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Veho VMS-004 Discovery Deluxe USB Microscope with x400 Magnification & Flexi Alloy Stand

by Veho
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  • 2.0 Megapixel OMOS lens
  • Up to x400 digital USB microscope with snapshot and video capture and measurement software
  • On/Off LEDs for object illumination
  • Alloy Stand and Stand alone Capture Button
  • Tacton Rubber Touch Housing
  • Pc and Mac Compatible
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.3 x 8.8 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B002JCSCYI
  • Item model number: VMS004DELUXE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Handy desktop 400x magnifying USB Microscope

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Customer Reviews

Very clear picture and easy to use.
blueize
The stand that comes with it is OK, it does present a problem if you want to focus on an item from directly above.
MI-2-Cents
I am very happy with the purchase and recommend it for anyone thinking of using it for coins or what ever.
T. Wall

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I just bought this microscope and after some initial disappointment, because I didn't really know how to use it and the documentation that comes with it is almost useless, I am now quite pleased with it. There is some confusion in reviews here over what this microscope can do -- is it really a 400x power microscope? The advertising describes it as "Magnification: 20x - 400x (Plus digital zoom in 640x480 mode)" Does that mean it can continuously zoom from 20X to 400x? The manual that comes with it does not really tell you how to use it. So I did a little experimentation, and found that it really has two fixed magnifications, appx. 20x and appx. 400x.

There is a cylindrical drum you can twist for focusing the microscope. As you turn it an internal lens moves up and down the barrel, changing the distance to the specimen. On the drum, there's a scale, with markings from 20 to 400 on it, that is quite misleading -- it suggests that you can optically zoom continuously from 20x to through 400x. But that is not the case. Instead, there are two fixed magnification levels, one nominally 20x and one about 400x, corresponding to two different focus locations, and they do not correspond to the locations on the scale you would expect!

Using it at 20x power:

If you place a specimen, like a piece of paper, directly under the microscope and place the clear plastic end of the microscope directly on the paper, the 20x focus occurs when you turn the drum beyond the top of the scale, past the 400, then a little past the 20 mark as the scale starts repeating. At this focal point the internal lens is moved up the tube, far from the specimen. The field of view is 13.5 mm. You can then move the microscope farther from the paper, readjusting the focus as necessary.
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111 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Neal on July 22, 2010
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To start, I already own an $800 microscope that has a magnification of 400x, so I thought I would buy this after reading the magnification just to see how they compare, especially considering the price is so generous. I thought that after plugging it in, the magnification wouldn't be perfect, but it would at least be ball park. Not even close. In fact, its a down right lie. The maximum magnification that is claimed to be 400x is actually closer to 100x than any of the others I compared it to using the stronger microscope that I have. The clarity under that magnification is between fair and good, but not great. This is a neat piece of equipment, but it really is just a toy. It should not be considered by anyone that actually needs good resolution microscopy with a magnification greater than about 100x.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Math Teacher on March 19, 2010
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Paul gave a very good review of the product and a great mini-lesson on how to use it.

It is a great little toy to play with and is a lot of fun. However, I am a teacher and had hoped to use it in a more serious manner in the classroom. I liked the idea of being able to make on-screen measurements and unfortunately, that is the most lacking feature of the product. With my version of software, I am able to enter in a magnification of 400 while making measurements. It was pretty accurate showing .97 mm for one tic mark on a ruler. I know my degree of accuracy in drawing the line was certainly not within .03 mm so I am happy with the results. The reason I am rating it a 3 is simply because of the difficulty in this measurement process. Because the measurements can only be made at 0 distance (i.e. the object at 0 distance from the end of the clear plastic ring) it limits the types of measurements that can be made. For example the field of view at x20 is about 13mm as Paul points out. If I want to take a picture of anything bigger than a dime (or even a dime) I can't do so because a dime is 18 mm in diameter and won't fit in the field of view. If I back off a little bit and refocus, I can get an entire dime in the image, but then I have no means of determining the actual magnification ratio. Because this limits my use in a school lab setting, other than just capturing images and video which in itself is useful, I rate it down to a three. In all fairness, I don't know the capabilities of competing products such as the high priced pro-scope so they may all work this way.

Another issue is the funky stand that comes with it. It is too short and inflexible to be useful. It really needs to be twice as long as it is with a second joint between the two arm segments.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Morrison on December 26, 2010
OK, I received this for a present and was greatly disappointed by the scope. It turns out that there are two versions of the scope being sold, with v1 having buggy software and an inferior design. If you get the v1 scope (indicated by it having a single thumbwheel instead of one with two rings?), you cannot use it with Win 7 or Snow Leopard. But of course Amazon is still selling the v1 model. So here I am with a v1 scope that cannot be used on my MacBook and seems to not work under BootCamp'd XP. The actual build quality is decent, but the manual is anemic. There are also typos in the manual, website, and even the UI! This product was clearly not fully-baked when it shipped. The worst part is that the focus slips, so you can't just take your thumb off the wheel and expect the image to stay sharp at the highest magnification setting.

I have a case started with Veho, and I'm hoping they will RMA the scope and send me the v2. There is no need for this much confusion! I will revise this review if they resolve my problems.

**UPDATE**
Veho UK eventually responded and simply passed the buck. No advice on how to ensure that I get a v2 scope, and no offer to exchange the item on their own.

**UPDATE 2**
Veho UK decided to grace me with a solution and suggested that I buy the scope through their website. Turns out, it's significantly higher-priced there than at Amazon, and they offered me a meager discount after all this trouble. I sent the scope back to Amazon and now use the Carson orb instead. AVOID Veho!
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