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Greetings and salivations....
I have purchased an Amscope T680 ( trinocular ), it resembled the one I use at work the most ( Olympus CH30 ) ( also use a Nikon alphaphot 2.... but prefer the Olympus ).
The quality, feel and overall options are very very close to the Olym CH30. The optics have been great, and very comparible to what I have been using for 15 years. I bring mine to work and actually use it instead of the Olympus, which I am heavy into the microscopy work for hematology, parasitology, microbes, etc etc etc. Only time will tell if it will last 15+ years as the olympus, but so far, all has been great. Stage remains tight, no focus drift, lighting is great and the optics have been just as good ( I actually upgraded to Semi-plan ).
The down falls.... the add described a swing out filter holder, did not have it. But it did have a screw out filter ( not a big deal to me, but they did send me a replacement. ). They sent me a 20x objective instead of the 20x oculars. They paid for the return and switched them out.
( Gotta admit... customer service was great, even talked to the owner ).
I was not happy with the ocular pieces. Not used to the small field of view ( which stamped on the ocular is 10x/18mm... more like 15mm diameter if you use some calipers ). I had some American Optic oculars that are about 22mm diameter, and that makes a world of difference. ( not to mention, the AO stuff is metal construction, not plastic like the Amscope oculars).
Needless to say, the 20x oculars are pretty much worthless, and pretty much gives empty magnification over 40x obj power.
I use 15x/22mm AO oculars with a scale reticle, and have never been happier.
In retrospec... knowing what I know now... I probably would have gone with an Omano OM139 just because it has infinity correction for about what I paid for the Amscope.
The main reasonings: it has 30mm ocular ports ( vs the 23mm ports ) so I could get bigger field of view. And infinity correction.
What I would miss if I did go with the Omano.... the 5 objectives. Dang it is nice having 4x/20x/40x/60x/100x on one scope. I use 60x a lot, and when mixed with the 15x oculars.... I am pretty close to 1000x without oil, with good enough detail. On oil at 100x.... very nice ( 1500x )
And...... thats my views on Amscope. I am happy.