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$40 microscope offers superb value and lasting fun

Date

  Fri 20 Apr 2018

Tags

  microscope, usb, handwriting, metal, gift, 500x, scientist, fun, good value, lasting, solid, well made

URL

  https://amzn.to/3iTNz5f

Abstract

An unexpected surprisingly good value in $40 microscope for fun -- definitely a great gift for 10 year-old budding scientists that is NOT yet another el-cheap, plasticky, throw-away China-made junkster.

Content

Metal construction, good quality, worked immediately - buying more
Title says it all. For $40 this is probably one of the best values in 'cheapo' microscopes. What a superb gift for a 10y.o. budding scientist, that definitely is not yet another cheap-plastic throw-away P.O.S. Focusing can be a little tricky (three different threaded mechanisms allow adjustment) but it is entirely usable. What a fun, fun thing that actually works. Attached pics are of the numeral "8" written with blue ink on a pink post-it note in approximately equivalent 14-point size handwriting.

The other pic is of a microSD card slot's gold fingers. Turns out this "toy" is quite useful for examining solder joints, electronics construction, quality assurance / production verification.

It plugs into USB. Windows7 64bit recognized and installed it immediately. It comes with software, apparently, on small-size CD, but I just used VLC app, which sees the mscope as a standard 'windows video' device named "Andonstar". Everything just worked; it was so nice not having to fiddle. Kit comes with various "tips" that allow proper spacing from surface (maybe I should try those...) to presumably improve speed of finding focus. Focus depth-of-field is extremely shallow and requires watching the monitor (despite the slight update delay) with a steady hand very, very slowly turning the height threaded and knurled shaft, but once it's dialed in the image is excellent. Lighting is from built-in white LEDs, and a dimmer dial is available in-line on the USB cable, which also has a high-quality velcro-type write-tie. USB cable is only ~3 feet long.

Overall very pleased. This is a superb value at $40. The metal stand alone is worth the price.

I bought this from an ebayer named "winter-z" whose store link is this:
https://www.ebay.com/usr/winter-z

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