Need microscope recommendations/suggestions(7 posts)
I think I need to identify something very tiny which has infested my apartment, probably in the mite category.
IF you wanted to be able to get a good look at something as tiny as a grain of pepper or flour, what magnification would you need?
Can you recommend the cheapest thing there is which would allow me to look at these things? I am aiming to collect what I need in order to then show it to an entomologist for help.
Also - is there a microscope that will also take a picture, or that allows the use of my regular digital camera with it, or does this take me into more expensive territory?
This bug-id-ing will be the only use to which this microscope is put!!
The PCO that was at my home had a small pocket magnifier which was pretty close up. He let me look through it. It was 10X magnification. Radio Shack sometimes has these and I saw them on line as well for under $10. Not a microscope but close enough to rule out some things. I picked one of these up myself for piece of mind. Hope this helped! Good luck!
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FWIW, I've got the Celestron 44302 USB microscope (< $50 from Amazon). It has a real resolution of up to 1280x1024, but I often just use it at 640x480. Magnification up to 150x, but I'm not sure if that's good enough to ID mites.
You can try amazon.com and search for loupes. I often give them away at lectures: the 30x 21mm model is a good one and it's only around $3. Model depends on manufacturer with many being quite crisp for viewing, image quite clear even out at circumference of lens. I don't think it's really 30x, but it appears to be more than the 10x models. I also use a MiScope 2 connected to a laptop, that's at zarbeco.com. I have one fitted with white, IR, UV LEDs.
Bought a USB scope at ESA and it just arrived last week. 20-200X. Me, Lou and another BB researcher all were impressed enough to get one for mobility and field work.
My shots of a penny at 20X
Just arrived the day before I had to travel so no time to get insect shots. Software installed easily.
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