* allows projection of microscopic images to a large
* encourages students to explore the microscopic world
* lets 2-4 students view together and quickly share observations
* allows production of custom microscope photos for use in teaching
* produce images that can be emailed or added to web sites
* enables mobile research when used with a laptop
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Proscope (handheld USB device, ~ $500). Click
here to view sample 50 x magnification images.
This product offers an easy introduction for students to using a microscope
- click the button on the handle and the magnified image is captured
to your desktop or laptop computer. Suitable for primary or secondary
students. It is available in Australia for ~$500 for the basic kit.
Magnification from 10 x to 200 x is possible with extra lenses. An optional
stand and a case is also available. Support for Windows and MacOS is
included. Some free science curriculum sheets written by Apple Distinguished
Educators are available at http://www.theproscope.com/education.html
Product details at: http://www.theproscope.com/
or http://www.proscope.net Other
uses include police work, examination of coins and stamps, viewing medical
samples, hobbies, botany & zoology, geology, entomology, handwriting
analysis, art, industrial applications, etc.
||Dino Lite (handheld USB devices, various models, from $160)
Dino Lite Portable Hand held Microscopes
Australian distributor: http://scinet.com.au/
Some existing microscopes can be adapted to use a digital still camera
or digital video camcorder to view the magnified image. This is typically
done via C-mount or other adapters.
MeCan Imaging has a range of microscopes and microscope accessories. They also have a wide variety of microscope adapters compatible with consumer digital cameras, such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc. http://www.mecanusa.com/DigiCamAdapter/list.htm To check if your camera and microscopes are compatible visit:-http://www.mecanusa.com/DigiCamAdapter/phototube.htm
To help customers there is a “microscope & eyepiece size compatibility list”http://www.mecanusa.com/microscope/micrometer/micrometer-sizelist.html
Another site with comprehensive information about
custom adapters for matching digital cameras to microscopes is Richard
J. Kinch's excellent site at http://www.truetex.com/micad.htm
- he also has an excellent Links for Digital Photomicrography section
at the very bottom of the page.
||PAXcam (high resolution USB2 device)
A professional digital microscope camera with fast image transfer.
Olympus Mic-D (desk mount USB device,
For more details, quick start guides, etc visit http://www.olympusmicro.com/micd/anatomy/
fantastice microscope photos from the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging
Competition at http://www.olympusbioscapes.com/gallery/2005/
Digital Blue QX5, QX7 (desk
mount USB device, ~$100)
Current details http://www.digiblue.com/categories/Microscopes/ Easily connected to a computer, high resolution,
includes video playback. Some more background on this device at http://www.microscopemaster.com/digital-blue-microscope.html
(previously marketed by Intel Play Toys).