MicroscopeMaster is first of all impressed with the price tag at Amazon with the bonus of a digital camera included. That is quite remarkable.
Secondly, the construction and all round capabilities of this microscope surpass what you would normally expect for this price.
This Omax microscope offers affordability, convenience and durability.Images obtained are bright and clear, controls are firm and the stage and slide holder are easy to work with.
Equipped with a 3.0M pixel built-in USB camera, you will enjoy not only photo capability but video as well which is especially beneficial where participation in a group setting is necessary. Pictures can be brightened, cropped and saved easily.
It is compatible with MS Windows 2000/XP/Vista as well as Windows 7 -32bit and 64bit.
Worth noting is Omax'sexcellent customer service and informative technical support.
40x-80x-100x-200x-400x-800x-1000x-2000x levels of magnification;
4 achromatic objectives - DIN 4x, 10x, 40x(S), 100x(S,Oil);
2 pairs of ocular lenses (eyepieces) - WF10X and P20X
Built-in 3.0MP USB camera featuring advanced software (Windows compatible, Mac Users have experienced difficulty - see below)
Double layer mechanical stage with co-axial fine and coarse focus knobs
NA1.25 Abbe Condenser with iris diaphragm and filters
Dust cover provided
5 Year Warranty, 14 Days Money Back Guarantee (from Amazon)
Focus Knob lock with knob on both sides, tight tolerances
The two sets of eyepieces move left / right for different personal ocular widths, and move up and down for focus
Built in camera is mounted inside so it doesn't get in the way of anything
The stage has solid forward and backward movement
The slide bed moves with micro adjustments left, right, up and down.Slide holder is sturdy. Micro control for slide movement (left to right) can be adjusted with your right hand and the focus micro control with your left
This comes with optical oil and it is recommended you purchase professional grade lens paper for cleaning your lenses after use.
1/Regarding Functionality with Mac: As with many digital microscopes there are reported issues of compatibility with Mac. The images appear with decreased resolution in photobooth on Mac.
The camera does work, it is plug and play, but photobooth displays images at 640X480 so full 3 MP image/video capability is lacking.
Most are satisfied as they are viewing images for entertainment or simple professional observation so 640x480 has proven fine.
At present, Omax can give information about the software they provide with the microscope which is for PC only. Omaxare apparently attempting to acquire licenses for a 3rd party software called "miXscope" priced at around $20 to provide added MAC user functionality.
As a Mac user you can find and purchase this software as an addition to your microscope purchase.
2/ A few customers have reported ocular lens image displaying crisper images than those on monitor. The issue here is that image clarity is dependent on your computer monitor quality, some have limitations.
Tip: Adjust focus for computer monitor and not for ocular image.
3/ 2000X requires the WF20X ocular lens (not listed in product features as included) but is featured in product photos as being included. This is a point of contention and can be argued with Omax.
4/ Manual is not included but download instructions are provided. If having difficulty, customer service provides a quick response by email. Their customer service has an excellent rating.
As with many microscopes of this caliber it is very well suited for scientific research, personal or professional; in the lab or foreducation.
In particular, biology majors on a budget are more than satisfied and veterinary students are able to transport the microscope into the field with ease of use and image clarity.
Your college student will finally have a well calibrated microscope. As you may already know, college microscopes are so abused and poorly calibrated. This is a new, properly calibrated and inexpensive substitute and so will surpass the old Olympus microscope or other top brandfound in the college lab.
Keep in mind, purchasing slides and cleaning supplies for the lenses in conjunction with your microscope purchase is a good idea.
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