What microscope should you buy?

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August 06, 2010 4:04AM

It depends what do you plan on looking at and what type of microscope do you want? Also what quality do you want as in what magnifications will suffice: 5X, 10X, 40X....Typical light microscopes can go up to 40X but many of them costs above $1000.00 dollars and require microscopic slides and usually squishing the organisms. If you want to look at organisms live, you may want to to get a dissecting scope which can cost up to $900 dollars. Any microscope below $500 is useless. As for electron microscopes, they cost up to 1 million dollars and are only used at Institutions (or if you're a billionaire then go right ahead), they also require a constant water supply to the electron chamber and a critical point drier and gold sputter to prepare the specimens.