Bryant RedHawk wrote:Our list starts with;
bottom of the line up This is adequate for soil work and only cost a little over 200 dollars US.
A step up and only 252.00 dollars US
Add a camera for taking photos and we are still under 300.00 dollars US
From these three we step up to Kohler illumination, infinity focusing, a slew of better controls along with a dedicated camera port so you can be looking at the same time you take your photos.
There is a large price jump due to the much better lighting and controls, a filter holder for changing the light type or color and some other niceties for microbiologists.
Infinity focus with kohler illumination and triocular head with camera This step up is 1056.00 dollars US
Worth the money mostly to professionals and gadget lovers. If you want crystal clear images or are trying to identify specific bacteria species, this is the scope you have to have.
From there we can simply say the sky is the limit. Illumination types are many; Polarized, Phase Contrast, Brightfield, Darkfield and EPI fluoresence are the ones we might be interested in if money is no object.
I've used microscopes that the university paid 50,000 dollars for, I would not ever own one myself simply because I don't need to have two or three people looking at the same slide at the same time nor do I need to put that image online while I am looking at it.
I have found that for our uses (microbiologists) that 1056.00 dollar unit is very nice and even though I could justify spending up to 4 thousand, I really don't get much extra that I would use most of the time for that large expenditure.
My first six years of university I used that second in the list microscope and it did everything I needed it to do.
It wasn't until I got into my Phd that I had to have phase contrast illumination and even then it was for less than half my research work.
What I'm trying to get across is that while you can go "whole Hog" if you do you are probably spending far more for features you might never use or need, better to have lots of slides, coverslips, tweezers, pipettes, dyes and cement (which you will use a lot of if you get into looking at your soil, compost and compost teas).
So with all that in mind, this link is that drool inducing "OMG" microscope.
The Woo Hoo Microscope
and I'll be back with the second installment soon.
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