Ellen wrote: "... just having the microscope sitting here at my elbow beside my desk: it's made a kid of me again. I have a lot of natural objets strewn about the house..." Ellen may I suggest you look at some seeds? What look like little black specs in the palm of my hand become intricate structures under the scope. In some cases the macro photos of seeds have shown me insight to clues how they may want to be sown, or whether they are viable. But, honestly, the reason I look at seeds up close is because it is fun! Glad you got such a great setup. - Gastil Santa Barbara, California where it is raining, finally.