[sdiy] stereo optical microscope for assembly and repair

Eric Schlappi eric.schlappi at gmail.com
Sat Aug 17 01:52:19 CEST 2019


I picked up the Amscope SM-4BZ-80S several years ago for $475 and still
consider it to be a great purchase.

If you are planning to solder under a microscope you want to make sure sure
to get a 0.5x Barlow lens to extend the focal length so you have enough
room to fit your hands under there.

On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 4:06 PM charlie <charlie at finitemonkeys.com> wrote:

> i've had the amscope trinocular for 3 or so years , its very heavy but
> never had any problems with it, if you want physical optical added a
> usb 3  camera to it and its slightly laggy, you can solder with it,,
> picked it up at amscopes warehouse in ca for a small discount
>
> for cheap these are good, low latency cheep and cheerful. soldering no
> issue. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JC4N8FF we use these for
> teaching smd classes and such.
>
> but my favourite one at the moment is
> https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32867628649.html with the stand and
> lense, no lag and the autofocus makes a huge difference, i never use
> my mantis anymore. can change objective/barlows and get different
> ranges. and no fiddling around with eyepieces. plug it into a capture
> card for pc, or a monitor/tv. also way easier to move around and less
> deskspace than the amscope
>
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 15:56, Kylee Kennedy <kmkennedy at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I really want one of those AmScopes. Would love to hear reviews of
> SDIY'ers using it also.
> > Some people buy those cheapo USB 5 Megapixel microscopes, but I've heard
> a bunch are knock offs and not really high quality video and the signal
> latency is maddening for people doing repair, debugging boards.
> >
> > Kylee
> >
> > On Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 3:24 PM Kenny Balys <kenny at beatkamp.com> 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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