Hello all! I'm completely new to "microscoping" and I'm considering buying a microscope right now, along with a USB video camera for use with it. I was just wondering if anyone could give any advice, since I know very little about what is available and what is and isn't a good price. I guess the best thing to do would be to mention the particular microscope I'm considering right now:
I'm looking at the model 30-M-100 for $399.99 Canadian. The specs are listed below on that page, but for clarity I'll list them again here:
-10x WF/Pointer Eyepiece
-4x, 10x, 40x, and 100x (oil) Objectives
-1.25 Abbe Condenser
-Coaxial Coarse and Fine Focusing
-20 Watt Tungsten Light* (See Below)
*You can change this for a 110 volt flourescent light for 40 dollars, or a 20 watt, 6 volt halogen light for 60.
Does this seem like A) a quality microscope, and B) worth the price of 400 Canadian? Also, should I upgrade the light for better imaging, particularly since I want to use a camera with the microscope?
Now, here's the camera I was looking at:
I'm considering the USB 2.0 version, for $295.95 Canadian. It does 640x480 video at 30 frames per second, which seems decent to me, though I would sort of like something that can do that plus higher resolution still images.
Again, my question is - is this a good price, for the features? Does anyone know of anything similar that could do the same video quality plus better still imaging?