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Celestron 5 MP LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope

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  • Digital microscope with 180° rotating 3.5" LCD touchscreen
  • Built-in 5MP digital camera with CMOS sensor for capturing images and video with 1 GB internal memory and SD card slot for optional SD cards up to 16GB
  • Quadruple nosepiece with 4x, 10x, 20x, and 40x objective lenses, 4x digital zoom, 40x to 1600x total magnification
  • 3.5" mechanical stage, coarse and fine focus knobs, top and bottom adjustable LED illumination, 3-position diaphragm
  • Includes USB 2.0 cable, universal AC adapter (also accepts 4 AA batteries for field use), 7 prepared slides, touch pen, soft carrying case, dust cover
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Product Description

Celestron has developed the first digital LCD microscope with a 3.5" touch screen panel that is also rotatable 180 Degree for sharing the view on the screen. Also comes with a built-in digital camera, so you can take snapshots or video using the built-in flash memory or use an optional SD Card and then later upload your images to your computer.

From the Manufacturer

The professional-level Celestron LCD Digital Microscope Deluxe is a touchscreen LCD microscope with advanced features at an affordable price. Offering 4 fully achromatic lens objectives, a mechanical stage, 3.5 inch TFT full color touchscreen, 5 MP camera, and 1 GB of internal memory, taking high-resolution images of specimens has never been easier.

The LCD screen rotates 180 degrees so you can easily share your discoveries with others. With magnification from 40x to 400x (and up to 1600x with digital zoom), it's ideal for viewing a range of cellular specimens on slides.

Great for the discriminating professional or serious hobbyist, the LCD Digital Microscope Deluxe with touchscreen is a tool that is well suited for labs, schools, and research institutions.

Product Details

Style Name: 44345
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5 x 13 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • ASIN: B00369V2E0
  • Item model number: 44345
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 28, 2010

Customer Reviews

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As a home schooler, I am always collecting bits of technology to implement the learning curve of the bright little minds. This scope perfectly overcomes the limitations caused when your students have glasses or sight problems. They can gather around it and turn the LCD to share discoveries.

The build quality is satisfactory, every function works as described. Some reviews claimed to see dark spots on the screen. I found nothing of the sort. There were some dark bubbles in the thin plastic film which was screen protection in shipping. Maybe they didn't know to remove the plastic film? As with any lab tool you have to keep the lenses and slide environment very clean.

Gripes: The largest magnifier has to get VERY close to the slide to magnify contents. This means that the light from the top LED gets obscured. This somewhat limits the ultra magnification to things like thinned liquids or transparent objects that can be back lit. Other scopes have a moving stage area instead of little metal arms that this one has to move the slides around. The movement left and right or front to back of the slides is not very fluid and feels like cheap plastic bushings or something.

Likes: The carry case is well made with a shoulder strap. The seven included slides provide good contrasts of color and sample variety. I will be purchasing more along with some blanks. We were able to identify and view individual blood cells, bacterium, plant cells and the like. With some practice we got scary up-close with a sugar ant. In the LCD Deluxe Digital Microscope, Celestron has nailed a good balance of features to educational value.
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I've had one for 6 days and it's great for 40x to 600x views of the pond scum from buckets in my yard. I've seen and video'd cloning of verticella. Also saw rotifers, paramecia, and lots more. The video files are saved as .avi files, and can be edited with both PC and Mac editing programs. The scope is Plug n Play with both my Windows 7 64-bit, and my Mac Snow Leopard. I can easily edit videos with my Sony Vegas Suite. Mac Final Cut Express required an extra step of rendering before it could be edited, about as long as the original .avi clip.

In other words, this is a very flexible piece of hardware for education/entertainment.

The only flaw I've found is the lack of info about the microscope stage.

My personal very rough measurements are:

At 40x, the width of the field is roughly [est. eyeball +/- 10% ???] 1.5mm or 1,500 microns. That would translate with other objectives, to
40x screen width 1,500 microns
100x screen width 600 microns
200x screen width 300 microns
400x screen width 150 microns
600x screen width 100 microns

Other rough estimates: [Micrometers = microns]
One turn of the vertical knob is about 20mm/20,000 micrometers.
One turn of the horizontal knob is about 3mm/3000 micrometers.

So you can probably use those dimensions to guess actual size of microorganisms when measured with Photoshop or others.

My rating is a 5 for hardware and software. It loses a full point for absence of info on measurements. I did them myself, but take them with a grain of salt. Celestron should add these specs to theirs.
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I agree with J.D.P's review with one exception: J.D. did not mention that the upper light does not illuminate the key spot on the slide under the lens. The slide mechanical stage and the lens's obstruct the light beam casting a shadow over the viewing area. It works somewhat with the smallest (4X) lens but not with the other 4 lens's. In my opinion this is a serious design flaw. I am attempting to return the unit. The upper light is required for proper lighting in many cases.
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I did not purchase my Celestron 44345 microscope from Amazon but I thought I'd post a tip here for those considering this item. I originally purchased this microscope from Costco dot com. They had a great price but the scope had several problems: 1) the lower light flickered (apparently a common problem with Celestron microscopes) and that affected the LCD display, 2) the LCD display had problems with red, so that viewing red items caused pixels in the display to flicker, and 3) the stylus for the touchscreen was broken. I contacted Celestron and they advised to return the scope for a replacement. The feature set for this microscope is pretty unique and I wanted to find a replacement that worked, but based on the feedback here on Amazon regarding the regular (non-deluxe) version of the Celestron LCD microscope I was reluctant to order another sight-unseen because the flickering illumination issue seems to have affected quite a few. Unfortunately, I am in a state that does not have any Celestron microscope dealers where I could have inspected a scope, but I was able to contact a dealer in Oceanside CA who graciously tested one out to ensure it did not have any issues. It's a beautiful device and I am glad to have it. So, the tip is simply to consider a similar strategy if this scope interests you -- find a seller who will check it out. BTW, one of the included slides is an apple and that works well for the "red" test.
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