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Are Cheap ($20 Or Less) USB Microscopes Any Good For Photographing Coins?

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 Posted 02/22/2021  12:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eyez to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i love my https://www.amazon.com/Mustcam-Micr...aWNrPXRydWU=

after twicking the light in it 50 bucks not bad




Heck sometimes I wonder why I have my Dslr CAM lol by the way 1964 Lincoln
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 Posted 02/22/2021  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
3rd pic is good, other two have too much glare.
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 Posted 02/22/2021  8:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add element47 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I spent about 20 dollars on Amazon on a USB microscope with an adjustable arm and adjustable led light source. It does pretty well with close ups of errors, that kind of thing. And for whole coin photos I bought a Xenovo macro lens from Amazon. It goes on your phone and does really well. I also got a small tripod and bluetooth shutter button to keep the phone from shaking when taking the photo.

Its a lot of trial and error for me though. I'm still learning for sure. I use an all black background, and I use my old Galaxy s7 edge as a dedicated coin camera. Ive really just started trying to work on my photography the past couple months. But the USB microscope helps me a lot when I'm going through rolls looking for errors.
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 Posted 02/22/2021  11:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those mustcam pics are surprisingly good. A bit of diffusion on the LEDs and they could be very good. @Eyez, are you able to take the full coin pic with the camera mounted on the stand, or do you have to move it farther away?
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 Posted 02/23/2021  04:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
element47,
18% gray scale as a background works better. You will need to find a way to filter your light source.
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 Posted 02/23/2021  08:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thegrendel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
>> I would like to post the entire coin, first. Then post the area or areas of concern .Is it possible to find a microscope that can do all of that? <<

Maybe, but not a cheap microscope. I don't see that as an issue because you can take a close-up picture of the entire coin with a good camera that has a macro setting, and then take additional pictures of selected areas of the coin with the cheap microscope.
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 Posted 02/23/2021  09:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eyez to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@rpmpsrpms on stand half way up those where taking at 3mp not the 5mp setting I find the 3 mp setting on pennies are better 5mp for dime and quarters.@John1 yeah was quick ones I took last night just wanted to show basics off how well it did at a basic fast lvl.
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 Posted 02/23/2021  09:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eyez to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
took a slower take on this to adjust lighting.
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 Posted 02/23/2021  5:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coinchatter to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
John1.... does it also take photos of certain parts of the coin? Or do I need to buy two cameras, one for whole coin and one for certain areas of the coin?
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Element47... I am trying to avoid buying something then find out that it doesn't work for me. I will have to return it. I am trying to avoid that. I am trying to work with this iPad
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 Posted 02/24/2021  04:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My Celestron 44302 can take full coin pic of a silver dollar coin,I have to put the scope on top of a stack of books to do it though. Generally I use a digital camera for full coin shots and a usb scope for close ups.
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 Posted Yesterday   9:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add element47 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@john so I looked up 18% grayscale. Am I able to print out a square of that and just use it as a background? Or is there something specific I should use?
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If it was me, I would buy them and not print my own.
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