One of my favorite sites is the ILCS page. Every month, they post a different liquid crystal micrograph. It really is an amazing resource. And I'm not just saying that because they just selected one of our images (of a Smectic F phase) as their picture of the month for October 2015.
For the sake of comparison, here are some images of the same microscope slide of adipic acid imaged using a "proper" microscope and camera:
To my mind, the fancy microscope+camera still gives the nicer images, but my impromptu microscope was cheaper by a factor of 100 (assuming you have a smart phone, which seems reasonable).