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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 5 days ago #14043

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Help me choose a USB microscope to $ 200 To photograph the cutting edge.
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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 4 days ago #14055

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I'd like to know the answer to this one too.
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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 4 days ago #14058

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Veho and Dino-lite seem to be the microscopes most used here. There are a few previous threads on them:

- www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...5459&Itemid=271#5460
- www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...t=10&Itemid=271#2386
- www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...2056&Itemid=271#2064

You may also want to consider a 60x or so loupe, which is easier to focus than one of the microscopes:

- www.wickededgeusa.com/index.php?option=c...1974&Itemid=271#1974
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Re:Help me choose a microscope 7 months 4 days ago #14059

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I am a little envious of the question. Lol. I don't even have a cheap magnifying glass yet :)

Can't help you there but happy hunting.

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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 3 days ago #14075

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at the dino wide range of microscopes. If you choose what kind of dino advise? Little surprised range of prices and models. As I understand it, the base also plays a role in achieving sharpness of the image.
I want to get better picture quality than this
This is possible with the dino?
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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 3 days ago #14076

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www.dinolite.us/products/accessories/dino-lite-stands/ms35b
www.dinolite.us/products/digital-microscopes/usb
I would suggest the stand then either a DINO scope or VEHO the expense is the stand not the microscope The microscope is next to useless without a proper stand.
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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 3 days ago #14079

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I'm also very interested in this thread. I'm looking to upgrade my blade imaging.

I have a Veho VMS-004. Says it is up to x400. But it just leaves me dreaming of my own scanning electron! :)

Actually, I wouldn't need/want to go that far -- on a daily basis. But going farther than my Veho I think about every day. Taking a flight, I brought home the SkyMall magazine because of this:
www.skymall.com/video-screen-microscope/...q=microscope&start=1

If it does what it says it does, this might satisfy me but I am far too hesitant to buy something through SkyMall. Don't know exactly why I assume my chances of being disappointed with a SkyMall purchase are sky high? Is this a "gimic" microscope? If not it might hold good promise.

I've been looking casually around here for something similar. Casually because I'm not close to buying yet. But, anything I've seen that delivered similar specs and the kind of details I want at the size/resolution I want was a lot more money than the SkyMall model.

I'm also looking into trying to live stream my old Sony digital camera to my computer monitor. It has a pretty good macro feature with zoom. It might get me the "live action" images I'm hoping for.

Saw this article too that may hold promise in the not too distant future.

www.kurzweilai.net/how-to-build-a-low-co...d36c508293-282126373

Good hunting. Let us/me know how your research is going.
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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 3 days ago #14081

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A USB port (cable included) allows you to download content to your computer; works with Windows 7, Vista (32-bit version only), and XP.
Only thoughts here is it seems firstly Limited to Windows - 32bit only so it only seems to work with old computers since most now are 64 bit plus no mention of Mac .
The other limiting factor is I am not sure that one could view any edge viewed from an angle .
I am certain Clay could give more of an insight into high mag USB microscopes his pictures he has taken with his edge retention experiments are pretty high magnification .
One final thought to consider is at what point of magnification does an edge become unrecognisable ?
I will be interested to see what you eventually get and what is considered the useful limit of mag to view an edge.
The price is very reasonable I have to admit.
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Help me choose a microscope 7 months 3 days ago #14085

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I do like the Dino-Lite scopes, very easy to use and good quality optics. The stand is imperative. AmScope makes a lot of different models that are good too, considering the quality and cost though they are a significant step up from the Dino and others in that range. I'm not sure that getting something over 500x and under 6000x is very useful for most of us. The depth of field is so small at higher magnification that it's tough to get a clear picture of the edge without good software and a pretty stout computer.
--Clay Allison
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Re:Re: Help me choose a microscope 7 months 2 days ago #14088

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Here is another option, depending on how far you want to go - it is one similar to one Clay turned me on to. It works with your phone. This is the apple 4 version. If i grabbed the right link it is 60-100x and uses your phone camera for still or video. Tried the iPhone 5 version on a friend's phone at G5 and it worked great. Lighting is a little touchy on this model but images were nice and clear. (BTW turns out the iPod touch case puts the camera lens in a slightly different spot from the phone so it won't fit your iPod :( )

www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008IY9R7M/ref=mp...=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

I just got a universal one too, 45x, haven't had a chance to test it yet

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