>I am in need of a CHEAP (yes I know they aren't) microscope. It does not
>have to be at all fancy but must be able to have an oil immersion
>objective mounted on it if not already present.
One source you may look into (this goes for educational institutes with
limited budgets as well) is military auctions and sales. Working in a
military clinical lab I see a lot of biomedical instruments and equipment
that is replaced and is still in good condition. These auctions sell just
ablout everything you can imagine.
Good luck Phil