My daughter, who just turned 14, asked for a microscope for her birthday. I love science, and always try to foster any love of science or the arts, so my wife and I agreed to get her one. I did some research and settled on this one, which was $200 on Amazon. It was cheaper on eBay, but I wanted the ability to return it through Prime. Why am I going on about this? Because I am FLOORED at the quality of this thing! I am a fan of good optics, being a photographer and astronomer of the serious hobbyist variety. I was floored by the bright clear image. We could hold an iPhone up to the eyepiece and take stunning images. Having a history with optics, I figured that the 100x objective would be mostly useless, so I got her a 2x objective to replace it, and sure enough, that's what she's used the most looking at things like coins and bills. I am kind of reminded of the current state of import guitars. There are some amazing import instruments out there these days. The two of us spent hours looking at very small things, bonding over science. It was so cool. She's already got a list of things she needs for her newfound career.