26th February
2012
written by Todd Harrison

This is a full review of the USB microscope that is sold by Adafruit. It does 20x to 200x and also will let you take measurements if you enter the magnification you are using. I will let the video explain everything but I added some extra photos after the video.

I paid $79,95 for this from Adafruit.com when they first came out months ago.  Sorry for the delay but this did give me some time to really get to know all the features. I’m very happy with this USB microscope and have used it quite a lot. In the past I would have to put an eye loupe in front of my camera to take circuit close ups but this microscope does a lot better job. Inspecting very fine details and solder jobs is also tons easier with this microscope.

The box:

The USB microscope:

Setup and working:

I wanted to be able to have my circuits in my Panavise when using the USB microscope. I had a flex mic-stand from Radio Shack and some salvaged magnets from some old speakers. I hot glued one large magnet to the top of the mic-stand and another to the bottom of the USB microscope stand. With this setup I can easily switch between the desktop and my mic-stand when I need more flexibility.

An example of the close up of a (06 x 03) smd resistor using the photo button in the software. REAL NICE!!!

Below is my last example of using the measurement feature included with the software. It worked quite nice but I do wish it had more resolution like 0.001 would have been a better minimum than 0.01 for measuring close ups. This last photo was captured from my video of the laptop screen. I really should have uploaded a real screen shoot from the microscope because that would have look much better, like the one above.

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9 Comments

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  2. Electron
    27/02/2012

    Nice review, in depth. Your panavise mod is awesome.

    Tip: eat omething before recording video. I had the audio cranked in my shop and it got real quiet right when there was a couple of stomach grumbles,, lol.

  3. Bill
    02/03/2012

    To eliminate glare, I try to diffuse the light emitted by the flash.

    To do this, I cut a piece of stiff, but somewhat translucent paper, or plastic milk carton.

    This helps diffuse the light, so you get nice even lighting instead of any hot spots.

    Good Luck.

  4. fastlink30
    02/03/2012

    interesting post, but where i can buy the 3rd hand i see in your video??
    thanks

  5. 02/03/2012

    @fastlink30 The link is in my post above. It is called the PanaVise.

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  8. 02/01/2013

    What software are you running with this microscope? I just got one of these from Adafruit and the software supplied is nothing like what you have in your review. No measurement functions at all.
    -Bob

  9. 02/01/2013

    @Bob, I’m just using what came with it from Adafruit.

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