Guide: Buying a Microscope

The Swift SS110 introductory microscope
This microscope is very portable and low cost. It is good for beginners and for traveling.
Microscopes for Children
In my opinion, children under the age of 6 or 7 should not be given a microscope, but rather a decent magnifying glass. Children of that age do not yet have the coordination skills to operate a microscope. Of course Read More ...
How to buy a microscope
Recommendations on choosing a microscope. What are some of the things to consider when deciding what microscope to buy?
Which brand of microscope should I buy?
The particular model of a microscope is of much less importance than the components that are used.
What are different compound microscope types?
Different light microscopes serve different purposes. This article gives you an overview.
What features does an amateur compound microscope need?
If you want to buy a microscope for amateur microscopy, then I recommend the following features.
What kinds of microscope heads are there?
The microscope head carries the eyepieces of the microscope. There are monocular, binocular and trinocular heads. Here we'll have a closer look at them.
What are some possible problems of used microscopes?
Before buying a used microscope, check the following points.
Do I need a 100x oil immersion objective?
Here I explain why I am against 100x oil immersion objectives for microscopes in schools and for beginners.
5 Rules of buying a microscope
I've been repeatedly asked for advice concerning the purchase of microscopes of hobby and amateur purposes. The following rules should help you in your choice.