I work at 15Five. One of the things 15Five strives for is an environment in which its team members can grow. 15Five puts money where is mouth is and gives each employee a birthday bonus; cash to fund growth as an individual. We can spend the birthday bonus however we like (gym, skydiving, meditation excursion, microscopes) with one stipulation: we have to report back to the team and share how we grew.
I have wanted a compound microscope for some time and could never justify the cost. And I never thought 'gotta do it for work' was going to be how I justified such a purchase.
With my birthday bonus I purchased a AmScope T490B from amazon along with all the necessary addons (sans my camera) to take photos of specimens under observation.
The microscope is fantastic and with my camera attached I can take and share some really sweet photos.