I am really keen to buy a microscope (just a hobbyist) and have been googling to find what to look/watchout for etc, but there seems to be a severe lack of info/reviews about particular scopes which makes it hard to know what scope to get. I was thinking there would be a wealth of info on the web but unless my google skills are faultering there doesn't seem to be. To make matters worse I don't even know where to buy one in Aus and there doesn't seem to be any websites from australian shops that sell them. I would like to buy one from a shop in my state incase something goes wrong or I need some help but I don't like my chances of finding one. BTW I'm looking to spend no more than about AUD$1000 (approx US$500-600) and would like 1000x magnification. A few possible choices Leitz SM/LUX binocular microscope, AO series 10 SPENCER, nikon e100, LOMO MULTISCOPE BMH4-BF. I have no idea whether or not these are actually available in australia. Any help would be appreciated, cheers.