I think at least some of the problems that people have had with the
Mattel microscope is that many of the people on the list appear not to
know what a microscope is to be used for.
What many people on the list have used is a low power stereo
microscope. If you were to spend $1000 for a standard light
microscope, you would find a very small field and very small depth of
focus especially at as high a power as 200X. The field of view of a
microscope and the depth of focus goes down rapidly with the power. It
is not to be used to photograph a piece of jewelry or even a gemstone
of any normal size. The field of view of an expensive light microscope
would be only about 1 mm at 200X if my memory serves me.
I have considered buying one of these and I as the following
question: IS THERE ANYONE ON THE LIST WHO HAS USED BOTH A STANDARD
MICROSCOPE AND THE MATTEL KIND WHO CAN GIVE ME AN OPINION OF THE
RESOLUTION AND QUALITY? I really would like to know. Notify me off
line if you wish.
Please do not take any of these comments personal, but there are
different tools for different tasks.