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Celestron 44340 LCD Digital LDM Biological Microscope
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- LCD Digital Microscope is a unique device that replaces the traditional eyepiece with a high resolution 3.5" (88mm) LCD display. This bright screen allows for clear viewing of microscopic worlds by individuals and groups alike.
- The LCD Digital Microscope's three objective lenses provide 40x, 100x, and 400x optical magnification levels. This combined with 4x digital zoom allows you to view objects at up to 1600 times their original size.
- 3.5" (88 mm) LCD Screen with 4x Digital Zoom. Built-in Digital Camera - 2 Mega Pixels - Acts as 10x eyepiece. Top and Bottom LED Illumination. Mechanical Stage - 3.5" x 3.5" (88 mm x 88 mm). 512 MB Internal Storage Memory
- SD Card Slot (uses optional SD/SDHC Cards up to 16GB). Five Prepared Slides. Six Position Color Filter Wheel. USB Cable for Transferring Images to a PC. AC Adaptor to Power the Microscope
- Carrying Case Included
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|Package Height||7.56 x 8.82 x 15.35 inches|
|Shipping Weight||7.05 pounds|
Digital biological microscope. View with 3.5" LCD screen, 40x to 400x Power and up to 1600x with 4x digital zoom, built-in 2mp digital camera, 128 MB internal memory, SD card slot, top and bottom LED illumination, mechanical stage, AC power cord, carrying case, 5 prepared slides.
From the Manufacturer
- Compound (Biological) Microscope
- 40 to 400 Power - up to 1600 Power with Digital Zoom
- 3.5" (88 mm) LCD Screen with 4x Digital Zoom
- Built-in Digital Camera - 2 Mega Pixels - Acts as 10x eyepiece
- Top and Bottom LED Illumination
- Mechanical Stage - 3.5" x 3.5" (88 mm x 88 mm)
- 512MB Internal Storage Memory
- SD Card Slot
- Five Prepared Slides
- Objective Lens - 4x, 10x, and 40x
- Six Position Color Filter Wheel
- USB Cable for Transferring Images to a PC
- AC Adaptor to Power the Microscope
- Carrying Case Included
- Weight - 51oz (1446g)
- Two Year Limited Warranty
Breakthrough in microscope technology!
Our LCD Digital Microscope replaces traditional eyepieces with an LCD Screen for easy and comfortable viewing for yourself and to share with others. The LCD Digital Microscope also features a built-in digital camera for quick and easy snapshots or short videos. Store captured photos and clips on the optional SD card or transfer them to your personal computer via included USB cable.
This innovative product combines advanced professional grade microscope features and an easy to use point and shoot camera. The Celestron LCD Digital Microscope is an ideal tool for up close examination of everything from stamps, coins and other common objects to specimen slides of yeasts, molds, cultures, fibers, bacteria and insects.
- LCD Screen
LCD Digital Microscope is a unique device that replaces the traditional eyepiece with a high resolution 3.5” (88mm) LCD display. This bright screen allows for clear viewing of microscopic worlds by individuals and groups alike.
The LCD Digital Microscope’s three objective lenses provide 40x, 100x, and 400x optical magnification levels. This combined with 4x digital zoom allows you to view objects at up to 1600 times their original size.
- Illumination, Brightness & Color
The LCD Digital Microscope is equipped with top and bottom LED Illumination, brightness controls and a six position color filter wheel that lets you get a bright and clear view of your specimen in any lighting conditions.
- Capture Stills and Videos
Once you’ve set up a perfect shot, the LCD Digital Microscope’s built in 2 Mega Pixel digital camera will help you take a vibrant, high resolution photo of what you see on the screen. When a picture is just not enough, the LCD Digital Microscope allows you to record short videos of the microscopic action.
Built in 512 Mega Byte memory provides ample storage for your pictures and videos. The SD Card slot allows you to expand the storage capacity with optional memory cards (sold separately).
To get you started, Celestron’s LCD Digital Microscope comes with five prepared slides of various microscopic specimens.
The LCD Digital Microscope also comes USB cable necessary to capture and transfer images and video to your personal computer.
- Carrying Case
Safely store and transport your LCD Digital Microscope and accessories in a padded storage case, provided FREE with your microscope.
2-year Microscope Warranty
CELESTRON TWO YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
A. Celestron warrants your micrscope to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for two years. Celestron will repair or replace such product or part thereof which, upon inspection by Celestron, is found to be defective in materials or workmanship. As a condition to the obligation of Celestron to repair or replace such product, the product must be returned to Celestron together with proof-of-purchase satisfactory to Celestron.
B. The Proper Return Authorization Number must be obtained from Celestron in advance of return. Call Celestron at (310) 328-9560 to receive the number to be displayed on the outside of your shipping container.
All returns must be accompanied by a written statement setting forth the name, address, and daytime telephone number of the owner, together with a brief description of any claimed defects. Parts or product for which replacement is made shall become the property of Celestron.
The customer shall be responsible for all costs of transportation and insurance, both to and from the factory of Celestron, and shall be required to prepay such costs.
Celestron shall use reasonable efforts to repair or replace any microscope covered by this warranty within thirty days of receipt. In the event repair or replacement shall require more than thirty days, Celestron shall notify the customer accordingly. Celestron reserves the right to replace any product which has been discontinued from its product line with a new product of comparable value and function.
This warranty shall be void and of no force of effect in the event a covered product has been modified in design or function, or subjected to abuse, misuse, mishandling or unauthorized repair. Further, product malfunction or deterioration due to normal wear is not covered by this warranty.
