I am in the middle of assessing this right now for a project. What I have learned (total microscope novice here) is that one scope does not do all tasks. A compound microscope will let you look at nosema and pollen samples- need pretty strong zoom and a dissecting or stereo microscope will let you look up close at bees. NY Bee Wellness has some stuff on microscopes. http://nybeewellness.com/Microscopy___Anatomy.htmlI'm interested in having a close look at my bees - to check for everything from mites to age i.e. wear and tear (aging of the bees) how powerful a microscope will I need? Thanks. c
Absolutely not. Nosema detection requires 400x.A dissection microscope will do the trick.