Optics Planet is an on-line retailer of all kinds of optics gear. Telescopes, night-vision goggles, binoculars, and...microscopes!
My kids being the curious sorts, are fascinated by what they see through our old microscope. We've found all kinds of uses for it. We've looked at water from the gutter (full of wigglies!), rocks (all those specks are different minerals!), salt crystals (ooh! Pretty!) and dirt. Yes, dirt. It turns out dirt under a microscope looks the same as rocks, only the mineral components are teeny.
What we want is a digital micrscope so we can take photos to our computer and share them on this blog. And bore the living daylights out of all of you. I digress.
Here's what Optics Planet has to offer. There's a page for microscopes. There's a page for digital microscopes. When I went there, I saw six different ones offered. Let's see which one I like best so all of you can get together and buy it for me as a present...how about this one? The TMH4-BF-E Lomo multiscope. It will magnify up to 2500x and looks like it can fit my digital camera.
Dig this little promotional blurb.
Ready to use "out-of-the box", the TMH4-BFis capable of performing urinalysis tests, protozoan hunts, mycological sporeanalysis, blood counts, clinical samples and more!Protozoan hunts?!? Wahoo! I'll be just like Teddy Roosevelt! (Not so much on the urinalysis, though. I don't think Teddy and the Rough Riders were that big on looking at each other's pee.)
It would be a great gift for me, hint, hint, hint. If you all chipped in together, it wouldn't cost much per person. There must be, what, three regular readers of The Scratching Post? That's only $250 per person. A pittance when you consider all the drivel I spew on a daily basis for your entertainment.
Anyway, if you're interested in optics, check out Optics Planet. They've got all kinds of brands, including Barska.