You don't have to be an expert to select an adequate microscope suitable for classroom and homework use. The following feature list will help you narrow down your search and give you an idea of what to look for when purchasing a student microscope.
1. Dual Focusing- Look for coarse and fine focus for a precise focal point
2. A Built in Light- Optimizes viewing of the specimen under the microscope
3. A Mechanical Stage- Allows you to move the slide horizontally and vertically to have a better look at the specimen
4. Binocular Eyepieces- to ensure you are not straining one eye trying to focus on a specimen.
We recommend starting out with a compound microscope which can be used at higher magnifications and observe small transparent specimens. This is ideal for lab work and science courses.
Lab Binocular Biological Compound Microscope 40X-1600X w Halogen Light $229.99