[sdiy] stereo optical microscope for assembly and repair

Vladimir Pantelic vladoman at gmail.com
Sat Aug 17 10:58:28 CEST 2019

I have the cheapest AmScope, the SE400X 5X-10X for $200

I bought the 5x/10x combo thinking the 5x would give me a larger field
of vision, but with half the magnification you also get half the image
size, so 10x / 20x would have been better

I added my own ring light from a piece of MDF and some white LEDs:


On 17.08.19 09:38, paula at synth.net wrote:
> Hi,
>  I got one of these -
> https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006QN5T5G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
>  AMScope, have to say, it's fabulous.. it's got a heavy (and I mean
> heavy) base so I can put that on the back of my bench and swing the
> scope round when I need it, also has a good focal distance so I can get
> tweezers/pliers/soldering iron under it without discomfort. I can also
> work on it with my glasses on which makes swapping from looking in the
> scope to looking at schematics on screen/paper super easy.
>  The LED ring light is also fab.
>  I would recommend this to anyone doing surface mount in a flash
> Paula
> On 2019-08-16 23:21, Kenny Balys wrote:
>> What is everyone using these days for stereo scopes?
>> My eyes are finally pooched and I am looking for something with a
>> decent field of
>> view.
>> So far, I am seeing AmScope products as a good contender. $650 seems
>> to be the going rate.
>> if anyone has any preferences, or recs or advice I would love to hear it.
>> Was hoping to do something for less than $400.
>> Thanks in advance,
>> ./k
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