Maybe you are interested in microscopy, but do not know where to start. Here are some suggestions.
Good information is important for making valid decisions, especially when buying new microscopes. There are several resources, where people can exchange ideas.
The basic theory of the correct microscope usage can be learned in an hour or two. This can be covered by reading a few chapters in a book explaining microscope use.
While it is possible that amateur microscopists can contribute to the discovery of news species, it is relatively unlikely that microscopic observation alone is enough.
Microscopy is not a very competitive activity. There are annual photography competitions, however.
Some people might be hesitant about starting the hobby, because they do not know if they are going to like it. There are many online resources available that will help you in making a decision.
A slide box with ready-made permanent slides gives you already many interesting things to look at.
Many hobbies have different sub-branches, and the situation is similar with enthusiast microscopy. There are many different activities that microscopists can engage in.
Like many other recreational activities, amateur microscopy has advantages and disadvantages.
There are different terms to describe the recreational use of microscopes. Not all of these terms carry the same connotation, however.