The Digital Microscope

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We have all carried out research on bacteria and fungi under a microscope during a biology lesson in high school. By means of light and magnification, we can examine all the small details of different objects. This gives us a picture of the structure, which can be important in determining the origin and core. What is happening in your house at the molecular level? And what is the structure of your hair or nails? Purchasing a real light microscope for these types of investigations may seem a bit over the top, and that is why the digital microscope has been developed, to help satisfy the young inquisitive mind.

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What is a digital microscope?

In addition to the Virtual Reality glasses, the smartwatch, and other digital toys you already have at home, the digital microscope will be a great addition to your list of indispensable gadgets. We all know about the light microscope, where you can observe a specimen through the eyepiece, raised by the tube and aperture, and focused by the lens. To create a more accessible version, the digital microscope has been developed. The device is ideal for digital, microscopic examination of various substances; skin and hair, biological material, jewellery, and micro-electronics, as well as stamps and banknotes. The microscope can magnify up to 1000 times the image, and can be connected to electronic devices via a USB cable, to view the item being examined. The size of the microscope makes it easy to transport and use anywhere. The price of the device varies between 20 and 800 euros, making it accessible to all.

What are the possibilities of this microscope?

A digital microscope is a real addition to your home, and many parts of the device can be recognized on an ordinary light microscope.

Setting up the digital microscope.

To use the digital microscope, all parts must be unpacked and checked to ensure all components are included. After this, the setup of the microscope can begin. Place the microscope on a flat surface and screw the microscope camera into the camera mouth from above. Plug the USB cable into the USB port of the microscope, and connect the other end to your computer.

Installing the software.

Install the required software on your computer with the software CD. This will be loaded automatically, and the software will be downloaded within a few minutes, via step by step onscreen instructions. To download the software, a Microsoft operating system is required, which is generally installed on most computers. If you are not running the Windows operating system, it can be installed separately.

Controlling the light quality.

The microscope can generate its light via the USB cable, and therefore does not need to be connected to another energy source. Three light options are offered, consisting of surface lighting (light from above), sub-phase lighting (light from below), and a combination of both light from above and below. It depends on the material to be examined which lighting is needed, and this can sometimes require a little trial and error adjustment.

Using the software.

After the installation, the software can be started on your computer. With your software running, you can turn on the camera, and set the resolution of the images. The subject’s magnification can also be adjusted with the software. As a result, images can be obtained from the object which can be easily saved for later viewing.

The observation of objects.

When using the microscope, a distinction can be made between transparent and opaque objects. Transparent objects are generally completely flat or liquid. Think of drops or insect wings. Opaque objects are generally larger and not as flat. Think of small insects, pollen from plants, and coins. The difference between these types of objects also means a difference in setting the microscope, which can easily be done using the software program.

After trying and discovering the digital microscope, you will be an expert in researching everything in and around the home, and you enter a world full of detail and interesting compositions. The possibilities are endless, and the digital microscope offers solutions for every curious amateur researcher.

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The Digital Microscope
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We have all carried out research on bacteria and fungi under a microscope during a biology lesson in high school. By means of light and magnification, we can examine all the small details of different objects.

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