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Ample Scientific TCA-5.0C PACK 5.0 MP Digital Microscope CMOS Camera with Image Capturing and Processing Software, 2.2 x 2.2 Micron Pixels
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- Digital, 5.0 megapixel (MP), complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) camera for microscopes used with trinocular ports and eyepieces in education, research, and industry documentation applications
- C/CS-mount interface, adapter, and 1.8-meter USB 2.0 cable for camera connection
- 2.2 x 2.2 micron pixels, and high resolution output of 8 frames per second (FPS) (2048 x 1536) or 30 FPS (640 x 480)
- TCN 0.5 reduce lens with 23, 30, and 30.6 mm direct insert interface adaptors, and non-compressed image output to be viewed and recorded with included image processing TSView software
- Program controls include image size, gain, brightness, exposure time, and color for a variety of image processing capabilities
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|Size||5.0 MP, 2.2 X 2.2 Micron Pixels|
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|Brand Name||Ample Scientific|
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The Ample Scientific TCA-5.0C microscope camera pack has a digital, 5.0 megapixel (MP), complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) camera for microscopes, non-compressed image capturing and recording ability, a standard C/CS-mount interface, 2.2 x 2.2 micron pixels for high resolution output, and comes with image-processing TSView software. This digital camera for microscopes enhances object or image resolution, and can display an image on a monitor. It is commonly used for education, medical and scientific research, and for industry documentation.
This microscope camera features a high-resolution 5.0 MP CMOS color image sensor to manage noise reduction and image quality. It is used with trinocular ports and eyepieces, and connects to a camera with a 1.8-meter USB 2.0 cable. It has a one 2.5” micron sensor shows 2.2 x 2.2 micron pixels, and provides maximum resolution frame rate output of 8 frames per second (FPS) for 2592 x 1944 (horizontal by vertical measurement), and 30 FPS for 640 x 480. The camera supports both automatic and manual adjustment capabilities. It has a TCN 0.5 reduce lens with 23, 30, and 30.6 mm direct insert interface adaptors. The camera has a red, green, and blue (RGB) Bayer filter for color image acquisition. It has an 8-bit RGB pixel mode for depth and image display. Program controls include image size, gain, brightness, exposure time, and color. It has program image processing capabilities of crop, contrast, mirror, invert, rotate, flip, length, area, and angle. In addition to the TCN 0.5 reduce lens, the camera comes with a 0.01 mm micrometer, and a driver installation CD. TSView software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
|Camera||Digital, 5.0 MP CMOS|
|Software||TSView software compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7|
|Camera connection||1.8-meter USB 2.0 cable|
|Micron sensor||1/2.5 inch|
|Pixels||2.2 x 2.2 micron pixels|
|Maximum resolution frame rate output||8 FPS for 2592 x 1944 (W x H), 30 FPS for 640 x 480|
|Data transport and electrical input||1.8-meter USB 2.0 cable port|
|Lens||TCN 0.5 reduce lens, with 23, 30, and 30.6 mm direct insert interface adaptor|
|Pixel mode||8-bit RGB|
|Program control||Image size, gain, brightness, exposure time, and color|
|Program image processing capabilities||Crop, contrast, mirror, invert, rotate, flip, length, area, and angle|
|Operational temperature||0 to 60 degrees C|
|Storage temperature||-20 to +70 degrees C|
|Operational humidity||45 to 85%|
|Data interface||480 megabytes per second (MBps)|
|Overall dimensions||65 x 86 x 37 mm (H x W x D)|
H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.
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 viewing abilities. A trinocular eyepiece is used to output digital images to an internal or external device such as a camera or monitor. 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 use 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.
Ample Scientific manufactures microscopes, centrifuges, and other lab equipment. The company, founded in 1985, is headquartered in Norcross, GA.
What’s in the Box?
- TCA-5.0C CMOS Camera
- TSView software
- TCN-0.5 lens
- 0.01 mm micrometer
- Driver installation CD
Size: 5.0 MP, 2.2 X 2.2 Micron Pixels
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This in my opinion is a poorly executed retail product, with little to no documentation, the selection of the drivers is near impossible from the disk, the company web site has no details and it is also quite poorly done and there are no driver updates.
Although the mechanical parts seemed to fit perfectly I decided to keep my SLR intact on my scopes and just filter it through the bench laptop. This unit had some potential but the vendor in my opinion is not ready for prime time. It reminds me of Japanese equipment in the early 1960s before the understood the customer. Hopefully the can ramp up.
I wanted to use this to demonstrate real time slides and I was looking forward to the 5M capability. Pity.
I took it out of the package, put the appropriate adapter on, popped it on the occular tube of our microscope and it was ready. The only caveat here is that the driver does not work on some older Windows machines. The computer that I had intended it for (about an 9 year old model), the driver was not compatible with the internal bios. I tried another one year newer and it worked like a charm. This package comes with software for recording images, driver, camera, and tube adapters for one very low price. I have not owned it long enough to tell whether it will hold up over time but if this is like other little cameras we've gotten, it should last a good long time.
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