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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Digital Microscope:Celestron 44302-B Deluxe Handheld Digital Box


Celestron 44302-B Deluxe Handheld Digital Box 10x to 150x



Product Description (from Google Shopping)
The Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope is ideal 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. 

Cost: ~$40.00

Specs:

  • Handheld digital microscope 
  • Manually adjustable 10x to 40x and 150x digital Power 
  • Built in 2MP digital camera for snapshots and video 
  • Built in LED illuminator 
  • Photo management software 
  • Powered by USB 2.0 cable 
  • Steady metal adjustable stand Included

Review:
I recently purchase the Celestron 44302-B for $40.00 from overstock.com

Installation:

  • CD-ROM included with driver and application
  • Installed driver and application in Windows 7 64bit was very simple.
Use:
  • Application for microscope simple Windows application.  
  • The microscope stand uses pivots on two steel balls one attached to the base the other attached near the microscope so the stand is adjustable at two points.
  • Focus and zoom is manual by a somewhat stiff slider knob.
  • the microscope has a fairly small field of view which gets smaller at higher magnification.
Review:
  For $40.00 it is a fun little toy.  
  Zooming in and out is somewhat difficult but decent photos can be taken.
  Not recommended for the serious mineral photographer but anyone who wants to take photos of micros and thumbnails without spending $1000s on a scope should find this model  useful.

Here are some photos I've taken.


















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