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New Microscopist :) [Sep. 12th, 2006|08:52 pm]
Looking at small things



Hello all!  I'm completely new to "microscoping" and I'm considering buying a microscope right now, along with a USB video camera for use with it.  I was just wondering if anyone could give any advice, since I know very little about what is available and what is and isn't a good price.  I guess the best thing to do would be to mention the particular microscope I'm considering right now:


I'm looking at the model 30-M-100 for $399.99 Canadian.  The specs are listed below on that page, but for clarity I'll list them again here:

-Monocular Head
-10x WF/Pointer Eyepiece
-4x, 10x, 40x, and 100x (oil) Objectives
-Mechanical Stage
-1.25 Abbe Condenser
-Iris Diaphragm
-Coaxial Coarse and Fine Focusing
-20 Watt Tungsten Light* (See Below)

*You can change this for a 110 volt flourescent light for 40 dollars, or a 20 watt, 6 volt halogen light for 60.

Does this seem like A) a quality microscope, and B) worth the price of 400 Canadian?  Also, should I upgrade the light for better imaging, particularly since I want to use a camera with the microscope?

Now, here's the camera I was looking at:


I'm considering the USB 2.0 version, for $295.95 Canadian.  It does 640x480 video at 30 frames per second, which seems decent to me, though I would sort of like something that can do that plus higher resolution still images.

Again, my question is - is this a good price, for the features?  Does anyone know of anything similar that could do the same video quality plus better still imaging?


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[User Picture]From: lineofzeroes
2006-09-13 11:42 am (UTC)

Re: more questions...

1. This may sound silly, but I don't really have much of a defined goal for what I would like to image. I wanted a versatile scope that could do most things that might come up. I'm very interested in insects and plants, and there's a fair sized bit of woods near where I live that I've always wanted to see in more detail. I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but I really am an absolute beginner.

2. The scope is definitely compatible with the camera I posted a link to; they demonstrated it in the store. As for what you mentioned - I assume you mean using the scope with a normal digital camera? I would like a scope that is compatible with that, actually, as I have a decent digital SLR that I could use. Perhaps I'd be best off finding another camera, if only for that reason. Would you be able to post a link to a scope that is compatible, so I know what they look like? That would be awesome.

3. The price DOES include the objectives.

4. I'll have to check on the brand, as I'm not certain.

Thanks for your replies. :)
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[User Picture]From: lineofzeroes
2006-09-29 02:55 pm (UTC)

Re: more questions...

I know I started this thread ages ago, but I've found another, more expensive model that I'm considering now... It's by National Optical, do you have an opinion of that brand at all?

Here's a link. I'm thinking of getting it with the optional achromatic super contrast objectives. It's 729 US at the best store I've found online, plus another 80 for the better objectives, and it looks a fair bit like the model you posted, with that additional vertical light path for a camera. And I know that National Optical makes a camera adapter that would work with my DSLR, too.

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[User Picture]From: lineofzeroes
2006-09-29 07:27 pm (UTC)

Re: more questions...

Okay great, thanks so much for your help!

I think this will be the one I buy, though I still want to try to find some opinions on the brand. Thanks again!
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