Leif wrote: . . .
Any recommendations for dissecting microscopes? I would guess that a used specimen from one of the big names would be best, but I'm guessing.
It's length of a piece of string really. From a basic x20 stereoscope (need not be expensive, but it's very limiting) things that notch the price up are:
* varied magnification, eg. x10 and x30, or x20 and x40
* zoom facility
* inbuilt lighting - top light, or both top and bottom; and type of lighting
* trinocular head for photography - very useful and it's not hard to take a series of shots for stacking
I recently upgraded to http://www.nickssciencesupplies.co.uk/s ... ation-new/
and I'm very happy with it, but that's a new one of course. If you get a good refurbished one there should be no problems, but things to watch out for are misalignments that mess up the stereo effect and slippage of the scope on its column, epecially with the added weight of a camera. I could have got one without the lighting as I normally use a Photonic PL1000 - fibreoptic double gooseneck arm light source; but if, say, travelling to a foray I don't need to take that along as well. As Paul C suggests it does make life so much easier, especially for things like dissecting off a tiny bit of gill edge to look at cystidia, or to make a cap 'scalp' - or indeed for getting any small samples from a fungus with both hands free - and we all know that with microscopical mounts less is almost better than more . . . .
anyway - just some thoughts . . . .