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Celestron 3 MP LCD Handheld Digital Microscope
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- 2.4" full color TFT LCD screen
- Built-in 3 MP digital camera with 1x to 3.7x optical zoom, up to 54x magnification
- 128MB internal flash memory, with SD card slot for added storage up to 16GB
- Adjustable LED illumination
- USB 2.0 cable and soft carry pouch included
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|Package Height||5 x 5.9 x 7.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
New Innovation from Celestron! A handheld digital LCD microscope with a 2.4” LCD screen.
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The Celestron LCD Handheld Digital Microscope is a lightweight, portable microscope with a 2.4" color TFT LCD screen. A soft carry pouch is included so you can take it along on all your outdoor adventures. With an optical zoom of 1x to 3.7x and magnification up to 54x, it's great for viewing stamps, coins, bugs, plants, rocks, skin, gems, circuit boards, and more.
Use the built-in 3 MP digital camera to capture photos of your discoveries. Save them in the microscope's internal memory or add your own SD card to store up to 16 GB of photos. Connect the microscope directly to your Mac or PC to download your images.
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. 1. No tripod mount. I'm trying to use it to solder SMT parts, but there's no tripod (or any other!) mount to hold it still. Fixed with a 1/4-20 nut and hot glue, but....
. 2. Digital zoom on the unit is crappy (and edge-enhanced). Ya know, if you only have a 320x160 display on the top, you can get 4x zoom without any degradation (only look at the 320x160 pixels in the middle) -- don't scale it via software and enhance the edges.
. 3. Could these guys fix the battery door and put the +/- information somewhere?
. 4. Ditto for the SD card.
Other than that, it works pretty well. It works really well if you can rest the microscope on the subject (since it doesn't have a mount); and doing that unlocks the 40x zoom (if you're not on top of the subject, you can't focus at the 40x zoom).
After I taped the door closed, I proceeded to turn on the unit and setup operations to my like. All the functions appeared to operate as published and the video and still images are fairly good. The case is built a bit cheap and I feel it it were handle in any rough manner it could break. The LCD quality was good also, better than I have seen in this size before on other products. All in all, If you don't have a problem re-engineering the plastic battery cover to actually work well then the unit may serve its purpose. Would I buy another one? Probably not.
I used it for looking at mineral specimens, I balanced the battery cover on something solid, and tilt the microscope at a 45 deg angle, to get a steady focus, when you take the picture hold the pic button for 4 seconds and it takes the pic,no need to click the button, reduces the shakiness.
Battery cover, push down when sliding and stop after a 1/4" or yes it might break off, (Poor design) the battery markings are missing on mine.
To change the menu and shut off time, hit the M button then the down button while on picture mode,that brings up the menu. Read the instructions as there are several settings you can change. I put my pics on a SD card that fits in the unit, they are really clear on my screen, don't go by the little screen, (It doesn't do it justice) Here's a pic of some gold on quartz, and a Topaz I thought was a rough diamond (Wife says "Nope")
One more thing I noticed, on the quartz sample, it's appx 1.5" x 2" piece, the gold follows the vein down the face, the microscope will only focus on a flat plane, no depth of field, so everything past the surface will be fuzzy.
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I bought this as a gift for my granddaughter, but when we went to go use it to explore, it turns on for 2 to 3 seconds, and then turns off.Read more
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