Inexpensive USB microscope

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  1. Rick Hufnagel

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    After seeing some members writing about their stereo microscopes and all these wonderful tools everyone uses to really see very well, I started a search for a usable piece of equipment in my very modest price range. I ended up finding an old dissecting microscope at the school i work at to use until i find my own, but while online I stumbled across this little gem. It was $20, and is incredible as an inspection tool. The first picture is up close on an 18s balance cap jewel. Second is a working level where the scope is far enough away that i can get in there with tweezers and oilers. Then a pic of the pallet stones in the 6498 wrist watch i am wearing (dirty and dry!). Great for seeing the escapement in action, or oiling pallet stones! Since i unboxed this... i already see problems with lubrication. Balance pivots, train pivots and holes... i can see it all without jamming my whole head into the work with a loupe.

    Why post about this? I love it! Plus instead of trying to look through an eyepiece on a scope, you just look at the computer screen. (which will take some getting used too) You can take pictures like below, or videos. I used the video function to slow it down and check amplitude. Still working on figuring it all out, i'm not exactly computer savy. I actually just got this Chromebook last week, so still trying to figure everything out, lol.

    It plugged right into my Chromebook, and works great with pretty decent resolution. Its not a professional setup, but so far is working great for me!

    What do you think?

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    great photos, who made it? Would love to get one.PM me if it can't be posted on the board.
     
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    It's a tool so, as long as it is a regular stock item, it can be posted.
     
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    I will give a review once I get mine, was a little nervous about Chinese microscopes but hopefully mine will work as well as yours Rick.
     
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    Got mine yesterday, haven't uploaded all of the features but just trying it out on a few pivots and plate holes, it is really good for the $20 price. Wish I bought one a few years ago.
     
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    I have it working on my phone too, except I can't get it to capture pictures with the phone, I'll have to try another application to run it I think.

    I use it a lot, that's for sure. Glad it's working for you too!
     

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