A USB computer microscope is also simply known as a computer microscope or a computer-connected microscope.
Using CMOS sensors, it is a microscope that plugs into a USB port on a computer or television.
Instead of looking through an eyepiece, the viewer then examines the specimen via the computer's monitor or the television screen. It’s essentially a webcam with a macro lens.
Just look at the Veho VMS004 Deluxe USB Powered Microscope to the right.
Many of these microscopes depend on ambient lighting, but some do come with built-in illumination.
Basically, the USB computer microscope's lens can touch an object to see it magnified or can be used to view objects at a short distance. This allows objects to be in different states-like wet or moving.
For example, you might enjoy looking at an inanimate object like a document or coin but you can also magnify human body parts or moving insects.
It is certainly a fun educational tool for children.
Most offer between 20X-300X magnification and are typically priced under $200.
If the viewer is using the microscope with a computer, they may need to begin by loading the device’s software.
Always take the image resolution and format into account. This will affect the clarity of the images and the size of the files once they have been saved.
Lighting should be another consideration. The amount of illumination can vary, and the microscope’s lighting could be powered by the USB connection or batteries.
Ensure the microscope’s software is compatible with the machine on which it will be installed.
Although these microscopes aren’t particularly powerful, a USB computer microscope can be a fun and useful tool for hobbyists, artists, or anyone wanting to view their world a little more closely.
- read about the USB Computer microscopes available on the market like the QX3 and the QX5 microscope models from Digital Blue. Now on the market is the new QX7 Microscope from Digital Blue.
- At first glance this microscope looks more like a gadget than a useful professional instrument. However, these portable instruments are used for industrial inspections and medical applications, in addition to being used by hobbyists and schools. Check it out!
- For education, work/field or for your hobby, this Celestron model is a good quality microscope at a very affordable price. A perfect gift. It will not disappoint.
- another handy device that has remained popular. Comparing the magnification of any handheld device to a traditional compound microscope is futile but for many hobbies and teaching environments this is perfect and at a generous price for good quality.
USB Microscope Camera - allows for microscopic images to be explored, captured, and stored on a computer for later study and analysis.