I study physics but I have got interested about biology too. Surfing around the web, I have found out that in buying microscopes one needs to decide between the cheaper no-name brands vs. the four big ones: Zeiss, Nikon, Leica, and Olympus.
From the four big ones, only Zeiss delivers directly to my country. The price for Primo Star with phototube and Full-Kohler illumination is 1.8k euro or 2.3k usd. It has only bright-field optics but dark-field (if I got it correctly) is easy to add, as well as phase-contrast.
Anyway, I was wondering how much I would get out of the scope as a home user. I would probably do plant biology. I would also like to learn some staining techniques.
How difficult it would be to run some mini-studies at home? Do research? I would know about imaging quite a lot..
(There was some other similar questions but they did not mention home use.)