Whats the best coin usb microscope ?

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  1. justyn p

    justyn p Member

    Whats the best coin USB microscope ? I have a cheap M-scope from China but theirs no zoom the scope can be placed up higher to view the whole coin but the lighting reduces dramatically need to invest in something better to avoid the dreaded ( your pictures are too small, show the whole coin please or poor quality ) comments
    My jam jar bottom specs just aint cutting it haha

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  3. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Hi and welcome to CT. If your scope is able to be raised enough to show the whole coin, you already have what is required. The internal light on most scopes are next to useless. 3 external lights placed at 10 o'clock, 2 o'clock and either 12 or 6 is much better. Light the coin, not it's surroundings. Also, when the images are uploaded to your post, click the Full Image button for each image before you hit Create Thread or Post Reply.
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  4. Spark1951

    Spark1951 Accomplishment, not Activity Supporter

    Research Celestron. I have a Micro-Capture Pro, around $100, it’s a 5 megapixel. I still elevate it for full (Morgan/Peace) coin pics and use an Amscope external dual gooseneck lights from 10 and 2 o’clock using diffusion paper when needed…jmho…Spark

    p.s. I’m using it with Windows 10 on a laptop, with a second 17” monitor. I was using a 22” HP monitor but it died after 14 years.
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  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Here is my $40 setup. The big issue with these scopes is getting them high enough to take the entire coin when you have something the size of a Morgan. I use a rack and pinion post that is taller than those that come with the scopes. A photo of my set up below. The Morgan is on the base and is projected to my monitor with a USB connection.
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  6. justyn p

    justyn p Member

    Hi Inspector I was looking at this Scope with the R & P post cheers looks like a decent bit of kit I wont post any pictures of my office yet as it looks like a hand grenade exploded in the loose change vault of a bank from the 1930's hahaha
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  7. MIGuy

    MIGuy Supporter! Supporter

    I also have a lousy cheap digital scope, but I prefer this Bausch & Lomb - it's much prettier anyway (relatively new acquisition to me)... b&lmagnifier.jpg
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  8. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    Most scopes say they will take the full coin, but they won't. My scope is a Mustcam, 5 mega pixel, 10X-300x. The stand that comes with it is too short and you need a taller post. Welcome to CT. We will help any way we can.
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  9. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    The setup is similar to mine. I cured the distance problem by replacing the 6" metal rod with a 30" wooden dowel. When I got the distance just right for large cents, I marked a line just like your mom used to do in a doorway.

    I use supplemental lighting as well, but every light tends to have it's own idiosyncrasies.

    Some leave a yellow tone, some leave a grey tone and others are too bright or too dim. Sometime you need an acute angle and sometime an obtuse angle. I've tried several types of diffusion with less than satisfactory results.

    I have mine hooked up to my 52" TV as a monitor.

    I'd love to have control over lighting and focus through the camera electronically while under magnification. But to get that appears to require replacing my $20 setup with a $10,000 setup. That's not going to happen.

    So for now, I settle for less.

    Nice thread and good luck.

    ps I saw a new poster who got extraordinary results somehow with his cell phone. I don't know if he had a special app (or whatever they are called) since I just switched from my flip phone to the extraordinarily difficult android.

    It took me two weeks just to learn how to answer my phone and I still don't know if I'm actually sending a text or it's going into some sort of document.
  10. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

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  11. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    I want the $20 version that was intuitive to use. Every time I purchased a replacement for more money, it became more difficult to use and the question trees became obtuse.
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  12. imrich

    imrich Supporter! Supporter

    You are correct! I just fabricated a taller post to accommodate the field desired, replaced the camera lighting
    with 3 adjustable filtration lights for generally total circular illumination. Other modifications were necessary for more
    optimum conditions, but it is an improvement over the past design.

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  13. Marshall

    Marshall Junior Member

    I've used small desk lamps and book lights. Diffusion attempts with Dryer Sheets and thin white boxes. But the auto adjustment for lighting and manual focus are problematic. I need control of the lights and the ability to focus when I'm zoomed in and not at full view.
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