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AmScope M158C-E Compound Monocular Microscope, WF10x and WF25x Eyepieces, 40x-1000x Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination, Plain Stage, 110V, Includes 0.3MP Camera and Software

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  • Digital compound microscope with integrated 0.3MP camera and USB 2.0 output for capturing or displaying images on a computer or projector
  • Monocular viewing head with 10x widefield and 25x widefield eyepieces, fixed 45-degree vertical inclination to reduce eye and neck strain, and 360-degree rotation capability to provide a more comprehensive view and enable sharing
  • Forward-facing nosepiece with 4x, 10x, and 40x DIN achromatic objectives that provide color correction of magnified images
  • Cordless and rechargeable, Brightfield, LED illumination, and 0.65 NA single-lens condenser with disc diaphragm
  • Plain stage with stage clips to secure slide and a stage stop to prevent damage to slides or objectives
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Technical Details

  • monocular
  • fixed-optics
  • all-glass-optical
  • usb

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B006FCI0G8
  • Item model number: M158C-E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 3, 2011
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Product Description

The AmScope M158C-E monocular compound microscope has a 10x widefield and 25x widefield eyepiece, a forward-facing nosepiece with three DIN achromatic objectives, Brightfield LED illumination, a 0.65 NA single-lens condenser, and a plain stage. The integrated 0.3MP CMOS sensor has a removable USB 2.0 output to capture or display still or video images on a computer or projector. The forward-facing revolving nosepiece has 4x, 10x, and 40x DIN achromatic objectives that provide color correction of magnified images. The monocular viewing head has one 10x widefield eyepiece on a fixed 45-degree vertical inclination to reduce eye and neck strain and 360-degree rotation capability to provide a more comprehensive view and enable sharing. A digital compound microscope is used for inspection and dissection specimens when two-dimensional images are desired, and where image capture, detailed records, or documentation is required.

The microscope includes a 0.3MP camera that has a CMOS color sensor for displaying still and video images, or streaming live video to a computer or projector. The Brightfield (BF) camera-type produces dark images on a light background. The camera can be mounted in any 23mm, 30mm, or 30.5mm eyepiece, and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (includes drivers). The camera includes a Windows-only compatible image capture and editing software package that provides still image and live video capture and editing. The software supports JPG, TIF, GIF, PSD, WMF, and BMP file formats. Editing features include stitching, EDF (extended depth of field), note insertion, and adding shapes and watermarks.

The microscope has lower (diascopic) Brightfield illumination that transmits light up through the specimen for enhanced visibility of translucent and transparent objects. Brightfield (BF) illumination allows the specimen to absorb light, resulting in a dark image on a light background. LED illumination provides bright, cool light for working with temperature-sensitive or live specimens. The 0.65 NA single-lens condenser and six-hole disc diaphragm control the amount of light illuminating the specimen. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young viewers. The plain stage has an opening for light transmission and stage clips to secure the slide or specimen in place while viewing. A stage stop prevents the stage or specimen from coming into contact with the objectives. The microscope has three AA batteries (sold separately) and a power adapter to allow the microscope to be used away from power sources. The solid-metal frame has a stain-resistant enamel finish for durability.

Specifications
HeadCompound monocular
EyepiecesWF10x, WF25x
Objectives4X, 10x, 40xS achromatic
StagePlain
Lighting configurationTransmitted (lower)
CondenserSingle lens
DiaphragmDisc diaphragm
Light sourceLED, 4.5V
Illumination typeBrightfield
Power110V/60Hz or three AA batteries

Camera Specifications
Resolution0.3MP
Image typeStill and live video
File formatsJPG, TIF, GIF, PSD, WMF, BMP
SensorCMOS
Mounting size23mm, 30mm, 30.5mm
Camera typeBrightfield
Computer connectionUSB 2.0
SoftwareWindows
CompatibilityWindows XP, Vista, 7, and 8; and Mac OS (Driver Free)

Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.

United Scope manufactures microscopy equipment and accessories under the brand name AmScope. The company, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Irvine, CA.

What's in the Box?

