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 Posted 12/14/2011  10:09 am Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add pman860507 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

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Digital Microscope and Camera 20x-200x.
I have been looking at these on amazon not a bad price range 20-100. I really don't want to spend a whole lot of money (mostly because Christmas is coming up soon. so if I have to spend a whole lot I will wait till next year.

Does anyone own any of these. If so what did you get and does it meet all your needs?

I know that you get what you pay for and the more expensive ones are probably better. if that I the case then I can always wait.

I want to use it for looking at errors/varieties. but I want the image and pictures colors to be accurate for posting them.

Thanks.

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 Posted 12/14/2011  10:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SteveCaruso to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you really want a better solution to look for errors and varieties in a lower price range, in my opinion, invest in three things:

1) A good 12+ megapixel camera with a good optical zoom (which run between $80 and $300)
2) A short tabletop tripod that you can angle to directly face your working surface (free, if you know where to ask).
3) A good tabletop fluorescent lamp (again, free if you know where to ask).

If you set up those three together properly, you can have nice, sharp 4,000 x 3,000 pixel images of your coins.

Most of the "digital microscopes" in that price range are crap and the higher ends of the zoom range is "digital zoom" which isn't useful for looking for varieties and errors.
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 Posted 12/14/2011  12:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I use a Celestron 44302 and it's just barely o.k.,it cost me $60 a few years ago but is cheaper now. If you type 44302 john1 in the search box upper left of page you can see the photos and get an idea of what it can do. Also,type in Dino-Lite.
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 Posted 12/14/2011  2:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pman860507 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I dont have a lot of room on my desk for a bunch of stuff. everything also has to be put away when im not using it. if my 2 year old had his way he would be playing with everything in and on my desk all the time.

I was thinking something like this I could easily just unplug and put away quickly, and viewing the coins on my PC vs a small loupe is the other bonus.
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 Posted 12/14/2011  2:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add RMAN4443 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Three weeks ago,I purchased a Carson Z-Pix 200 at Brookstone for $70.00.I am returning it in about two hours.I played with it for 3 weeks and I think it's a piece o' KAKA!
I get much better results with my camera.I'm gonna return the microscope,and invest in a good magnifying glass or loupe,and if I see anything through the glass I'll take a picture and give the coin the up close and personal exam on my puter.
I really feel like the money spent on the microscope was wasted and could be used on some other item.......Like Coins.
Anway,sorry for the rant but that's my opinion'
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 Posted 12/14/2011  2:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pman860507 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
is this the one that you got.

http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-443...90056&sr=1-2

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12/14/2011 2:21 pm
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 Posted 12/14/2011  4:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, but they have a newer model that's cheaper on Amazon.
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 Posted 12/14/2011  5:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jaycutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I bought the Veho discovery.Very limited and in my opinion a waste of money.Camera is a much better option.
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 Posted 12/16/2011  2:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pman860507 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So im going to do 1 of 2 things. buy

Celestron 44302-A Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope 2MP for 38.00
or save up 400 for a dino-lite.

how important is it that the LED's can turn off?

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12/16/2011 2:52 pm
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 Posted 12/16/2011  3:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Controlling the light is very important. And the Dino also has white balance control and the Celestron doesn't.
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 Posted 12/16/2011  5:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pman860507 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I Now actually looking at this. not sure if the other one blows this out of the water but its seems pretty nice. videos show close up on coins.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Dino-Li...em5890435f03

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