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Tasco 120x USB-Equipped Digital Microscope
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- 10x, 60x or 120x magnification
- Equipped with USB port
- Includes accessory kit with prepared and blank slides
- View the microscopic details of plants, animals and minerals on your PC monitor and even capture photos or videos
- Resolution (still photos): 1280x1024 pixels / Resolution (Video): 640x480 pixels per frame (via USB 2.0)
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What's in the Box?
- USB Microscope, consisting of the base stand and removable microscope tube
- USB Cable
- CD with USB 2.0 PC Camera application/driver (Windows only)
- Box of 12 slides (5 prepared and 7 empty slides)
- 4 Sample flasks (gum media (adhesive), Eosin dye, sea salt, brine shrimp eggs)
- Storage container and culture dish
- Plastic Tweezers
- Instruction Manual
- Power supply USB connection version 1.1 or later (5V)
- Data transfer USB connection version 1.1 or later
- Magnification 10x, 60x,120x selectable
- Image resolution RGB 1280 x 1024 pixels
- Video resolution RGB 640 x 480 pixels (with connection to USB 2.0 port)
- Recommended Age: 13 years & up
System Requirements (for PC computer):
- Pentium® III 800 MHz or higher is recommended for DV (Digital Video)
- Microsoft® Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 (software is not Mac compatible)
- 128 MB RAM (256 MB or higher is recommended)
- Monitor capable of displaying thousands or millions of colors (1024 x 768 pixels)
- Windows pointing device (mouse, etc.)
- USB 2.0 interface for highest possible video resolution (connection via USB 1.1 allows a maximum resolution of 320 x 240 pixels per frame)
Warranty: One year against defects in materials and workmanship
Top Customer Reviews
-Many of these inexpensive USB microscopes have no stand - this comes with a nice looking plastic stand with a built-in table and focus knob.
-The microscope can separate from the stand as a handheld inspection microscope.
-Microscope has 2 LED lights, overhead illuminating for large objects and underneath light for slides (most of these USB microscopes only have an overhead light)
-Microscope plugs into the stand to provide power to the secondary light
-Software installed quickly on Win7 - it is fairly basic, but works
-Software has sub-menu for special effects (color reverse, class, emboss, sepia) and also zoom
-Microscope has 10x, 60x, and 120x controls
-Microscope has hard button controls for light (off-top-bottom-both) and a snapshot hard button
-Video update over USB is not exactly live, but fast enough to do some basic work under microscope
-Microscope comes with 5 prepared slides (apple, broad bean leaf, hyrdrilla leaf, pollen, onion bulb skin). There are also 7 blank slides, a petri dish, brine shrimp eggs, sea salt, some dye, gum media for slides, and tweezers.Read more ›
The software needs to be installed before this works (not just plug and play). What is installed is an elementary screen with a few crude menus. It works but it looks like something programmed in a day or two. Nothing snazzy or professional about it. The default image size was bigger than my screen and resizing the window resizes the image, but it does not keep the aspect ratio, so it gets a bit distorted. The image is 1240 x 1024 (Which is the size of my monitor, but the menus and such take up space.) The software lets you snap an image and it is less than 200k on disk. You can also take a video, which is great, but because of the magnification they are inevitably blurry. Video size in the AVI format can be large, nine seconds was 166MB.
The image quality is surprisinly good. The light switch at the top toggles a light source from above, below, both, and off, so items are illuminated well. It is an LED, so there is a bluish hue. I was able to get decent images on all three magnifications. The focus moves the slide up to the microscope (normal microscopes move the lens down) so the subject gets jostled while focusing. Also there is not fine focus, so getting in focus at 120X can be a challenge.
There is a switch that allows one to take a picture by pressing it, as if it were a camera. Mine was broken (I can see it detached from the circuit board). It doesn't look like it was strong to begin with.
Overall, a decent device, but clearly (switch and software) there were many corners cut to bring this to market.Read more ›
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You can download both the application and the pdf manual from the Tasco website if you lose the CD that comes with microscope.
Attached to this review are some of the pictures I have taken. Looking at a slice of the skin, or membrane, of an onion's fruiting body (the bulb) shows the cells that can be clearly seen. They are rectangular and 0.25 to 0.4 millimeters in length. You can also clearly see the spherical nucleus in each cell, which doesn't have chlorophyll--making it easier to see. You can't see the 16 chromosomes that make up the nucleus of an onion cell with this microscope; you'll need about 400x magnification for that.
Now I have to preface this review by saying that I have used more than a few microscopes over the years. The simple ones everyone gets to use in lab class in school. (I actually own one of these). And digital microscopes at work which I use to take digital pictures and examine circuit boards and the components on them. And very nice stereo optical scopes that I use to work on extremely fine pitch circuits and IC's at work.
In order of descending perfection... These last are too rich for me to even think about buying for home use (thousands). The digital scopes at work are not cheap either... and yet they fall far short of the optical scopes for clarity and brightness (too bad). The humble school scopes... not bad for the price but we all know that they can be OCCASIONALLY frustrating when you are trying to do your biology homework and can't make out whether you are looking at a bubble or a paramecium!
All that prelude is as much as to say I should have expected, for this price, a child's toy that is so bad it is frustrating.
Luckily this product is better than that.
Pros: It is nice to be able to get instant digital snapshots. It has optional lighting from the top, the bottom or both. It is a single cable to the computer (no wall wart external power supply). The software is easy to install and to use (the "effects" it offers for distorting and filtering the capture would not seem so quirky in a webcam but in a microscope - well - no harm done.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Driver and Software are not operable for Windows 8 or 8.1.
In Windows 10, software operates, but driver does not. Read more
My son loves it and it shows great pics too!! Great for the curious person that wants a full view via computer and the still photo are great too.Published 15 months ago by Joy
My daughter loves the fact she can view everything on a computer screen rather than through a small eyepiece, which in my mind having fun is much more likely to get her interested... Read morePublished 16 months ago by CB
Will not work with Windows 8.1 must be old stock !
Send a note to Tasco They there is no new software to make it work !
Software was dated as old as 2007 !!
I found this at a local retal store at about 10% of the retail price and bought one. Having something to do simple experiments/exploration with kids in home school is great. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by M B
The kids had a great time playing around with this... it was easy to setup on the computer and we were looking a various objects within a few minutes. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by southernfool
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