AmScope is nice but you might be able to get better optics by calling an
Olympus or Nikon dealer and seeing what used scopes are available.  They
always have them as labs are constantly upgrading and you might be able to
get a really good deal. Easy to find your regional rep on their websites.
They might also be able to take to a lab or someplace that has the scopes
already in use for you to try out.

Ring LEDs are nice but can flatten things.  Some little side spots are
helpful to create defining shadows.  make sure you are getting daylight

Get one that has a TALL pole (thing that holds the head) or one that will
let you change poles as one that is short is going to limit what you can
put under it or light easily.

that said, Amscope and Nikon have some very fun small portable ones that
can go into the field and hook up to your phone that are very reasonably
priced, very fun to play with.

On Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 2:19 PM Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]>

> Hi All, and Happy Holidays,
> I'm looking to purchase a microscope. I know a lot of you have them and I
> would appreciate any advice on what to look for in terms of features.
> There are black friday sales from AmScope, that I've been pouring over,
> but your advice would be greatly appreciated.
> My use would be to examine closer, in 3D,  plant bits, insect bits, and
> bird bits.  Not looking for high magnification for cells between slides,
> etc.
> I'd like two eyepieces, and the ability to project it to my computer.  I'd
> need enough room to position a 3D object and then rotate it.
> I don't know what kind of lights (LED?) are the best for that sort of
> arrangement.
> Thank you, in advance, for any thoughts.
> Best cheer,
> Linda
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