microscope recommendations?

Hi all,

I am in the market for a fluorescence stereomicroscope and have about $20K to spend. Does anyone have any recommendations? I have a Nikon SMZ-10A with 1.5X objective right now and would like more working distance that this microscope has (53mm). It will be used primarily by undergraduates.

My department is also writing a proposal for confocal microscopy and would love to hear if anyone out there has a system that is user friendly and lower maintenance - again, we are an undergraduate institution and faculty will need to maintain this equipment and teach students to use it.


Beth De Stasio
Lawrence University