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Offline Figleaf

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Recommendations, please
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:22:27 PM »
My beloved ladies have decided that this half-blind owl should be equipped with a USB microscope. Can anyone help with experience, recommendations and the like? Found this one, but it seems a bit pricey. Or is it just good quality? 200x magnification seems great to me, but is it necessary?

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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2011, 11:01:29 PM »
This microscope does look very similar to mine with a another name, a little hard to use as writing appears upside down. Mine was a little cheaper although by shopping online you no doubt could find it cheaper.
It did not like my Win7 64bit PC and I use it on my old Win XP machine. 64bit is the problem...

Here is a sample that I did with mine and posted on Youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkgKDxw4uRU&list=UUYxo_PNuka7zL4YAh8QSMpA&feature=plcp


A scan of Elizabeth from $2 dollar coin. from the microscope.
« Last Edit: December 12, 2011, 04:00:04 AM by malj1 »
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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 11:08:33 PM »
See if you can try an optical zoom rather than a digital zoom before you buy, you might be surprised with the results.  I get better results with the scanner than a digital zoom - of course an optical zoom is a bit more expensive....
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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 11:19:49 PM »
....I get better results with the scanner than a digital zoom - of course an optical zoom is a bit more expensive....

Yes a scanner is quicker too..

Here is a quick scan of a fifty cent from my pocket at 3200 dpi
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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2011, 03:30:10 AM »
I got myself one a couple of months back, and the results are quite good. Mine is Celestron 44302.

I got it through Ebay India, through Carttoindiaonline, which is a service by Ebay India, to import the goods from USA and deliver it in India, all inclusive (Price+Shipping+Customs+Guarantee).

At today's rate Rs. 5091 = 73.05 Euros.

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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 03:50:10 AM »
My one is here, this the store I bought from...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8ILuIfUAEA

I think it was A$99 which I think may be about the same as your price.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 12:09:36 PM »
I have heard that Dino Lite usually has models here set up at coin shows....I never played with one but the idea is very tempting.
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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2011, 03:26:47 PM »
Would a high mega pixel camera do similar for coins? I mean approximately similar? Or these give better performance?

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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2011, 04:04:40 PM »
A high megapixel camera cannot zoom on a very small portion of the coin. If you want to see only a small portion of the coin, the image will be blurred. Hence, to view the details of some particular portion of the coin, a Digital USB microscope is the best solution.

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Would a high mega pixel camera do similar for coins? I mean approximately similar? Or these give better performance?

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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2011, 09:07:27 PM »
A high megapixel camera cannot zoom on a very small portion of the coin. If you want to see only a small portion of the coin, the image will be blurred. Hence, to view the details of some particular portion of the coin, a Digital USB microscope is the best solution.
Abhay

My scanner get be set to zoom a very small portion of the coin and increase the dpi setting at the same time as in this answer.
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Yes a scanner is quicker too..
Here is a quick scan of a fifty cent from my pocket at 3200 dpi
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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2011, 11:29:49 PM »
I think I have had the same question in the last months. My desk is too small. I use a laptop so that I can save some space on it. So a scanner would be too big for me. I was thinking about buying something like the one that Figleaf suggests or like this one :
http://www.leuchtturm.com/epages/leuchtturm_eu.sf/secn2CxfNDUAnk/?ObjectPath=/Shops/leuchtturm_eu/Products/338926
But I haven't read enough opinions.

In my opinion, that brand shows good quality in their products, but I don't know whether they are good with electronic devices. So maybe they are a bit expensive. For a first approach, sometimes I don't mind taking the risk of buying cheaper things like these :
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/portable-usb-1-3mp-200x-digital-microscope-with-8-led-illumination-34507
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/digimicro-200x-zooming-usb-digital-microscope-11743
You have a whole category for USB microscopes.

Anyway I must read more about them before I take my decission.

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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2011, 11:41:03 PM »
That is exactly what I was thinking
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Anyway I must read more about them before I take my decission.

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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2011, 12:13:56 AM »
Regardless of price, all 200x seem to be alike. Mine was around 27.00 from Amazon and is perfectly adequate for my needs. Not all of them come with a stand, which is essential. Although I've spent months trying to find/bulid a stand for mine,  I can't reccommend them highly enough.

Now, does anyone know of a scanner that's just large enough to scan banknotes, but nothing bigger?

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Re: Recommendations, please
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2011, 12:16:33 AM »
They are good, [at least the one I have] and you can bring any coin up full screen to look at it; but.... they can be frustrating to adjust and to focus correctly.

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