CELESTRON DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER OF MERCHANTABILITY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE, EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH HEREIN. THE SOLE OBLIGATION OF CELESTRON UNDER THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL BE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE COVERED PRODUCT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN. CELESTRON EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LOST PROFITS, GENERAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHICH MAY RESULT FROM BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY, OR ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE ANY CELESTRON PRODUCT. ANY WARRANTIES WHICH ARE IMPLIED AND WHICH CANNOT BE DISCLAIMED SHALL BE LIMITED IN DURATION TO A TERM OF TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ORIGINAL RETAIL PURCHASE.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
Celestron reserves the right to modify or discontinue, without prior notice to you, any model or style microscope.
If warranty problems arise, or if you need assistance in using your microscope contact:
Customer Service Department
2835 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA 90503
Tel. (310) 328-9560
Fax. (310) 212-5835
Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM PST
NOTE: This warranty is valid to U.S.A. and Canadian customers who have purchased this product from an authorized Celestron dealer in the U.S.A. or Canada. Warranty outside the U.S.A. and Canada is valid only to customers who purchased from a Celestron's International Distributor or Authorized Celestron Dealer in the specific country. Please contact them for any warranty service.
Top customer reviews
The Celestron is far superior to the Barska, yet at the time of this review the Barska was about $25 more expensive. Here is what I noted as different between the two:
*The case: Celestron comes with a nice, vertical, padded, fabric case. The Barska was in what seemed to me a cheapie, molded plastic case reminiscent of what you'd get with a cheap drill bought from the big box home improvement store. It is easier to use the vertical case, as you just slide the scope down in, put in the cord/wall plug close and zip it and you're ready to go. Additonally, this vertical case has a handle on top as well as a shoulder strap for easy carry. The Barska case was not so intuitive for putting the scope back in it took 3 tries to get it in correctly so that the lid would shut.
*The viewing experience:
---I hate to call it resolution, because they claim to be the same. However, the various items I viewed on each were always significantly more clear and easy to focus on the Celestron, using the 40x,10x, and 400x lenses. The digital zoom works nicely on the Celestron. I couldn't really tell if it was working with the Barska.
---Also, the menu on the screen for the Barska is not as intuitive - you go to "camera" to activate the viewing screen (huh?? - I'd of thought that was for taking pictures...) The Celestron defaults to the viewing screen, so you just have to turn it on.
*The slide holder and positioning: Forgive me for not using the appropriate names/terms to describe each part of the microscope - I'm not a lab tech. Anyways, The Celestron is FAR SUPERIOR in this area, as you can secure your slide in the clips, then there are two dials on the left side that allow you to move the entire slide platform left and right, front to back. This allows for much slower, more fine manipulation of the slide when viewing. With the Barska the platform is stationary, so you'd have to use your fingers and push the slide around to where you want it. If you are using the clips to hold it down you'd then need to use more pressure to get it to move than will allow for fine, minute, gentle moving of the slide. For me, this was huge. If I'm looking at a wet mount I need to be able to move it around to see what "critters" are in the sample so I know how the pt. may need to be treated (I'll be using this both personally and professionally...). If I have to use my finger to shove the slide around on the platform I won't have the delicate control & so it makes the job harder.
*Instruction manual: The Celestron manual is easy to follow and has multiple translations (English, German, Spanish, etc.) The Barska owners manual was seriously lacking and obviously not written by a native English speaker - someone not familiar with microscopes will be challenged figuring things out as the manual is no help. However, the Barska did have a CD in the case. It was completely unlabeled, so I have no idea if it was instructions, software to go with transferring images from the microscope or what, so perhaps it would have had some helpful information.
*Special & other features: I didn't test the picture taking features or using the optional SD card memory on either, so I can't comment there. However, the navigation on the Celestron was more intuitive. The Celestron comes with an adaptable plug that can pop in plugs for most nationalities (there's about 5 different ones in the case) The Barska had just a solid plug for standard Americas plugs. Both come with a small case of about 5 prepared slides to play around with. Both have the option of lighting from top, bottom or both. The Barska top light was on a bendable wire so that you could better focus it on the object being viewed, whereas the top light on the Celestron is not adjustable. However, the bendable feature didn't help the Barska at all, as no matter how I moved it the images on the Celsestron were brighter and more clear (as you'll see on the images I hope to upload...) I tried adding supplemental lighting to "brighten up" the image on the Barska, but it didn't help, so perhaps the darkness is related to something with the viewing screen instead(?) Hmmm - that one I just can't figure out.
Other than the details mentioned above, the two microscopes are quite similar. The Barska "looks" nicer because of the chrome detailing, however, that obviously doesn't make up for its poor performance when compared to the Celestron.
Summary: The Celestron doesn't have any black spots on the screen - ignore those older reviews. It is very easy to use, comes with a handy carry/storage case, and offers features the primary Barska competitor doesn't have. In addition, it has far superior performance compared to the Barska. Highly recommended!
So the short version is that this scope is AMAZING in terms of value and possibilities, but apparently depends upon whether one's individual scope is a lemon or not--something which seems to be born out by fellow reviewers. Hence, the ratings reflect a somewhat lower score on these regards, but not on the true delight a well-working device would definitely provide (nothing near this in this price range). Final words would be GO FOR IT-- but send it back @ first hint of lapsarian electronics (anything at all that doesn't work promptly or correctly).
There is a distracting dark patch in the center of the LCD. The spot does not show up when you record a video, so it must be a problem with the LCD. The company has not yet replied to my support email on this subject I sent 4 days ago. Paint on the objective lens housings is worn looking and there is a scratch on the upper illuminator's plastic housing. Because of these things, the finish of the microscope has a used look.
The photo and movie recording interface is simple and easy to use. There is at least one misspelled word in a menu which makes the interface seem unprofessional. However it records acceptably. The video it creates is in the Windows .wmv format.
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