This USB supported microscope uses an LCD screen instead of a standard eyepiece to display objects as small as a strand of hair with its 40X lens.
The compound microscope uses a built-in 2 MP digital camera to capture still images or videos and displays objects on its 3 1/2 inches thin-film transistor LCD at 320 x 240 resolution. The three objective lenses (4X, 10X, or 40X) provide magnification from 40X-400X (up to 1600X when used with its 4X digital zoom feature); objects can either be illuminated from the top (for solid objects) or from the bottom (for prepared slides) using two separate 6-watt LED light sources that can each be controlled by turning an exposu re value knob. A filter wheel provides six different colors to help block out wavelengths to make objects clearer.
The camera’s built-in 128 MB memory can store up to 120 still shots or up to 40 minutes of video at 1600 x 1200 resolution; an SD card slot allows for memory expansion. It has easy-to-use controls for taking and reviewing pictures and videos; it also has a USB port (USB cable included) that allows you to download your pictures and videos to your computer. Includes five slides (insect and plant parts) and a carrying case. Plugs into AC with included adapter.
The Video Screen Microscope measures 13(H) x 6(W) x 4 1/2(D) inches and the product is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $299.95. (Update: The link was removed because this page no longer exists. However, you can find similar products by browsing our listings of Microscopes and related products.)