Well she bit the bullet and spent the cash. Here it is:
It's a Leitz Wetslar 'Dialux' with 12.5x wide angle eyepieces and 100x, 40x, 25, 10, and 4x objectives giving a magnification range of 50x to 1250x
Did she pay too much? I don't think so at just $10 :-) Mind you, based on the serial number it was made in about 1973 and I've had to pay a whopping $18 for a new light bulb. Still a bargain!
As far as I can tell everything else seems OK with it so here's hoping all is well when the bulb arrives. Now I need suggestions on what to use it for. A collection of animal hair samples perhaps? Any other suggestions?
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