  • AmScope M158C-E microscope with plain stage
  • WF10x eyepiece
  • WF25x eyepiece
  • 4x DIN achromatic objective
  • 10x DIN achromatic objective
  • 40x DIN achromatic objective
  • (2) Stage clips
  • 0.3MP camera
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Software CD, Windows-compatible
  • Dust cover
  • Instructions

Customer Reviews

Camera works great using supplied software.
Marc Loren
The only problem is the instructions are a little difficult for them as there are no pictures to show what a "neck" is and so forth.
juleshir
Very solid construction and good build quality.
Scott Schiffmacher

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Marc Loren on March 12, 2012
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This is MODEL M150C-E. Outstanding optics, super clear images and a very solid instrument! I'm using Windows 7 x64 bit with no issues. Camera works great using supplied software. It has a super bright LED light that works on 3 AAA regular or rechargeable batteries or use the provided AC Adapter. It also has a great large focus and separate fine focus that is very smooth.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Syamal K Biswas on February 26, 2013
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I bought this microscope (AmScope 40X-1000X LED Cordless All-Metal Framework Full-Glass Lens Student Biological Microscope + Digital Camera USB Imager) new from AmScope through Amazon.com and got very quick too. There are a couple of things all newbees must note; otherwise you have to take trouble like I did.

1. After unpacking the box and connecting the power line, you may feel the light is not ON, even when you kept the switch in ON position. That is because you may need to set the power of the light in right intensity by moving the dial placed below the illuminating lens on your right side (almost near the bottom).

2. Next you also need to change the Objectives (one of the three lens - 4X, 10X and 40X) and focus the Eyepiece correctly to see any objects placed on the stage.

3. Associated Instruction may almost say nothing. Here are the things you need to get things going. For manual, going to AmScope's website directly is of no value, as you don't know the model number yet. Most likely your model (if you buy it from Amazon) is M150; but the supplied instruction manual will say it as XSP-116F (god knows why). Go to [...]
and download 150-Series-Complete-Manual.zip, for the real manual. Again this may be a little help.

4. Most likely your M150 will have two Eyepices - one WF10X that's attached with the main microscope. With that maximum you can get is 400X (10X with 40X). But you bought 40x-1000X microscope, right? You can get 1000X only if you change Eyepiece to WF25X (supplied). Changing Eyepiece is a bit tricky. You need to use supplied screwdriver - find the small screw below the Eyepiece's handle and replace the eyepiece. Or watch in the video in [...].

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on June 4, 2013
Hello, if you download the ProScope software, the camera that is included with this microscope will work on a Mac. You can find the software here: http://www.bodelin.com/proscope/software
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ethan P. on October 8, 2012
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We homeschool and we needed a basic microscope. This Amscope model exceeded our expectations.

The metal frame is solid. The focus mechanisms are precise. The LED light is bright. The software loaded without any problems.

However, I have a few nits to pick.

The microscope comes with three eyepieces. I think they are 2x, 10x and the digital imager.

In order to reach the higher magnifications (up to 1000x)or view images on a computer, you have to replace the 2x eyepiece, which is held in place with an Allen-type set screw.

An Allen wrench comes with the microscope, but the screw was tight and hard to remove. I just left the screw out to change the eyepieces more easily.

The digital imager and software do OK. The resolution is not great, but image capture is faily easy.

If we could have afforded it, it would have been nice to have the model with a mechanical stage. The stage is the flat platform that holds the slides. A mechanical stage allows you to make slight adjustments to the position of the slide, which is hard to do when you're just using your fingers.

All in all, we're very happy. We got our money's worth and more.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Boccio on May 27, 2013
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Being the type of person who enjoys different things at different times, I purchased this microscope so I could look at the world that I cannot see. I had an old USB microscope which was like 30 bucks and it did not look good even at 40x. This microscope is AWESOME to say the least. This microscope compares to the ones used at the local schools and one of the hospital labs in my area. The image is clean and detailed and lets me look at everything perfectly.

The only complaint I have, and it is not with the microscope itself, it is with the digital imager, is the low resolution. Once I installed the software from the disc and attached the camera, the computer recognized it right away and I was up and running within 5 minutes, most of the time was to install the software. The camera is only 640x480 so do not expect high quality images with it. Using it with the microscope at 40x, the picture is clear and I love it. Once you go to 250x, the image gets blurry because the camera cannot pick up the detail the microscope shows at this level and at 400X FORGET IT! I feel a 1.3MP or even a 2MP camera would be much better for the magnification that this microscope can achieve. I understand the cost would be more, but it would also be worth every penny.

I have no tried the 25x optic since the 10x shows me what I need and want to look at right now.

PROS:
High Magnification
Excellent Clarity
Easy to use
LED runs off batteries or AC power. I like the battery option so I can take it with me and make slides on the fly while out and about looking at things.

CONS:
USB Camera quality sucks for anything higher than 40x magnification. The microscope quality is what I was concerned about so no star reduction because of the Camera.
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