1. Avoid Purchasing from a Chain Retailer: It is not advised you purchase a microscope from a nature store and/or toy store. These are almost always poor quality and are not intended for actual professional grade use and observations. Try to get a microscope at a student or professional level.
2. Try to Avoid Plastic Parts : It is ok if some digital microscopes have plastic screens and attachments but do try to refrain from purchasing a microscope with mainly plastic parts. Especially a plastic frame, eyepiece, and stage.
3. Try to Keep your budget above $200.00 USD: Generally speaking, $200-$400 USD is a fair price for a student microscope or beginner microscope. Look for frames, focusing systems, and stands to be made of quality materials.
4. Look for Separate Course and Fine Focus Features: Look for a microscope with both coarse and fine focus settings, this will provide better clarity and image quality when using an attachable USB digital camera hooked up to a PC or TV.
5. Look for Halogen Lighting: Halogen lighting is ideal for its clarity and noticeable brightness.
6. Look for Glass Lenses: Glass plan optics are of greater quality and are suitable for professional and lab use. Semi-plan lenses are idea for schools, students, and hobbyists.
7. Consider a Mechanical Stage: A mechanical stage allows for easier movability and can handle a larger project and/or specimen. Mechanical stages are essential for medical and laboratory microscope work.
A great beginner microscope at a reasonable price is our Industrial Inspection Monocular Microscope Zoom 7x-90x.
Product Features Include:
- Height adjustable holder ready for attaching ring light
- High definition images
- High quality eyepieces
- Ready to connect to USB digital camera
- Zoom lenses 7x~90x, crystal clear at any point
- Long working distance allow enough lighting options
- Sharp images over a wide field view
- Metal stand and framework
- Product GS and CE approved
- Manufacturer in business 30+ years