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Where are some good places to buy a used or refurbished or otherwise inexpensive but good, working microscope? Either on-line or elsewhere. We live far from larger cities so probably on-line is our only option other than getting super lucky on craig's list.

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I am pasting this from an earlier thread, if it looks familiar to anyone. ;)


We have the celestron 44104. It has an abbé condenser, iris diaphragm and mechanical stage. It has 10x and 12.5x eyepieces, and 4x, 10x and 40x objectives. You could buy a 100x objective seperately if you really needed it (it is honestly not used that much). It has an LED light and a mirror (some of the reviews complain it has an incandescent bulb, I ordered this recently and it has an LED). It came with a cover and 5 prepared slides. It has fine and coarse focusing knobs. It was a bargain from amazon @ $125.


I know a lot of people like the Sonlight microscope


A lot of people also like these from home science tools:




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Microscope World was very helpful for us. It's an online site, but I would suggest calling customer service before buying anything. I just told them my needs and budget. The customer service representative pointed me to a perfect scope for us.



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