After researching compact
microscopes for some time, I found Dino-Lite based in Taiwan to have one of
offerings of these at this time. Most in their lineup can fit in ones pocket and offer an
excellent range of features. These include analysis under UV in a variety of
wave lengths, infrared, detailed measurement and VGA output. The more
features the more you will pay. Their application in lids to me is primarily
close examination under high magnification. The AM series of these offer
230x which is plenty for lids and other collectables. The scope is rather
small and has a rear sensor trigger for snap shot capture. The lens is
protected by a 10mm bezel with protects the LED light source and lens as
well as acting as a nice surface buffer for close up examinations. The
supplied software is very user friendly. I like being able to turn the 8
onboard LEDS off periodically when in a well lit area. Light shining cross
axis from an external light source gives a very different perspective on a
subject as you will see below. The following are a few sample image. I think
this format microscope has great potential and is my new companion screening
tool at future antique events, bottle shows, collectables fair sand beyond.
The following is the scope and optional stand reviewing a queens head:-
Now letís review the following US lid more closely:-
The test setup
This is the view of the software minimized. It can also be changed to
Lets now review the above lid cropped.
The following is the above taken with LEDs off and cross axis lighting
from a torch.
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