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Celestron 44302 Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope 2MP

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  • USB-powered handheld digital microscope with 10x to 40x magnification (up to 150x on some monitors)
  • Built-in 2MP digital camera for capturing images and videos
  • 6 LED ring illuminator
  • Use the included Windows software to capture images and video of your discoveries. Measure your specimens with built-in measurement tool.
  • Computer requirements: CD/DVD drive and USB 2.0 port. UVC plug-and-play with Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Also compatible with Mac OSX 10.4.9 and above (without measurement feature).
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This innovative microscope design allows you to view specimens or objects on a computer screen and allows you to take snapshot images or short videos. A rugged, metal stand is included for holding the microscope steady at various positions for viewing and/or imaging.

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Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope (item #44302-A) Item #44302 A/B

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Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope - General Features
  • Handheld Digital Microscope Powered by a 2.0 USB Cable
  • Digital Camera - built-in 2MP for Snapshot Images and Videos
  • Power - 10x to 40x and 150x
  • LED Illumination
  • CD-ROM - Software for Basic Image Capture and Organization as well as Simple Measurement Function (on Windows based operating systems)
  • Computer Requirements - UVC Plug and Play with Windows 7, Vista, and XP and MAC 10.4.9 and later, CD/DVD Drive and open USB Port
  • Size - 4.25"x1.25" (108 mm x 32 mm)
  • Weight - 4 oz (113 g)

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Great product for teens as well as adults for education, discovery, work and fun.

This innovative microscope design allows you to view specimens or objects on a computer screen and allows you to take snapshot images or short videos.  A rugged, metal stand is included for holding the microscope steady at various positions for viewing and/or imaging.

The microscope is ideally suited for examining objects such as coins, stamps, rocks, relics, insects, plants, gems, circuit boards, various materials, skin and many other objects.  Also, you can examine specimen slides at low and high powers.


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Product Dimensions 1.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B004QF0A1Y
Item model number 44302-B
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
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3.8 out of 5 stars 446 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,499 in Camera & Photo
#21 in Camera & Photo > Binoculars & Scopes > Microscopes > USB Microscopes
#167 in Industrial & Scientific > Test, Measure & Inspect > Inspection & Analysis
Date first available at Amazon.com November 7, 2010

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The image quality is good and I can use this camera / microscope on my Mac under OS Lion with the Photo Booth application. The illumination is good and the sharpness is good. At higher magnifications, it is a challenge to focus since there is not a rack and pinion type of focuser. You have to just make small adjustments to the stand or what you are observing. Since depth of field is shallow this can be tricky. The device is not parafocal. That means that different zoom levels require different focus positions. Yes, these are problems but overall this is a great way to see small things on your computer with reasonable quality.
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This digital microscope can be useful in a number of contexts, such as looking at coins, reading very fine print on labels or instructions, and exploring the barely visible world around you. However there are two issues I would warn other potential purchasers about. On things like coins or other reflective surfaces, it is difficult to get the light adjusted so that details can be viewed. The light from the LED source cannot be adjusted and is so close to the object being viewed that the view is either washed out completely or greatly degraded. For non-reflective surfaces like paper, it is not a problem.

The second issue is Mac compatibility. Although the promotional material indicates it can be used on a Mac, that is only partially correct. What I learned over a period of several months exchanging emails with Celestron technical support and speaking to them on the phone is: the product was designed to be Mac compatible. In the manufacturing process, some units were completed according to specifications and are functional. A second run of the scopes were not compatible out of the box, but with a great deal of manipulation in Quicktime, Image Capture, iChat, or PhotoBooth some people have had limited success and you can read their stories in various forums. However, a significant number of units simply are not Mac compatible at all. They were mis-manufactured. Unfortunately, while Celestron continued to indicate that they were "trying hard" to create a software patch to "avoid replacing the units bought by Mac owners", they were in fact running out the clock. After more than six months (as of April 2011) they admit some of the scopes don't work with macs and "We are still working on the fix and we are not sending replacements or different products at this time -specially if they won't work on a Mac." So no fix and no replacement.

If you have a Windows product and aren't affected by the inability to control the light source it might work for you. Buyer beware.
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I bought this recently so that I could take close up images of sections on coins that are in my collection. I have read in several places online that it is difficult to focus this digital microscope. I can't agree with that. Mine focuses easy and takes great pictures close up on coins. If you are looking for an easy way to capture images of very small areas (such as the steps on Monticello of the Jefferson nickels), look no further, this product does a wonderful job at a very reasonable price.
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Needed a digital microscope and I needed it fast for an upcoming technical assignment. Was hesitant to order the Celestron 44302-A after reading some of the other reviews, but I took a chance. Placed my order with next day shipping and crossed my fingers. Unit arrived on time and intact. After opening the package my initial reaction was positive. For the price (including next day shipping) it appeared to be reasonably thought out and well made. The microscope stand had sufficient weight, was well designed and easy to use. Followed the instructions (for a change), loaded the software and plugged the USB cable into my laptop. Presto! Within a few minutes I was capturing images at various magnifications. Provided software was pretty straight forward and intuitive although a little light on features. With a little practice, I found focusing the microscope very easy and was able to capture still shots using the trigger on top of the unit. Be advised that there is a slight delay after the trigger button is pushed until the image is captured, just be patient. The only drawback I have been able to identify is that the level of illumination from the LED's is fixed which tends to wash out some lighter / reflective surfaces. But per the instructions (just a few pages and worth reading) the unit can be angled to effectively eliminate the glare. Program includes a measuring tool that is also easy to use and will come in very handy. Electron microscope it is not, but all in all it appears that this device is exactly what I needed and will give me years of reliable service. Yes, I would recommend it to my friends!
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The microscope works fine, and the interface with the computer is fine, but actually using the device to look at things is not easy. The zoom control is cumbersome to grasp and its movement is very stiff. Consequently, you must grasp the microscope with both hands - manipulating this stiff zoom control while simultaneously moving the thing around to get the subject in focus.
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This item has generally good build quality - excellent for the price. The optics give good pictures. The included software is basic, but works well on Windows. The biggest barrier to making good use of this item is thinking of it as a traditional microscope. The measurement tool in the software and a slight hesitation on the zoom ring give the biggest clues. As far as I can tell, the microscope both focusses and zooms at the same time. If you set it down on a flat surface, and focus on the surface you find that it focuses only at two different zooms/magnifications. These are where you can make measurements. Clearly the zoom/focus are working together from a midpoint on the zoom dial. As you zoom in or out from these measurement magnifications, you can indeed get sharp focus at a wide range of different magnifications, including low magnification on an area like a thumbnail at a reasonable distance. The included stand makes all this relatively painless. High magnification is a little tricky and loses contrast, and it may require removing the clear plastic piece. There are two oddities though. I have no problem with these for the price, but they are odd. First, I've got two of these and neither focuses on anything zoomed all the way out to low magnification. Second, there is quite a delay when taking photos. As a result, you really need to have it mounted on a stable stand when taking photos. The name handheld should therefore be removed from the name in my opinion.

There is one very messy problem - Mac support. I had no problem with the included software windows XP. It even worked with windows running on Fusion 3 on my mac. But this didn't work at all with my macbook pro on Mac OS 10.6.8. I tried Photobooth, iChat, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro 10.0.1.
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