It is time for us to get a microscope. We will be using level 2 Biology from Pandia Press (Real Science Odyssey). In this curriculum, they have microscope labs. They aren't 'required', of course, but my kids have been wanting a microscope for a while now. I like the idea that the microscope labs will get us started.
So, my first reaction was to just go to Home Science Tools and order a microscope. I was looking at this one: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/home-microscope/p/MI-4100STD/ and this one: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/kids-microscope/p/MI-1100STD/ Our budget isn't huge, I need to stay under $200, but would like to spend less if I can get a decent one for less.
I know NOTHING about them except I do want a monocular microscope. Binocular is pointless for us, one of our daughters has monocular vision.
I was also looking on ebay and saw a bunch by AmScope. I have never heard of them, but they are less $$$ it seems and they had a lot of choices.
Have any of you bought a microscope? I believe our curriculum advises a compound microscope, but I don't even know the difference between compound and ? Not compound. Any help would be appreciated.