The best microscope is the one that one uses the most often! Sometimes the choice of a microscope also has a subjective component to it, especially if it is used for hobby purposes.
There are two types of light microscopes, stereo and compound microscopes. They are used to observe different things. Of course, it is best to have both of them!
Amateur microscopy is the use of a microscope to observe nature for its own sake, and for enjoyment.