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Tasco 120x USB-Equipped Digital Microscope

by Tasco
3.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

Product Description

Tasco Digital 120x USB Microscope 780200T is a full featured package to give you a detailed view of the microscopic world. The Tasco Digital Microscope is image simple USB microscope, giving you the ability to view the tiniest of details on your PC monitor. The 120x USB Digital Microscope 780200 from Tasco can capture still images or take video of whatever the microscope is viewing. On top of it all, you can detach the digital microscope from the base and get an up-close view of objects that do not fit in a slide. The quality of Tasco microscopes is unmatched, designed to provide excellent performance in easy to use designs. Features: * Easy to use with impressive close up views * Detachable microscope head to observe the surface of larger objects * USB interface for viewing on your laptop or PC * Ability to digital record video and take photos

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By combining optics with electronics, Tasco’s innovative Digital Microscope will help you explore the natural world around you. Utilizing three objective lenses with powers up to 160x magnification, the microscope allows you to view the microscopic details of plants, animals, and minerals right on your PC computer monitor. Like what you see? This unit also features a built-in digital camera for saving snapshots and videos of your favorite specimens.

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

Specifications:

  • 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


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.1 x 6.5 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B004SRPDDA
  • Item model number: 780200T
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,629 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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By Joel Avrunin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 23, 2011
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I have used quite a few of these under-$100 USB microscopes, and none of them are truly stellar. If you search on Amazon, you will find other listings from the likes of Celestron, Carson, and others. Each one has a feature that sets it apart. For instance, the Celestron 44302-A Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope 2MP has a measurement function in the software, something lacking from the Tasco. So what sets the Tasco apart and where does it lack?

Strengths:
-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.
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This device is similar to one I ordered many years ago (the Digital Blue QX5), but that only works on Windows XP, so I was happy to see this one for use with Windows 7. I run mine on a 64 bit version of Windows 7 Pro.

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.
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The ocular, resolving eyepieces (at 10x, 60x, and 120x) are all inside a translucent casing and you can see the electronics inside that enables you to connect the microscope into a USB 2.0 port of your computer. The stage can be lighted from the top, bottom, or both. It has only a course adjustment knob for focusing.

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.
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I have to admit the other reviews on this product are varied. At the best I could hope for a device that would not only view the things I see in my old optical microscope but to actually capture the images to the computer most easily. At the worst a child's toy so bad it is frustrating to use.

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.
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