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Microscope advice for a non-biologist

Postby AlanGarden » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:58 pm

Hello,

I'm unfortunately not a biologist; however my partner is. She's currently studying zoology at undergraduate level with a hefty chunk of genetics on the side. It's her birthday soon and I'd like to get her a microscope (since she won't shut up about them), unfortunately not having any qualifications in biology beyond a GCSE I don't know where to begin.

From other threads on here I've read that 10-1000x is good for anything down to bacteria, albeit with staining; and that a built in light is much better than a mirror.

Are there any brands to look at, or avoid? My budget is about £200-300 including shipping; if anyone could suggest any available in the UK or perhaps suggest at least some features to look for I'd greatly appreciate it.

Thank you very much!
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Postby AlanGarden » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:52 pm

Please excuse me, couldn't seem to edit my original post. Having read up a little more I realise how silly I must sound going by my first post. I realise there's a distinction between low and high power microscopes now!

My partner says she'd like to be an entomologist; which leads me to a low power scope. I've had a look at some Brunel models but it would seem any half decent lower power microscope is somewhat outside of my price range whereas I can get a 40-1000x model (which I'm thinking wouldn't be so useful for insects?) quite easily.

So, any advice on microscopes for entomology? Again, thank you anyone able and willing to help despite my obvious lack of a clue in this field.
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Postby JackBean » Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:28 am

I don't think you need an actual microscope for entomology, rather some magnifier to check your bugs. I'm not sure how is it called in English, but it look basically like microscope, but the magnification is not so big so it's good for watching small parts of organisms like bugs or flowers.
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Re: Microscope advice for a non-biologist

Postby jonmoulton » Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:18 pm

It's hard to predict what level of structure an entomologist's interest might lead them toward, but I think Jack is right that a good quality and low-magnification microscope would be a useful basic tool. Look for a dissecting stereomicroscope. Zeiss, Olympus or Nikon wold be good brands to consider (there are other good brands).
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