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I am a science lover and want to buy a microscope to explore things around me. Like studying cell structures, microorganisms, blood and plants. It would be great if there is way to photograph slides. Just curious to know and explore things around me.

I want to know which features I should consider while buying it?

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...and your question is? –  jonsca Dec 11 '12 at 16:08
    
To clarify how you could edit your question to make it more suitable for the site, we'd be happier to answer a question asking for an explanation of which features to look out for when purchasing a microscope. –  Rory M Dec 12 '12 at 11:57

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Well it depends on the application. First you have to determine what it is that you want to view under the microscope e.g. an organism such as Drosophila or you want to see microscope slides? In the first case you need to by a dissecting microscope, otherwise you need to by an upright light microscope with the appropriate objective lenses, again depending on the application. If you are viewing cells in a flask/dish/plate in a cell culture setting or if viewing a haemocytometer (although not necessarily in the case of haemocytometer), you need to buy an inverted light microscope with phase contrast since you wouldn't be able to view the cells very well with an upright microscope since the goal is to reduce the distance between the objective and the sample for a better view of the samples in cases of dishes or plates. Again the choice of equipment depends on the application. But as correctly said above you need to clarify what you mean in the question.

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Have you seen http://www.microscopy.org/education/projectmicro/buying.cfm? You can find your answer if you have such questions about buying a light microscope.

  • What kind of microscope should I buy?
    But I only have $50-100 to spend; does that mean no microscopy?
    What type should I buy? What features should I look for?
    I see a lot of other features advertised; which ones are worthwhile?
    Can I check lens quality?
    What about buying a used microscope?
    I see a lot of great deals on eBay. Where do I find these microscopes?
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