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AmScope M158C-E Compound Monocular Microscope, WF10x and WF25x Eyepieces, 40x-1000x Magnification, Brightfield, LED Illumination, Plain Stage, 110V, Includes 0.3MP Camera and Software
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- Digital compound microscope with integrated 0.3MP camera and USB 2.0 output for capturing or displaying images on a computer or projector, compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10
- Monocular viewing head with interchangeable 10x widefield and 25x widefield eyepieces, fixed 45-degree vertical inclination to reduce eye and neck strain, and 360-degree rotation capability to provide a more comprehensive view and enable sharing
- Forward-facing nosepiece with 4x, 10x, and 40x DIN achromatic full-glass objectives that provide high-resolution color-corrected images
- Cordless and rechargeable, Brightfield, LED illumination, and 0.65 NA single-lens condenser with disc diaphragm
- Plain stage with stage clips to secure slide and a stage stop to prevent damage to slides or objectives
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The AmScope M158C-E monocular compound microscope has a 10x widefield and 25x widefield eyepiece, a forward-facing nosepiece with three DIN achromatic objectives, Brightfield LED illumination, a 0.65 NA single-lens condenser, and a plain stage. The integrated 0.3MP CMOS sensor has a removable USB 2.0 output to capture or display still or video images on a computer or projector. The forward-facing revolving nosepiece has 4x, 10x, and 40x DIN achromatic objectives that provide color correction of magnified images. The monocular viewing head has one 10x widefield eyepiece on a fixed 45-degree vertical inclination to reduce eye and neck strain and 360-degree rotation capability to provide a more comprehensive view and enable sharing. A digital compound microscope is used for inspection and dissection specimens when two-dimensional images are desired, and where image capture, detailed records, or documentation is required.
The microscope includes a 0.3MP camera that has a CMOS color sensor for displaying still and video images, or streaming live video to a computer or projector. The Brightfield (BF) camera-type produces dark images on a light background. The camera can be mounted in any 23mm, 30mm, or 30.5mm eyepiece, and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (includes drivers). The camera includes a Windows-only compatible image capture and editing software package that provides still image and live video capture and editing. The software supports JPG, TIF, GIF, PSD, WMF, and BMP file formats. Editing features include stitching, EDF (extended depth of field), note insertion, and adding shapes and watermarks.
The microscope has lower (diascopic) Brightfield illumination that transmits light up through the specimen for enhanced visibility of translucent and transparent objects. Brightfield (BF) illumination allows the specimen to absorb light, resulting in a dark image on a light background. LED illumination provides bright, cool light for working with temperature-sensitive or live specimens. The 0.65 NA single-lens condenser and six-hole disc diaphragm control the amount of light illuminating the specimen. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young viewers. The plain stage has an opening for light transmission and stage clips to secure the slide or specimen in place while viewing. A stage stop prevents the stage or specimen from coming into contact with the objectives. The microscope has three AA batteries (sold separately) and a power adapter to allow the microscope to be used away from power sources. The solid-metal frame has a stain-resistant enamel finish for durability.
|Objectives||4X, 10x, 40xS achromatic|
|Lighting configuration||Transmitted (lower)|
|Light source||LED, 4.5V|
|Power||110V/60Hz or three AA batteries|
|Image type||Still and live video|
|File formats||JPG, TIF, GIF, PSD, WMF, BMP|
|Mounting size||23mm, 30mm, 30.5mm|
|Computer connection||USB 2.0|
|Compatibility||Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8; and Mac OS (Driver Free)|
Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.
United Scope manufactures microscopy equipment and accessories under the brand name AmScope. The company, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Irvine, CA.
What's in the Box?
- AmScope M158C-E microscope with plain stage
- WF10x eyepiece
- WF25x eyepiece
- 4x DIN achromatic objective
- 10x DIN achromatic objective
- 40x DIN achromatic objective
- (2) Stage clips
- 0.3MP camera
- USB 2.0 cable
- Software CD, Windows-compatible
- Dust cover
Top customer reviews
1. After unpacking the box and connecting the power line, you may feel the light is not ON, even when you kept the switch in ON position. That is because you may need to set the power of the light in right intensity by moving the dial placed below the illuminating lens on your right side (almost near the bottom).
2. Next you also need to change the Objectives (one of the three lens - 4X, 10X and 40X) and focus the Eyepiece correctly to see any objects placed on the stage.
3. Associated Instruction may almost say nothing. Here are the things you need to get things going. For manual, going to AmScope's website directly is of no value, as you don't know the model number yet. Most likely your model (if you buy it from Amazon) is M150; but the supplied instruction manual will say it as XSP-116F (god knows why). Go to [...]
and download 150-Series-Complete-Manual.zip, for the real manual. Again this may be a little help.
4. Most likely your M150 will have two Eyepices - one WF10X that's attached with the main microscope. With that maximum you can get is 400X (10X with 40X). But you bought 40x-1000X microscope, right? You can get 1000X only if you change Eyepiece to WF25X (supplied). Changing Eyepiece is a bit tricky. You need to use supplied screwdriver - find the small screw below the Eyepiece's handle and replace the eyepiece. Or watch in the video in [...].
5. I haven't yet installed the software or change the additional Eyepiece (USB Imager) that is used to connect to computer's USB port, yet. I think that must be easy one.
6. To change the battery, you need to unscrew the cover at the bottom of the microscope. You would need the supplied ranger for that. I still don't know whether battery power will be drawn even if it is running on direct AC power.
Another thing: don't just buy the microscope; buy slides and cover glasses separately; they don't give you any sample glasses with this order. Also before you buy this, you may like to visit AmScope's website to see other alternate choices. Some may be cheaper than Amazon.com, too.
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It's a great starter microscope! Definitely recommended as a hobby or beginner scientist tool!
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