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 Posted 07/23/2018  3:21 pm Show Profile   Check Errers and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello CCF members. I just want to make a new thread on how to get good pictures, using a Plugable USB Scope and white blank paper. To start off, I bought this USB Scope off of eBay for 36.95. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Plugable-U...AOSwJQdW~Fxf &_nkw=Plugable+USB+2.0+Digital+Microscope+with+Flexible+Arm+and+Stand+USB2-MICRO-250X &_trksid=m570.l1313

Anyways, I was having problems with bad glare from the LED lights on the USB Scope, so what I did 2 days ago, is I taped white blank paper as a background on the board that the USB Scope was on, and the results were excellent! I was able to take pictures with little to no glare at all. There was a big improvement with the pictures. It helps diffuses the light, so you can take pictures with little to no glare.



Here's what my pictures looked like before I put white printing paper behind the background.
2001 P LMC with Cud.




Here's what my pictures looked like after I put white printing paper behind the background.




Anyways, I hope this is helpful for those who want to get better pictures with this simple and easy trick. Let me know what you think.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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 Posted 07/23/2018  4:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For use to see the difference you should do a pic of the same coin with and without that paper.
Right now you have a newer coin and an older coin.
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Thank you for your feedback! I will post a in a little bit. I'll make sure that it's the same exact coin as well.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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 Posted 07/23/2018  5:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's not the background on these scopes that make pictures too bright but the 4 LED's that are in the scope that gives direct lighting. When viewing shiny coins, especialy the Shield Cents, you need to turn the lights down or even off then get an indirect side light source. Walmart sells small LED lamps that work great for a few dollars.
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 Posted 07/23/2018  5:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You would be better off putting a filter on the bulbs that are on the scope. I used white coffee filters.If you are able to turn off the on board light,do so. Then use a hand held LED flashlight.
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 Posted 07/23/2018  5:42 pm  Show Profile   Check Errers and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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It's not the background on these scopes that make pictures too bright but the 4 LED's that are in the scope that gives direct lighting. When viewing shiny coins, especialy the Shield Cents, you need to turn the lights down or even off then get an indirect side light source. Walmart sells small LED lamps that work great for a few dollars.


Oh. So it's actually the lights itself on the scope. Thank you Mark for that helpful tip! I should buy a small LED lamp in the future.


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You would be better off putting a filter on the bulbs that are on the scope. I used white coffee filters.If you are able to turn off the on board light,do so. Then use a hand held LED flashlight.


Thank you John1 for your suggestion! I'm actually able to turn off that light on the scope, so I'll try something new, and see how that goes.

Anyways, I edited my thread, and uploaded the same exact coin, so you can see the differences. The white blank paper did help actually.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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John, this is what we're dealing with - the 4 LED's surround the lens up inside the shield. Hard to put a filter in there to soften the light. Any hints/tips I'll try to see if that would make a difference. I don't really want to glue anything up there over the lights, If the lens would get compromised by the glue that would ruin the scope.

I found that side lighting from an LED lamp works best so far. After all, we're working with a $35 scope that works really good, not a high priced example.



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 Posted 07/23/2018  6:15 pm  Show Profile   Check Errers and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errers and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, that's what we deal with on the Plugable USB scopes.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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 Posted 07/23/2018  7:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mark1959,
I used the flat bottom part of the filter, and cut a circle with a hole in the middle of it. I think I ended up using 2 or 3 layers. They stay up in there with a friction fit.
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 Posted 07/23/2018  7:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I think I ended up using 2 or 3 layers. They stay up in there with a friction fit.


Oh, OK, I'll try that to see what happens, Thanks! Now do you adhere the layers of filters together or do they just stay in place ontop of each other?
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They just stay in there on top of each other. I used a tooth pick to push them up in there.
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Hey Mark, I was wondering if you can post the results of that, when you're done. I want to learn John1's trick as well. :-)

Edit: By the way, Mark. You are more than welcome to post the results on my thread, since I would love to see the results. I'm fine with it.
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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 Posted 07/23/2018  9:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TJLang to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
THIS IS GREAT, I JUST GOT ONE OF THESE FOR FATHERS DAY.






Questions:
what camera program do you use?
Is there a really good one out there?
How do you zoom out?
(I stacked it on a box,This worked for me)

I am enjoying it and learning at the same time.
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 Posted 07/23/2018  10:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Or do like me... , I used acrylic white paint. When that experiment failed I decided to remove the paint with... wait for it.... acetone. Hmm, just what do you think happens to clear cheap plastic when a caustic chemical is applied by a bonehead? I now have permantly, ah, diffused LED's! Wweellll, it does work, but I did buy two clip-on lamps that are adjustable and work much better.
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THIS IS GREAT, I JUST GOT ONE OF THESE FOR FATHERS DAY.


Excellent! Do you enjoying using it so far?

Sorry about the slow delayed response time. I was on the sub-forum "US Modern Variety And Error Coins", helping out others.

Anyways, I get back to point on this thread.
Questions:


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what camera program do you use?
Is there a really good one out there?
How do you zoom out?
(I stacked it on a box,This worked for me)

I am enjoying it and learning at the same time.


TJLang, to be honest, I don't know, since I have a Chromebook (it's all done on google only), and because of that, it doesn't require any program to use for the USB Scope. Here's how to zoom out. Use the knob located near the middle of the scope and turn it. You can zoom in and out as well.


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Or do like me... , I used acrylic white paint. When that experiment failed I decided to remove the paint with... wait for it.... acetone. Hmm, just what do you think happens to clear cheap plastic when a caustic chemical is applied by a bonehead? I now have permantly, ah, diffused LED's! Wweellll, it does work, but I did buy two clip-on lamps that are adjustable and work much better.


Oh no Crazyb0! That must of sucked, but it wasn't your fault really, since it was an experiment. A question I have for all of you is what is the best LED lamp that I could buy at Walmart?
More information about Die Deterioration? http://goccf.com/t/317950
Retired U.S. Mint Coin Die Set information. http://goccf.com/t/302961
Machine Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/332421
Die states progression on coins. Scroll down, so you can see the different die state progressions. http://goccf.com/t/325638
Die Deterioration Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/336470
Split Plate Doubling Tutorial. http://goccf.com/t/357614
2000 P LMC With Retained Struck Through error. http://goccf.com/t/357080
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 Posted 07/26/2018  6:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TJLang to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I found the knob near the middle is to focus it.
To zoom out I had to stack it on boxes then refocus it.
I will search the internet maybe Adobe has some cool software for it.
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