I want to thank all those who responded to my inquiry on microscopes.
All of you have been most helpful. Daniel Spirer made a good point
on quality with his Gemolite Mark V. It’s now known as the Mark X and
is made by Leica for GIA.
GIA’s GemoLite Super 60 Zoom Mark X now sells for around $3600.
Kassoy also sells the Leica models and the one with the same
appearance and specifications as GIA’s Super 60 sells for around
$2900. It’s called the Leica Stereo Zoom 60 and is approved by the
Gemological Association of Great Britain. For now, I feel that is the
best buy for me in terms of quality and value.
I’m not hurrying out and buying it right now. I’m going to take a
couple of months to consider my choice. So all those returning from
Tucson and have something to add, please do so. Nothing is definite
yet and it’s never too late to add your thoughts. I would appreciate
any comments or help.