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

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 Posted 02/28/2021  04:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It takes full coin pics as well as close ups.Most of these pics are from the Celestron I think https://www.coincommunity.com/forum/myfilesall.asp
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 Posted 02/28/2021  2:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add coop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Edited the above image to show he just need some software. Seems I can use part of his name.
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 Posted 03/01/2021  11:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rmpsrpms to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As @coop shows, some editing is almost always needed to get images that best match the look of the coin and have overall good photographic results. I usually shoot with low contrast, reduced exposure, and low saturation. This gives me "good raw material" for further editing to give a great final result.
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 Posted 03/01/2021  2:11 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My Celestron is the 44300 a really old model, only trouble is it has a quite hard to turn (very stiff) focus barrel. They fixed that issue in all of them since Mine is a 2003-2005 era if I recall. I was a reseller and my buddy that worked for me is now their VP of US Sales at Celestron. They do make great products, I have a big telescope from them as well. I find getting the model from the year previous can save you a lot like 70% off or more. I've always heard good things about the AmScopes as well.

To get that edited look if you use Photoshop at least, try to get the basics down and then you can save the settings as a droplet or action and apply it to all the same types of photos at once for color temp/tint and contrast corrections. I have separate settings for copper, silver and gold. Super easy to apply to a bunch of images and go grab a coffee while it works it's magic in the background, plus the color is consistent that way from image to image.

Richard and Ray both hit the key points to getting the best edits you can. I, like Ray, also start with lowered contrast and exposure to start with in my photos USB and DSLR.
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 Posted 03/02/2021  1:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Eyez to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@coop you can always use my images LoL ,but yeah wanted to show without edit how the new scope worked for 50 bucks for thegrendel on getting full coin picks.
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