Please help me buy a high-power microscope for a hobbyist. Requirements inside.
I'm buying a microscope (as a Christmas gift) for my wife. She would like to use it for visualizing molds, tiny animals, cells (see below), tiny plant parts, and so on (the sort of stuff one looks at in biology courses, I think). She's not all that clear on what exactly she wants to do with it.
After a few sessions of browsing Google and Amazon, I realize I simply don't know enough about microscopy to make a good decision here. I'm thinking of pairing this camera accessory
with a decent microscope. But which microscope might be good?
Another possibility is this one
, an econo-model made by Celestron that has a digital LCD screen instead of an eyepiece. But why is it so cheap? I'm concerned about the low price, as really good (i.e., medical- or lab-grade) microscopes seem to be extremely expensive.
2) Higher-powered objectives/lenses (like 100x, 400x) seem to require the use of special oil on the slides. This seems like a big hassle for a casual hobbyist; is it?
3) What are the smallest kinds of things she would be able to see with the above? (most important question!) Would she be really disappointed not to have higher-powered oil objectives available? Can you actually "see cells" (and in what way?) at 400x?
Really confused by the options; please hope me.