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60x, 250x Digital Microscope with Suction Cup Stand and Observation Pad
Achieve up to 250x magnification using this Digital Microscope from Monoprice!
This digital microscope features two magnification settings, either 60x with a 5.6 x 4.2 mm viewing area or 250x with a 1.4 x 1.1 mm viewing area, using a 17" or larger monitor. The included software supports the ability to capture screen images, singly or at regular intervals at up to 1600x1200 resolution, so you can observe any movement or change in your specimens. It also supports video recording at a 640x480 resolution, for a full, real-time record.
It connects to a Mac® or Windows® PC with an available USB port. The included software is compatible with Windows XP and later (32-bit and 64-bit) and with Mac OS X® 10.4.8 and later, including support for Mavericks (10.9.x). It is compatible with both PowerPC®-based (G3, G4, or G5) and Intel-based Macs.
The microscope comes with a stand and an observation pad, as well as the software CD and the printed User's Manual.
- User's Manual (Apr 15, 2014)
- Windows Digital Viewer Software (Oct 29, 2014)
- Mac OS X Digital Viewer Software (Oct 29, 2014)
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|Connection Type||USB 2.0|
|Effective Magnification (using a 17" monitor)||60x or 250x (selectable)|
|Effective Viewing Area||
60x: 5.6 x 4.2 mm
250x: 1.4 x 1.1 mm
|Maximum Snapshot Resolution||1600 x 1200 pixels (UXGA)|
|Maximum Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480 pixels (VGA)|
|Dimensions||1.2" x 1.2" x 3.4" (30 x 30 x 86 mm)|
|Weight||3.5 oz. (99g)|
A lot of devices like this are either unlit, in which case arranging enough light for such closeups becomes a real chore, or they have super bright lights that wash out most images. The adjustable brightness of the LEDs means you can get pretty good color on very dark and very light colored subjects at both resolutions. This is great.
60x and 250x are two good choices for magnification. Since this is not really a microscope but a super-macro camera those aren't really the same ratings as you'd get with an optical microscope, but they're useful comparison. At 60x you can make your little fingernail fill the screen, great for big pictures of small objects. At 250x you can see the texture of paper or fabric and, lots of detail on skin, etc. You're not going to be able to observe microbes with this, but you can learn a lot and have a lot of fun.
The OS X software is a little odd, but only a little, and it gives you great choices. Time lapse photography was not mentioned in the product description, but I can't wait to try it out. You get a lot of control over the frequency of the shots.
A lot of microscopes have fussy focus mechanisms, but this one works really well. It's not hard to focus, and it holds its position. It does have a limited depth of field, that is, it focuses on a very specific distance from the lens. This means that if you are looking at an uneven surface such as a rock with an angled surface only part of the image will be in focus at one time. This is pretty typical with microscopes because you're gathering light from a very small space, and if you have a small aperture to give you more depth of field you need a lot more light. This generally isn't a problem, but it means you want to hold things so the camera is looking at a flat side, not angled.
The stand is neat. The suction cup and good neck work well, they aren't cheap, you can put them where you want them and they stay there. The grid and rulers printed on the base are very handy. The camera itself pops in and out of the arm easily for super closeups. The focus grip is nice and big, and the brightness control is labelled. I can't find fault with the physical production of this camera.
The 640x480 resolution is pretty small compared to today's monitors and phone cameras, but they're still plenty big to see what's going on. You're not going to win photography awards, but you're going to get your work done.
I would recommend this device as a great value for the price if the resolution is not a problem. If you need big images you're going to need to spend a lot more.
PROS: Adjustable LED brightness
Still, video, and time lapse modes
Neat base, but also works freehand
CONS: 640x480 image is not huge
Limited depth of field, but that's probably unavoidable
PROS: Good picture quality on high resolution,
CONS: The suction cup stand is unstable. But I removed it and tapped a 1/4-20 hole in a old heavy piece of aluminum heat sink and screwed the metal bendable arm right in. This enables getting right on top of the subject. The heat sink can rotate or even be put on a shelf, as the focal distance will go way out (and reduce the magnification accordingly).
an amazing colour display.
Kudos to Monoprice, this is the third item i've ordered from you. Three times happy with purchases
PROS: I work in electronics, this microscope is excellent for checking cracked circuit traces,and solder bridges.
With a penlight i can even focus into a connector to inspect the condition of contacts.
This tool can also see individual pixels on high resolution displays and read writing on miniature components.
CONS: sorry ,can't think of any
This is a fantastic tool to encourage learning and exploring
PROS: Kids picked up usage immediately.
CONS: Nice to have the suction cup adhere to the non-grid side of the provided plate.
Scope is a 60x and 250x microscope.
The image quality is excellent! The included software isn't exactly pretty but it is intuitive and works perfectly well on my mac.
PROS: price, good quality, thoughtful design, functional albeit simple software
PROS: Microscope Looks good and software worked 1st time "RIGHT OUT OF BOX"! Bought one from another supplier that software was very unstable, it cost more than MonoiPrice (should have known better) It quit working the 1st time I use it! Had to wait for MonoPrice to get this scope back in stock! I have all ready ordered my second scope! Recommend to anyone!
CONS: None so far!
PROS: Easy set up - assembly of stand and install of driver. LED provide excellent, bright picture without shadow.
PROS: Easy to use
My kids like the easy button for taking photos
CONS: Tied to the computer, so somewhat limits what we can look at.
PROS: It does everything indicated by the specs and I got it at a sale price that was spectacular for what it is capable of doing.
CONS: None considering the price point.
Portable (w/ laptop)
CONS: Only up to 60x