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Celestron Amoeba Dual Purpose Digital Microscope - 44325
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- 10x, 60x and 200x magnification
- Built-in 1.3 MP digital camera
- Top and bottom LED illumination, 82 mm (3.2") diameter stage, coarse focus with dual knobs
- Plug-and-play with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and Mac OSX 10.4.6 or newer with included USB 2.0 cable
- Accessories included: 8 prepared slides, 4 blank slides, tweezers, needle probe, eyedropper, ULead photo capture software for Windows
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This dual purpose microscope is perfect for high powered specimen slide viewing or you can quickly set Amoeba to a lower power to view stamps, currency and more. You can even detach Amoeba’s tube for convenient handheld digital viewing of large objects. With its built in 1.3 MP digital camera, Amoeba allows you to easily snap photos or video and upload to your computer to save, send and share with anyone!
From the Manufacturer
The entry-level Celestron Amoeba Digital Microscope is a dual-purpose microscope that can be used as a low-power or traditional microscope for a range of applications. With magnification from 10 to 200x along with LED illumination above and below the stage, you can view 3D specimens or microscope slides easily. For even more versatility, detach Amoeba's tube from the stage for convenient handheld viewing of large objects.
A built-in 1.3 MP digital camera allows you to easily capture photos and videos of your discoveries! The Amoeba Digital Microscope is a fun, educational tool well suited for hobbyists and students alike.
Top customer reviews
It would be nice to have a stable xy table for a specimen base for easier positioning of tiny specimens, but that would move into a much higher price range. Hard to beat this for the price.
Great News! The microspcope is working in Windows 10 Pro.
Just do the following to install the drivers/camera app
1 Go to the Celestron Web Page find the microscope and click support
2 Download the zip File (About 450 Megs)
3 Extract only the folder that says drivers, you can put it in the desktop
4 Connect your device to a USB port
5 Go inside the folder
6 Execute the file U2CMIV1P11144-PCCameraDriver-V1.0-20111205 (You may want to do it as an administrator)
That will install the drivers for you plus an app called CamApp you will find the icon in the desktop
*** App told me that I need to restart PC, but mine worked without a restart ***
Thanks and Enjoy.
I bought this for my 9 year daughter, it's a great product for the whole family, we have fun, we can learn and be amazed by the small world, is not perfect but I'm very happy with it.
**** I remark this, you need a computer to have this thing working. ****
I have good experience with computers so the installation was smooth following some basic rules.
Pros, the order is not important:
- Techie looks, sitting in the computer desk is really intriguing, most of my friends asked -What's that?
- 3 amplification settings 10X, 60X, 200X
- Top and bottom led illumination, top illumination is a must to observe non-transparent objects.
- It contains prepared slides, some are very good like the onion bulb skin, some others are not that great.
- Power is provided by the USB, so you don't need and external power adapter.
- You can detach the body of the microscope to look things that can't be prepared in a slide or larger objects.
- Worked out of the box with my Windows 7 desktop and even works in my Win 8 laptop (See Cons).
- USB cable is provided
- Mine came out of the box with 1024 X 768 resolution (I saw that in some other websites that resolution is 640 X 480)...
- Adjustment of the lens is just coarse it can be difficult for small children to focus correctly they need practice and patience.
- It has a very bright white led to show that is connected.
- It has a capture button that does nothing
- Manual is very basic
- USB cable probably is not long enough if you have your CPU under your desk.
- When installing the software I got errors trying to install the whole suite, actually you just need to install the camera driver and app, no need to install all the other image edition stuff, you can capture a photo or do a video with the app and then use some freeware app.
As you can see the cons are more like a wish list than real issues, the coarse adjustment is why I recommended this for children over 9 they have better control/coordination of the hands, please have in mind that is an optical precision device and is made from plastic so needs good sense of care.
The image is very clear and because it's digital, can be recorded. My son and I can record images from this microscope onto a computer. These digital images can be projected via an overhead projector, added to a PowerPoint presentation, or printed.
I highly recommend this microscope both to teachers and to families who enjoy participating in their children's science education.
Pros: inexpensive introductory microscope to expose kids to science.
-easy to use
-great for elementary/middle school beginner science projects
-dual lighting above or below the slide (or both)
-easy focus at 10x and 60x
-great if kids want to see what something looks like really big.
-200x is very difficult to focus, but for most things 60x worked better anyway.
-It is very light due to plastic base. A heavier base would make it more kid-friendly and easier for a kid to use solo.
-I do not understand why they would design in a 'capture' button that does not work. Says right in manual that this button doesn't work. Seriously? Why would you ever do that?
All in all this is a great tool to get kids interested in science and use on household objects (dead flies from the garage window). If you are trying to do any real lab work, this microscope is not for you, but that isn't what it is designed for. But if you have inquisitive kids, for the price you can't beat it.
However, forget using it with your Mac. No can do, even with the most recent OS. PC only.
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