motic video camera - £1300. Bob gave me much advise along the lines of 'that is way too expensive - you don't need that!' ( phase contrast microscopy) which is a nice sign when he is selling the stuff!
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