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  1. #1 Where should I buy a microscope from? 
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    I've been looking at this website: MicroscopeNet.com - Monocular Compound Microscopes

    So I'm wondering what microscope would not be a rip off. How much would it cost for a microscope that has 1600x magnification? 1000x?

    I've got a budget of $400, so what would be the most magnification I could get for a reliable microscope under $400? I'd mostly be looking at plants and plant cells, in as much detail as possible.


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    If you want a monocular microscope (< 400.00 USD) that has a 1000x magnification, you could try this one: 40X-1000X AmScope Monocular Compound LED Microscope with Abbe Condenser. Do not forget to buy materials to make thin 'cuts' of plants and colorants in order to have optimal images.


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    From my experience, this company has very good microscopes.

    Olympus Microscopes, Microscopes and Imaging-Systems, Scientific Equipment

    I'm not sure if there will be anything in your price range there. That being said, it is unlikely that you will find anything with a magnification higher than 1000x, which is fine as it will do any job you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mat5592 View Post
    From my experience, this company has very good microscopes.

    Olympus Microscopes, Microscopes and Imaging-Systems, Scientific Equipment

    I'm not sure if there will be anything in your price range there. That being said, it is unlikely that you will find anything with a magnification higher than 1000x, which is fine as it will do any job you need.
    This is 2500x, and not much more expensive. Does it look good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weterman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mat5592 View Post
    From my experience, this company has very good microscopes.

    Olympus Microscopes, Microscopes and Imaging-Systems, Scientific Equipment

    I'm not sure if there will be anything in your price range there. That being said, it is unlikely that you will find anything with a magnification higher than 1000x, which is fine as it will do any job you need.
    This is 2500x, and not much more expensive. Does it look good?
    I'm not sure which one you're talking about, could you provide a direct link?
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    With a budget of $400 US.. You will be seeking a used scope from a University or research institute.. I doubt E-bay will be of much use to you.. They are a little rare to be available.. Make it known in the right places you might get lucky.. Local medical labs., or tech., institutes.. Happy hunting.
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    I actually just had the same thought that astromark did, but he beat me to it. When I was a student, one of my professors talked to me about giving me one of their microscopes at the end of the year (for free) because they were getting new ones. I regrettably did not follow up on that conversation.
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