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We are here for you to give you advice on how to buy the right microscope for your needs. An educated buying decision is an important factor for any purchase, but it is an absolute must when choosing the microscope.
First, you need to determine whether you need a compound or a stereo microscope. Both types are light microscopes where the total magnification is achieved by multiplying the power of the objective lens by that of the eyepiece.
Compound microscopes, often referred to as biological microscopes, would be a perfect choice if you want to observe tiny objects such as water organisms, pond scum, bacteria, blood samples, etc. These microscopes are mostly used by schools and research labs although Levenhuk LabZZ and Rainbow series microscopes are also very popular among kids and beginner level explorers.
Monocular microscopes are more affordable and would be a better choice to start with, but it is recommended to get a binocular microscope for complex observations. Trinocular microscopes would be the best choice for classroom studies so one can connect a digital camera to the third eyepiece. The rotatable trinocular head comes in very handy when you are working in a group.
You should also consider whether you need a portable microscope powered by batteries or an AC adapter. Some Levenhuk biological microscopes accommodate both and come with a carrying case for easy and safe transportation.
Stereo microscopes are best suited for viewing larger non-transparent objects such as coins, gems, crystals, etc. These microscopes are typically binocular and provide three-dimensional images allowing for precise measurements of observed objects. Featuring long working distance and lower magnifications, stereo microscopes are ideal for hobbyists and scientific researchers alike.
Another option would be to buy a digital microscope that combines a traditional optical microscope and a digital camera so you can actually see the observed object on your computer screen. One can get a standard compound microscope with a digital camera that is installed in place of the eyepiece. Or, you can get an integrated digital microscope with a built-in camera that is very popular among students for its ease of use and affordable pricing. Both types are capable of projecting images of observed specimens on a PC monitor or demonstrational screens and that makes them a perfect choice for educational facilities. Levenhuk DTX series digital microscopes allow saving and editing images with an option of video recording. All you need is to hook it up to a PC or laptop via USB and you are ready to go!