I am not a scientist or anything or that sort. I am simply a person who is quite fascinated by small little things. It had been a dream since I was a child to acquire a microscope. It always looked so cool to me. And then I got it. I think it was about six months ago, and I do not for a second regret my decision to get it. I love it. Of course, it is just a normal old microscope, and I have not used any other microscope in my entire life, so it is very hard for me to give a comparison against other products. All I can say is that it works very well with all the parts function properly, not hard to figure out how to use, and it isn''''t that big a bulky, which of course is a definite plus to any product whatsoever.