Celestron 44302 Deluxe Handheld Digital USB Microscope and Stand with Built in 2MP Camera for Capture of Video and Images, for viewing Stamps, Coins, Bugs and more available on February 03 2018 from Amazon for 36.99
Celestron 44302 Handheld Digital Microscope available on April 21 2016 from Newegg for 57.79
UPC bar code 050234443029 ξ1 registered November 05 2014
UPC bar code 050234443029 ξ2 registered April 21 2016
Product category is CELESTRON 44302 Handheld Digital Microscope Electronic
USB-powered handheld digital microscope with 10x to 40x magnification (up to 150x on some monitors) Built-in 2MP digital camera for capturing images and videos 6 LED ring illuminator Use the included Windows software to capture images and video of your discoveries. Measure your specimens with built-in measurement tool. Computer requirements: CD/DVD drive and USB 2.0 port. UVC plug-and-play with Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Included software is not supported by Mac OS. Microscope can be used with Mac OSX 10.4.9 and above using PhotoBucket or other open source camera software. This innovative microscope design allows you to view specimens or objects on a computer screen and allows you to take snapshot images or short videos. A rugged, metal stand is included for holding the microscope steady at various positions for viewing and/or imaging.
^Celestron 44302 Deluxe Handheld Digital USB Microscope and Stand with Built in 2MP Camera for Capture of Video and Images, for viewing Stamps, Coins, Bugs and more, Celestron. Amazon. UPC 050234443029 (revised Feb 2018)
This digital microscope can be useful in a number of contexts, such as looking at coins, reading very fine print on labels or instructions, and exploring the barely visible world around you. However there are two issues I would warn other potential purchasers about. On things like coins or other reflective surfaces, it is difficult to get the light adjusted so that details can be viewed. The light from the LED source cannot be adjusted and is so close to the object..
I purchased this microscope to be able to examine coins a lot closer and take photos. It works just as advertised. Led's reflect in the picture if the coin is inside a reflective surface(plastic case, etc).
works well, takes still and movie images. a little touchy on the focus, a bit like cheap binoculars, but it works once you get the hang of it. I also wanted to setup on Linux, but the imaging chip is not standard. I inquired with Celstron and their technical support line replied that it's proprietary. Oh well, at least it works well under windows. I have example images and movie of insects from my garden at mentalfest dot blogspot dot com. Overall, I feel it's a good value for personal hobby use.
I use this microscope in my research work to take a quick look at small features (10's to 100's of micrometers) on micro-milled metal parts. Because the refresh rate of the image is a little slow, it is tricky to get in focus. That said, this camera is useful for quick, basic inspection. Color balance and light levels are not great, but can be adjusted in software if needed.This would not replace a good microscope with a good camera, but it is a good option if you're on a budget.