Environmental observation is, naturally, a central focus for many amateur microscopists. There are also several other activities in which an amateur microscopist can engage in. This can include:
- slide making
- collecting antique microscopes and slides
- microscope maintenance and tinkering
- photography through the microscope
- drawing of images
For other hobbyists, the microscope is a supportive instrument. People who collect stamps or fossils, for example, might own a stereo microscope to observe their collection at a higher magnification.