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Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope Pro

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  • True 5MP sensor to capture and save high-resolution images and videos of your specimens
  • 5-Element IR cut high-quality glass lens with 20x to 200x magnification, great for low-power observation of 3D specimens (Note: Final magnification determined by monitor size)
  • Professional, adjustable height stand included for hands-free operation
  • 4 foot USB 2.0 cable for easy maneuverability when viewing large surfaces
  • Intuitive software with measuring features, Windows and Mac compatible
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Celestron
  • Model: 44308

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00CMJ1I08
  • Item model number: 44308
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 29, 2013

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Celestron Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is an easy to use, low-power microscope with a 5.0 MP sensor for capturing photos and video of your discoveries. At low magnification, the Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is ideal for viewing stamps, coins, bugs, plants, rocks, skin, gems, circuit boards, and more. You can even view traditional slides at high magnification.

Create high-resolution images, VGA quality video, and time-lapse animations using the included Micro Capture Pro software. You can also take accurate measurements and make notes on your specimens using this intuitive software. An adjustable LED illuminator ensures your specimens are clear and bright, while the fully adjustable, professional stand allows for steady shots even at high magnification.

Intended for the discriminating hobbyist or professional, the Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is well suited for jobs such as entomology, industrial quality control, component inspection, medical investigation, scientific research, and forensics documentation—just to name a few.

Product Description

Our popular Handheld Digital Microscope line rises to a new level with the Handheld Digital Microscope Pro including adjustable-height stand. This easy-to-use microscope is perfect for viewing stamps, coins, and other small objects at magnifications up to 200x. The Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is extremely versatile - use it in handheld mode to view large object surfaces and access tight spaces or use the included adjustable stand for smaller objects. View the images from the Handheld Digital Microscope Pro directly on your PC using the provided software, and save the 5MP images or 30fps video to your hard drive.

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Customer Reviews

I opted for the much less expensive 2MP model.
Russell Pouncey
I immediately downloaded the latest software version from the Celestron website and was shocked to find that Windows 7 still did not recognize the device.
Sceptic1
The camera takes 1.3 MP images that are not very detailed and fuzzy, the 5 MP setting is the same resolution as the 1.3 MP only it is larger image.
DAVE Sr

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Guntheroth on September 26, 2013
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The Celestron Digital Microscope Pro does what it says, more or less. It puts a picture of small things on your monitor. The image quality of the camera is good. It comes with all the parts they promise. You might be able to get work done with it. But it fell short of my expectations. I paid a premium price to get a brand name product with domestic support instead of a Chinese import of unknown quality. I was disappointed by the value-for-money.

The fit and finish of the components were unremarkable, neither fragile nor particularly robust.

Focusing the microscope is a three-part chore; adjust the height of the arm on the stand to obtain an approximate zoom, use the fine-adjustment knob to obtain a fine zoom or sharpen the focus, adjust the focus ring on the camera to obtain sharp focus. This is fine for low magnification tasks like inspection, but very fiddly for high magnification. I found that the stand/arm/camera system was not rigid enough to reliably support focusing at high magnification.

The camera is easily removed from the stand to hold in your hand. But it's impossible to maintain an accurate focus in your hand. If you replace the camera in its stand, you must re-align its axis so your subject is right side up on the monitor. The software is laggy enough to make this challenging. If you adjust the stand height/zoom, or the camera slips in the stand (like when you're using the focusing ring), you must recalibrate the magnification to do measurement. The measurement function is thus pretty much a toy.

The ring of LEDs around the lens illuminates the visual field at high magnification, but at low magnification, it puts dots of light on the subject, with very strong reflection if the subject is shiny, like the calibration sheet is.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ken I. on July 10, 2013
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I have been using this product for roughly two months both in the classroom and at home and have found several great uses for it. Firstly, it has served its function as a microscope quite well, allowing me to capture very fine details to share with my students. Secondly, by outfitting a taller ring stand with a clamp, I can easily demonstrate dissection techniques to my classes without the need for a crowd of students around the dissection tray. Lastly, I got creative and proceeded to use the microscope as a sort of document camera (as I did not have one in my class at the time). Not exactly the ideal usage, but works well in this scenario regardless.

I'm not sure why other users have had issues with the software, but I have used the product on my Windows 7 desktop and laptop with no issues whatsoever. The only thing I may have done differently was to go directly to Celestron's website to download the newest software. Calibration was quick and easy. I just took some pictures using the calibration tool (AKA a ruler) and had the microscope set in the matter of a minute.

Overall, a great tool that has made my classroom that much better.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By tmeyer on January 15, 2014
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I purchased this 'scope hoping to have better luck than with one of the no-names (read Veho). Having had some experience with these USB scopes, I probably was able to better sort out the rash of complaints listed in the latest dozen or so reviews.

Some of the comments about "Blobs" or reflections or artifacts are actually typical of bits of dust. A Swiffer duster will clean much of this up in seconds.

I do knife sharpening as a retirement hobby, and I use the scope for checking for scratches, chips, nicks and level of polish.

Understand that these are not true microscopes, but are high-magnification video cameras. Imaging is processed from the video stream, not like a photograph. Modern digital cameras do the opposite.

My prior 'scope has a similar thumbwheel adjustment built into the housing, which varied the magnification. The Celestron doesn't have variable magnification; it's fixed and is adjustable in the software, which simply crops the image. The resolution is based on the full image, so if you zoom in, it's like using digital zoom on your little Nikon Coolpix camera. The Celestron thunbwheel adusts the actual projection of the camera lens axially with the housing as a fine-adjust tool to focus.

Hoping that a 5MP camera would be better than my 2MP camera, I was disappointed to realize that setting up for the higher resolution didn't improve the image on my screen. Silly me, I would need a hi-res screen. But capturing images at the higher res resulted in blurry images. Disclaimer here: I use the camera primarily in the handheld mode. If I had a good image on the screen (the basic 2MP is actually better than HD video) and captured an image, apparently the software uses interlacing to fill in the other 3MP.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam on August 26, 2013
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I use this for looking at coins. I also use it for counterfeit detection. This is a must for anyone who looks at coins a lot. This will cut down on the eye strain you get fom hours looking through a jewelers loop. This model has a dimmer switch on the led light which makes looking at proofs much easier. It can still a little tricky to look at coins already stabbed but it you play with the room lighting, you can see it much better.
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