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The Lab Equipment Store has the Celestron 44302 Handheld Digital Microscope for $51.74, and it’s so sweet. The details are a bit thin as both the Lab Equipment and Amazon listings have an entirely different picture than the Celestron site, but it looks to be a fairly high-resolution (compared to the “toy” ones, anyway) digital microscope that has 10X, 40X and 150X magnification with a built-in illuminator.

Why do you need a microscope in the shop? Three reasons, really: I use several optical ones for finding and removing insanely painful and tiny metal splinters in my finger, checking the edge of tools when I sharpen them, and on a mount for aligning and inspecting work on my milling machine and lathe. A digital microscope would allow me to view objects on my laptop instead of through a tiny eyepiece. I’ve been looking around for a good digital one and this might be it.

Celestron 44302 Handheld Digital Microscope [scimedlabequip.com]


2 Responses to Dealmonger: Celestron 44302 Handheld Digital Microscope

  1. Davo says:

    Nice…most of the digital microscopes I have seen are consumer-grade, at best, and more expensive than that, too…

  2. Nick the Hick says:

    I really wish it came in a stand-alone version, with a small screen. I have critters, and sometimes I use a microscope in very unusual conditions. A laptop won’t always work. Guess I could put one of those laptop stands in the truck, but I hate losing the spare seat.

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