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Dino-Lites & Digital USB Microscopes

For advice on making the most of your Dino-Lite digital USB microscope. Covering everything from magnification, to cleaning and maintenance, to the best apps and software integration.

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Are Dino-Lite's as powerful as full size digital microscopes? they look so small.

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John Buie

I have used full size regular digital microscopes before and I am wondering how these Dino-lite microscopes can be comparable when they are 1/10th the size of my desktop scope. Are these really a replacement for a full size digital microscope, or are they just for casual use? 

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On first glance you might think of the Dino-Lite digital microscope as more of a gadget than an effective, handheld, digital microscope, but it is a professional, handheld, portable microscope that is widely used in industry for inspection applications while also proving popular with hobbyists. The microscope, whether in contact with the specimen or on the same level (skin is a good example) was constructed to reach maximum magnification and clear focus, depending on which model you're using.

The length of the nozzle affects the focal length. In order to reach maximum magnification, hold the microscope on the specimen until it comes into focus and then continue to zoom until the observed object comes into focus a second time. Now you've reached maximum magnification. Keep in mind that when the microscope is farther away from the specimen you can only zoom in at one magnification range.

So, what is the magnification? Magnification depends on the specific model. However, the standard range is 10x-220x or 230x with 240x in some of the newer 4000 and 7000 series models. Enhanced working distance models typically, include up to 92x magnification while T models include fixed 500x magnification. Specialist models can also include different levels of magnification.

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