If you work long enough with microscopes, you will learn certain truths. Here are 5 in no particular order.
1) When it comes to an intricate instrument, dust is not your friend (when is it ever?). Using a microscope cover will save you time and money in the long run.
2) Optics! Optics! Optics! This is what you are paying for. If you wonder why certain brands are more expensive, just compare the image side-by-side. The difference in quality and clarity is substantial.
3) If it doesn’t move, don’t try to force it. This one is pretty universal, however, it’s especially true for microscopes. Numerous small, moving interconnected parts and blunt force just don’t mix.
4) When you purchase a microscope, rely on the experts. There are simply too many models and configurations. Why waste your time trying to figure it out on your own? Talk with the person that lives and breathes microscopes...you’ll get exactly what you need (and it will make their day)
5) Service by a professional is essential for extending the life of your microscope. Just like your car, a microscope needs maintenance and lubrication.