Greetings everyone, I hope everyone is coping well with the situation.
I am a Ph.D. student working in archaeobotany and like most of us, I haven’t been able to work in the lab for the past months. Since I really need to study some charcoal samples and my lab in Italy doesn’t have the necessary instrumentation (and there is no way the University will buy it at the moment), I was thinking about investing my bench fee in buying an optical microscope. I know that the prices for this kind of microscopes are very high in general, but I was wondering if there are some in the range of 1.000/1.500 euros (or something more) that could be worth the investment.
For example, I was looking at an Enderlein Transmitted Light MK8T, but I don’t really know if it could work for me and I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of/worked on it.
Do you know any reliable second-hand sites (preferably in Europe) in which I can find some good microscopes (like Zeiss, Olympus, Leica, etc…) at an affordable price?