How do I shop for high powered microscopes on a budget without getting a bad quality one?

I don't want to spend tons, (I'm thinking I can do about $250 max) and want a high-powered microscope. I would really like it to be bifocal (not stereo). I'd prefer at least a max of 1000x, if not 1600x. I want the microscope so that I can explore the world around me. Oh, and I'm considering certain biological fields for my career. Thanks guys!

ok like ChrysN said you could go on ebay do that but make sure it dosnt have something in fine print saying somthing like slight lense damage and it would be even better if the seller said you can send it back if it dosnt function properly.
ChrysN8 years ago
There are some on ebay for under $250 here.