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motorcyclemac
07-03-2010, 02:51 PM
I keep thinking that I need a microscope in the shop for looking at various gunsmithing jobs. I like the pictures that I see folks post of greatly magnified parts.

I found this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-Digital-Microscope-Magnifier-Silver-w200x-Zoom-/380242402403?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5888369c63

What is the general impression of such an item? I have no experience in eletronic widgets. Would this be worth buying? Comments? Evan...?

Cheers
Mac.

chriskat
07-03-2010, 03:10 PM
We have what appears to be the same camera at work. In fact I think we have a couple with that optional articulating stand. We use them to take close up picturs of solder joints, and other potential workmanship issues when the need arises.

If it is in fact the same camera they are very useful and work very well, assuming you have a need.

Jeff

sconisbee
07-03-2010, 05:42 PM
check the most recent blog post here
http://oac.okuma.com/giveaway/winners-blog.cfm
there is a post about it over on pm in the cnc section too with better pictures, the results look really good and its a similar usb scope

lakeside53
07-04-2010, 02:12 AM
That seem like low res... 640x480 - basically NTSC/VGA.

What about this: 1280x1024

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-3MP-USB-digital-microscope-video-otoscope-endoscope-/200491007321?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eae31fd59

rowbare
07-05-2010, 12:07 PM
Check Deal Extreme: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.41186 they are somewhat cheaper. Do a forum search on USB microscope. There have been several recent threads.

Black_Moons
07-05-2010, 02:04 PM
Pstt, Beware of deal extreme microscopes. They are not allways as advertised..
Mine says it has 10mm~inf focus range.. in reality its about 10mm~25mm focus range. Very limiting for trying to view slightly larger objects, Can only get about 1 square cm into frame..

Also the driver CD came with a dll that got installed into my system (And ran every boot, reguardless if the camera was pluged in or used) that verious online sites reported as a trojan, And apon removing it did'nt change the behavor of the camera at all.

That said, theres other software that can run the camera without using the driver CD at all.

motorcyclemac
07-05-2010, 02:16 PM
So are there quality cameras from reputable sources? I wouldn't be above spending several hundered dollars for a quality unit. Anyone have something with a rack and pinion for height adjustment? All I find on ebay is the cheapie versions or lab microscopes that are used for biology. Some of those have a digital camera in them...but in the end I guess I want to buy what Evan uses...but I think he built his.

Cheers
Mac.

Magicniner
07-05-2010, 06:28 PM
You can get a scope camera that replaces a standard eyepiece and bung it in an inspection microscope like this

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q158/magicniner/DSC00582.jpg

Mine's only 1024 x 768 resolution but as you can see that's plenty for quite fine inspection work;
http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q158/magicniner/CarbideTip003.jpg
The scope strips down so you can take the base off & mount the column on a mag base, you can see it better here;
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Zenith-PM-1-x20-Primary-Inspection-Microscope-/150370867972?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Toys_Creative_Educational_RL&hash=item2302cd5b04
Regards,
Nick

DFMiller
07-05-2010, 09:11 PM
Proscope.
They are nice, and have various lense options. The must be good the TV series CSI uses them. They always have amazing results. ;-)
They are not cheap when I bought mine but they are nice.
Dave

BobWarfield
07-07-2010, 05:56 PM
Tormach sells a scope for machine work:

http://www.tormach.com/Product_CNC_Scanner.html

They use a Dino-lite USB microscope, which you can find on Amazon. Their software has some pretty cool features.

I'm getting ready to use it to dimension out a Colt 1911, just for see what it's capable of.

Cheers,

BW