This is late coming but I dropped like$ 175 on an amscope brand microscope off of bay and am pleasantly surprised with the quality. It Has all the bells and whistles- binocular oil immersion 1000mag mechanical stage control etc. The thing is pretty stout all metal brand new too. I took a leap of faith because I did not find a lot on them as far as reviews but I am very happy with it and I kind of geek out on tools and things like that so if you are looking at the brand and wondering what is up with them I say go for it. Their more basic scopes monocular and whatnot are really cheap. I do highly recommend a mechanical stage though. Happy yeasting!