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Old 29 October 2018, 10:53   #1
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Cool Microscope recommendation for soldering/repairs

Title says it all.
Budget under $100-150.
Digital or not?
Is it enough? or waste of money?
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Old 29 October 2018, 13:19   #2
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You can 'make it work' as a kind of budget amateur setup to use one of the cheap usb scopes, but its important you use a sturdy and stable stand - not the flimsy POS that comes with it, and obviously you'll need a display (I have an old 15" flat screen right infront of me as a second monitor) to look up at as you're working.

With this configuration its more a case of - do changes, check, do changes, check, etc etc.

You may also need extra lighting etc.

I've done this successfully on a super cheap budget. So it really is entirely up to you.

Others will suggest getting a second hand but good non-digital scope, and they're probably not wrong.

All I can say is that my setup works for me, and was low cost.

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Old 29 October 2018, 13:43   #3
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AFAIK you wear glasses, so I do not think the classic microscope is suitable for you for soldering.
Beside that, I experienced this toy recently and it was okay. Analog device with lightning.

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Old 29 October 2018, 15:48   #4
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LOL@Senzor: 0.3 CMOS, interpolowany do 2 Mpx

I think it needs at least full 2mpix for HD
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Old 29 October 2018, 20:27   #5
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https://www.ebay.de/itm/14MP-HDMI-mi...uYDR:rk:3:pf:0

I can recommend this one, or similiar. You can even remove the lower metal plate and screw it directly onto your table. I think this is about the most you get out of little money. Cheaper Cameras tend to have really bad Image Quality and/or bad refresh rate.
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Old 29 October 2018, 21:15   #6
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Let me just ask you this:

What is this scope for?

Because the last recommendation - whilst great - is almost a hundred euros over budget.

If its going to be used every day, then sure, but for one or two introductory projects or repairs?

I dunno man, think we can do better than 216 euros. Even if it means analogue.

Just my opinion, of course!

John

EDIT: For what its worth the pics in this post were taken with a USB scope that cost me just over 10 GBP delivered from China. Not saying its great, just saying its (for now) the tool that fits the job. Ya know?

EDIT2: Here's a pic from the same scope of an area of an A600 board that has some gunky cap leakage going on. Again, not bad for 10-12 GBP - remember though its stabalised by a sturdy lab... holder.... thingy and probably lit from a couple diff. sourcces.



By the way thats the same resolution you see live on the screen.

It does take some jerry rigging - it really does - but you can make it work on a low budget for sure.
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Old 29 October 2018, 21:20   #7
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Use your phone and an app called magnifier

Not sure how you'd mount it though but has okay zoom levels depending on the phone
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Old 29 October 2018, 22:32   #8
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If you just want to inspect your soldering I recommend a jeweler's loupe. I have a great set from China with built in LEDs. Won't give you a link because I ordered some more and they sent me crappy ones.
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I highly recommend this scope https://www.ebay.com/itm/AmScope-10X-Binocular-Stereo-Microscope-on-Boom-Arm-Stand-LED-Goose-Neck-Light/401623948478?epid=2255406389&hash=item5d82a71cbe:g:EYkAAOSw8Wdbmqzu:rk:18f:0

Sometimes they come up used, I got mine for $25usd at a flee market!
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https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-D...pe-c-5313.html
i use the Andonstar ADSM302 and before that the A1
guy on ebay sells filters
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Andonstar-A...YAAOSwnHZYh~P7
but as you can see there are many in your budget and most have HDMI out and take snaps shots and vid ofc
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your budget i would say Andonstar ADSM201

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Old 30 October 2018, 11:59   #11
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hmm adonstar looks good
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