The first thing you’ll need is a microscope, A microscope with 1000x magnification is a great start, so avoid any other types of microscopes that are marketed as toys or for kids. They won’t offer the type of resolution you need for your mushroom spores. with your microscope, consider buying glass slides even if they came with the microscope or not. Slides are very affordable and can be purchased online as well, plus a dust cover to protect the sensitive lenses of the microscope and extra illuminator bulbs to ensure you have very few distractions when you’re conducting your observations. To be on the safe side, also add a box of disposable lens tissues to clean your microscope in case of dust or grime. In total, your starting budget should be about $500, which is great for amateur microscopy.