Recently, I told you about how my family and I managed to get a new microscope for our young son, Ethan. These things can cost a pretty penny, I’ll tell you. I decided to write something about the whole decision-making process because it was rather difficult for us to make up our mind on a particular unit specifically because so many of the ones we kept coming across were extremely expensive.
Of course, what expensive means depends on your own budget, but all I can say is that we weren’t prepared to make a super-serious investment just yet. I found a great website where several models of microscopes had been detailed and reviewed and with the help of this resource, I came across the AmScope M158C-E.
Initially, when we decided to buy it, it cost about one hundred and twenty bucks, which was a bit too much. Fortunately, we were patient enough to wait a little longer and check out some of the prices at online retail websites. Soon enough, we found it on Amazon for almost a hundred dollars, which is an incredible price point if you ask me.
In my opinion and my wife’s as well, we practically had no other chance of getting a good-quality microscope with an integrated camera and a connectivity feature to our computer or laptop. We don’t know that much detail about optics, in general, but we are aware of how to use a microscope and a telescope. For us, this product was an upgrade from a very basic unit that was intended for the use of children.
If you’re resolute on spending as little money as possible, perhaps you ought to consider a toy instead of a real microscope. AmScope has another model destined for kids, and I’ve seen that it costs about eighty-five dollars. Again, this is a terrific price, but you won’t get the same functionalities as the ones of the M158C-E, in that the AmScope Student can’t be connected to a camera. Nonetheless, it might do wonders for an enthusiastic beginner because it comes with a generous kit composed of blank slides, as well as a book titled The World of The Microscope.
The best way to choose a microscope that works great and does what you expect it to do is to take some time and do a bit of research. Find out what other buyers just like you are saying in terms of pricing and whether or not they consider it too high. If you have several hours available on the weekend, be sure to check out the rating system made available by some websites. Why not go on Reddit or any other forum and ask some other microscope rookies just like you?