I'm a former academic who used to do alot of fluorescence microscopy of dinoflagellates in the Delwiche lab @ UMCP:http://blog.umd.edu/algaeevolve/personn ... b-members/
The equipment I used most was a Zeiss Axioskop and a Zeiss AxioVert.
I also had the fortune to play around with an Olympus DeltaVision OMX™ for a few months when we were demo'ing the unit and have a set of really incredible high resolution dinoflagellate thecal plate photos that i've never released anywhere that i'm sure alot of people would appreciate.
I've always been the poor academic so never had a nice scope for home use, but I did have a Wesco CX-RII compound scope for a while that saw moderate use. Unfortunately I sold that some time back due to some hard times.
Several years ago I managed to snag an excellent condition Vintage Nikon SMZ-2 for $40 from the local university surplus store that i'm going to post about in another thread in a minute (looking for LED retrofit advice).
I'm also doing a little bit better now a days financially and i'm in the market to start acquiring the parts to build my own 2nd hand Axioskop for home use, so I'm sure I will be here alot looking for advice.
Best and Happy 2019!
EDIT: p.s. Most of the microscopy I do for hobbyist usage will be looking at stuff in my aquariums, sampling local nature around the SF Bay Area, as well as mushroom spore identification!