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Issues on Windows . . . not compatible with the Mac
on April 27, 2012
This digital microscope can be useful in a number of contexts, such as looking at coins, reading very fine print on labels or instructions, and exploring the barely visible world around you. However there are two issues I would warn other potential purchasers about. On things like coins or other reflective surfaces, it is difficult to get the light adjusted so that details can be viewed. The light from the LED source cannot be adjusted and is so close to the object being viewed that the view is either washed out completely or greatly degraded. For non-reflective surfaces like paper, it is not a problem.
The second issue is Mac compatibility. Although the promotional material indicates it can be used on a Mac, that is only partially correct. What I learned over a period of several months exchanging emails with Celestron technical support and speaking to them on the phone is: the product was designed to be Mac compatible. In the manufacturing process, some units were completed according to specifications and are functional. A second run of the scopes were not compatible out of the box, but with a great deal of manipulation in Quicktime, Image Capture, iChat, or PhotoBooth some people have had limited success and you can read their stories in various forums. However, a significant number of units simply are not Mac compatible at all. They were mis-manufactured. Unfortunately, while Celestron continued to indicate that they were "trying hard" to create a software patch to "avoid replacing the units bought by Mac owners", they were in fact running out the clock. After more than six months (as of April 2011) they admit some of the scopes don't work with macs and "We are still working on the fix and we are not sending replacements or different products at this time -specially if they won't work on a Mac." So no fix and no replacement.
If you have a Windows product and aren't affected by the inability to control the light source it might work for you. Buyer beware.