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Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope Pro
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- True 5MP sensor to capture and save high-resolution images and videos of your specimens
- 5-Element IR cut high-quality glass lens with 20x to 200x magnification, great for low-power observation of 3D specimens (Note: Final magnification determined by monitor size)
- Professional, adjustable height stand included for hands-free operation
- 4 foot USB 2.0 cable for easy maneuverability when viewing large surfaces
- Intuitive software with measuring features, Windows and Mac compatible
- NOTE: This microscope will NOT work with “Enterprise” versions of Windows OS
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Handheld Digital PRO Microscope
connects directly to your computer via USB to view & record amazing microscopic images.
Features and Benefits
Connect directly to computer via USB
The Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is Mac and Windows OS compatible making saving and sharing videos and still images easy.
One hand use and easy focus
The Handheld Digital Microscope Pro can be manipulated with one hand and easily focused using the barrel focus wheel.
Shutter trigger on cord
5 mega pixel resolution! To ensure a stable image, the shutter is located on the USB cord. Simply press and record.
Adjustable, weighted stand included
The included stand has multiple adjustments and a lock to ensure steady viewing and image taking.
Celestron Micro Capture PRO software is compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems and allows for capturing still images, video and time lapse videos.
Measuring and note taking feature
With the measuring feature of the Capture PRO software and the included calibration ruler, you can take measurements and make notes on the still images that you capture.
Multiple accessories included
The Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is ready to go out of the box and includes, microscope, stand, software CD, cleaning cloth and calibration ruler.
|Magnification||10x to 200x||4x to 160x||1x to 54x||10x to 120x|
|Video Format||VGA - 30 FPS||VGA - 30 FPS||VGA - 24 FPS||VGA - 30 FPS|
|Photo Resolution||2592 x 1944 pixel array||2592 x 1944 pixel array||2048 x 1536 pixel array||2592 x 1944 pixel array|
|LCD Screen||3.5” Full color TFT||2.4” Full color TFT||3.0” Full color TFT|
|USB connect option||✓||✓||✓|
|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Package Height||5.4 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.98 pounds|
Our popular Handheld Digital Microscope line rises to a new level with the Handheld Digital Microscope Pro including adjustable-height stand. This easy-to-use microscope is perfect for viewing stamps, coins, and other small objects at magnifications up to 200x. The Handheld Digital Microscope Pro is extremely versatile - use it in handheld mode to view large object surfaces and access tight spaces or use the included adjustable stand for smaller objects. View the images from the Handheld Digital Microscope Pro directly on your PC using the provided software, and save the 5MP images or 30fps video to your hard drive.
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Some of the comments about "Blobs" or reflections or artifacts are actually typical of bits of dust. A Swiffer duster will clean much of this up in seconds.
I do knife sharpening as a retirement hobby, and I use the scope for checking for scratches, chips, nicks and level of polish.
Understand that these are not true microscopes, but are high-magnification video cameras. Imaging is processed from the video stream, not like a photograph. Modern digital cameras do the opposite.
My prior 'scope has a similar thumbwheel adjustment built into the housing, which varied the magnification. The Celestron doesn't have variable magnification; it's fixed and is adjustable in the software, which simply crops the image. The resolution is based on the full image, so if you zoom in, it's like using digital zoom on your little Nikon Coolpix camera. The Celestron thunbwheel adusts the actual projection of the camera lens axially with the housing as a fine-adjust tool to focus.
Hoping that a 5MP camera would be better than my 2MP camera, I was disappointed to realize that setting up for the higher resolution didn't improve the image on my screen. Silly me, I would need a hi-res screen. But capturing images at the higher res resulted in blurry images. Disclaimer here: I use the camera primarily in the handheld mode. If I had a good image on the screen (the basic 2MP is actually better than HD video) and captured an image, apparently the software uses interlacing to fill in the other 3MP. Meaning that it actually has to take more than one frame of video to produce a higher resolution image. In handheld mode, that means a blurry image. I haven't yet tested for true 5MP imaging with a fixed mount.
All that said, this camera has some major improvements over the no-name I have been using. With its fixed magnification and adjustable focus I was able to set up for my particular use. I adjust the focus point to fall on the plane of the face of the clear plastic shroud. Then I can touch the camera to any reasonably straight component and immediately have a near-perfect focus. I can tip the camera to lay the shroud flat and centered on a knife edge and slide the camera along the edge, watching the video of the edge as I pan along the edge. Nice! I can even take videos, but the file size is huge!
The no-name (Veho) image capture button is on the housing, making it nearly impossible to get a clear image without disturbing the camera. I had to use the "print screen" key and then paste the image to some other software. A very time-consuming process. I use Corel's version of Photoshop.
Unlike the others, Celestron provides a cable-mounted capture button, the housing of which also holds a thumbwheel dial for the LED brightness. No disturbing the camera! Very nice!
The fixed magnification image shown on my screen is comparable to my Veho's max magnification of about 185X (not the advertised 800X). I don't need more power so much as a clearer image of my knife edges.
Also nice is the calibration method provided. This makes it easy to measure objects on the screen. I was able to measure "scratch lines" down to within few microns. I did find a glich in that the dimension of a measurement is unreadable because of the font size when you are zoomed in.
The software could use some other improvement, but is vastly better than the no-name. The instructions are supplied as a .pdf file which was only a dozen or so pages. Some sections could use clarification and a forthright explanation of the video and image capture would be helpful. It would also be nice if I could change the color and font of the measuring tools. Under certain lighting conditions, it simply disappeared.
BTW, I was able to also run my old camera on the Celestron software, You have to restart the software after you plug in a different camera. I haven't played with it yet to test the hybrid performance. Maybe I'll find situations that would dictate one camera over the other. 12/2015 edit: The non-Celestron cameras seem to work with the software, but you can't capture images
12/2015: An update after a couple of years of use:
Celestron says it's a fixed magnification, but actually I've found that these cameras (the tubular kind) have a single lens which is moved closer or farther from the 5MP sensor to focus. The closer the lens is to the object, the greater the effective magnification. I use it at a fixed focal plane - the face of the shroud, which I rest on the knife edge. I've found that all these cameras have two positions at which they will focus on a given plane. For me, on my 21" monitor, this is 50X and about 160X. I've learned that for my use (knife edges) 50X is perfect. Some depth-of-field, easy focus. On further study, I don't think the rez is boosted by interlacing. I think it really is 5MP, but yes, 2MP is all you need for any HD monitor. To use 5MP, you need to save to a JPEG and zoom in to the level you want. Frankly 5MP isn't much better than 2MP.
I'm not sure why other users have had issues with the software, but I have used the product on my Windows 7 desktop and laptop with no issues whatsoever. The only thing I may have done differently was to go directly to Celestron's website to download the newest software. Calibration was quick and easy. I just took some pictures using the calibration tool (AKA a ruler) and had the microscope set in the matter of a minute.
Overall, a great tool that has made my classroom that much better.
Edit 10/3/2014: After having used this for a period of time, I have some changes to my initial feedback:
1. Calibration, while quick and easy the first time around, quickly becomes a pain when you have to calibrate every. single. time.
2. For minute details, a low quality optical microscope would be better, simply by virtue of being able to control lighting conditions as opposed to super-bright LEDs (even if they can be adjusted).
3. Software support for Mac is mediocre at best.
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