A frequent question I receive here on my blog, and on other forums, is what microscope I would recommend for home use. This is a difficult question for me – I’m a medical researcher by profession, with microscopy representing the bread and butter of my lab (a bit of eye-candy from my labs work can be found near the beginning of the video). While on the surface this would appear to make me an ideal person to offer advice on microscope selection, alas, its not really true. Because I work with research-grade scopes (which are very pricey) I’m not really experienced in the cheaper, consumer-grade microscopes that are cost-effective for home use.
So in lieu of a video recommending specific models, I’ve instead put together a video discussing features to look for, along with comparison images to give you an idea of what the various features add to a microscope.
Also, I apologize for the crummy audio; I’m experimenting with screen casting as a way to speed video production (which, in my case, is excruciatingly slow), and haven’t quite figured out how to properly balance my mic.