After a little research decided to make my first microscope a 7-45x stereo zoom from Meiji. Ordered it through Microscope. Com and Mark and Danny were very good. Also Raymond at Meiji was very nice.
The microscope arrived in 4 days and was packed peanut shells around a styrofoam sarcophagus in a heavy box, zero damage. At first I was not sure what to think about my $595 no tax or shipping. It looked like many of the others as far as optics. It says made in Holland but I am sure that may only be the assembly point. Either way after several days playing with this thing I find the optics excellent and so does everyone else.
The stand is perfect. The knobs, switches, lighting and wiring are high quality and have a solid feel. The lighting controls and light fixtures are all top shelf. The ring that holds the optics has a teflon insert. The clips are heavy duty with nice size thumb screws. The base large and steady. The handle on top is almost a requirement.
My wife spent an hour looking through it the other night, in the middle of canning season. She has never given any of my other optics that kind of attention. My son uses it all the time, my friend who doesn't get excited about anything thinks it cool.
The only minor issue was the winged eyepieces, no one cared for them so I turned them over. This way they were flat. Stuck an 1.25" eyepiece cup in the end and now they are very comfortable.
This is my first product review. I like this thing more than I thought I would and glad I sold a few unused eyepieces. This already has got more use than they did. Hoped you enjoyed my review and I have several pictures to follow.