whenever I have a question about optics, Cloudynights keeps coming back into my life - a testament to the knowledge of its members. So a huge thank you to all!
I have the chance to buy a Leitz Ortholux from the early 60s. It appears to be in excellect cosmetic condition, though unable to check optics personally. It also comes with a wide range of lenses etc. and the original box and user manual. In fact, everything seems to be there - maybe even the original sales receipt.
I have two questions: first, how much should I expect to pay for this item? It is a private transaction and the person selling doesn't have a clue what to charge. They also "don't do" the internet thing etc. etc. All to say, I am after a bargain but I also want to pay the seller a fair price while giving myself a good price, if that makes sense.
My second question is, would this be wasted on me as a first vintage microscope? I'm new to microscopes but I love optics in general, have a small collection of vintage binoculars and have always wanted to own a quality vintage microscope. However, I am not a scientist and would only be using this to enjoy aesthetically as well as to have some fun with my kids and to help show them how fantastic and cool science can be. But is this particular microscope difficult to use/over the top in terms of my intended use for it?
Thanks again to all of your for such a great forum - and for coming to my aid yet again.