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Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope

B&H # CEMDHD1040 Mfr # 44302-A
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Product Highlights
  • 10-40x and 150x Power
  • Built-In 2Mp Digital Camera
  • LED Illumination
  • USB Powered
  • Software CD-ROM Included
  • Includes Metal Stand

The Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope is an entry-level and budget-friendly device for the curious. This microscope includes a metal stand for viewing specimens, and as the name suggests, it can be handheld for viewing most anything else. The microscope features 10-40x and 150x power. The built-in 2Mp camera allows you to capture still images and video of everything you examine. The included software CD-ROM helps facilitates image capture and helps with organization and measurements (for Windows systems only).

Handheld digital microscope powered by a USB 2.0 cable
Built-in 2Mp digital camera for snapshots and video capture
10-40x and 150x power
LED illumination
Software CD-ROM for basic image capture and organization, along with simple measurements (For Windows based systems)
Resolution 2Mp
Power 10 to 40x
150x
Illumination LED
Computer Requirements UVC plug and play with Windows 7, Vista, XP and Mac 10.4.9 and later
CD/DVD drive and open USB port
Dimensions 4.25 x 1.25" / 108 x 32mm
Weight 4 oz / 113g
Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope
  • Metal Stand
  • Software CD-ROM
  • User's Manual
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    CelestronDeluxe Handheld Digital Microscope
     
    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (11)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Quality lenses (10)
    • Accurate (9)

    Cons

    • Difficult to focus (6)

    Best Uses

    • In the field (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (6), Lab assistant (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Linux Compatable

    Runs great using linux vl4 driver which is included in Ubuntu linux and others. Clear picture when focused correctly. Keep in mind the the depth of view is shallow at high resolution. That's...Read complete review

    Runs great using linux vl4 driver which is included in Ubuntu linux and others. Clear picture when focused correctly. Keep in mind the the depth of view is shallow at high resolution. That's why you make slides.

    Was able to photo and video at 1600x1200 using cheese a simple free program.

    Did you know that a fly's wings have hair around the edges? The wings focused perfectly, but if you image the flys head some of the edges or soft because of limited depth of field.

    The on knob focus brings the image in and out of focus as you go from 10x 40x 150x. The actual size is going to depend on exactly where the image is positioned.

    All in all great for the price and allows me to create new SyFi drawings from real insect image references.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Okay on a PC...forget the Mac

    I had no problem loading the software and getting a useable image with an older PC. Not so with a Mac.
    With no sucess on my home Mac Pro, I proceeded to try...Read complete review

    I had no problem loading the software and getting a useable image with an older PC. Not so with a Mac.
    With no sucess on my home Mac Pro, I proceeded to try connecting this scope to two different Macbook pros and a Mac book and another Mac Pro at work. Non of them could view or capture an image. The manufacturer's support people admitted that the microscope as hardware is recognized by the Mac but they have no workaround for getting the software to capture the images on Mac Leopard or Lion Operating Systems."
    In other words, It doesn't work on the Mac Operating system that has been shipping with the computer for the past four or five years.

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    5.0

    Excellent tool for crime scene work!

    By Amy

    from Winter Haven, FL

    About Me Lab Assistant

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Well Calibrated
    • Works Properly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In The Field
      • In The Lab
      • Research

      Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

      Simple to use, simple to install the software. The microscope lets us see details on evidence that we were not previously about to visualize (such as blood spatter, defects, tool marks, etc.). Highly recommend to anyone working in the forensics or crime scene field, especially for the price. Only thing we didn't care for was that you couldn't take measurements on past images, only live ones.

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      2.0

      Difficult to Focus with awkward stand

      By The Bug Doctor

      from The OC, California

      About Me Academic/Professional Researcher

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact And Light Weight

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • In The Field

      Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

      I use a digital microscope in the field with a MacBook Pro to identify insects. It was easy to use with my Macs (also have a iMac in my lab). It uses Photo Booth as the photo capture application and one problem was that I had to take pictures from the computer and NOT from the microscope. Focusing is very difficult (as the other reviewers posted) because the dial is slick and smooth (can't get a grip) and the focusing dial is very tight making it hard to turn. When you add the awkward stand to the mix it just gets frustrating. I ended up getting the Celestron 5MP Pro to replace this even though its a bit bulkier in the field. It is very stable, focuses like a dream and its software lets you add annotations, arrows, etc. to pictures.

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      5.0

      Review Update

      By Charlie

      from Fort Collins, CO

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

          I reviewed this product in January but couldn't find a way to update the review. I gave it mixed reviews in January primarily because of the poor real time picture quality. It turns out that real time quality is limited by the included software. The microscope itself is far better..... I am much happier with the product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Recommended to my friends

          By Jay

          from New Orleans

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Lenses

          Cons

          • Takes Time To Get Used To

          Best Uses

            Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

            MY optical Stereo Microscope can not capture images as this scope can. The variable magnification is excellent. It even stows easily in my shallow desk drawer. The price makes it a necessity to this science teacher, I wish I had this years ago. From fibers to coins this is amazing!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Served the purpose I bought it for.

            By Kumar

            from Ridgway,PA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Difficult To Focus

            Best Uses

            • Explore Micro World
            • Hobby

            Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

            Used it to upload Microscopic view of a biopsy slide of mine to my Digital Medical Record.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Good for some applications but not great

            By Charlie

            from Fort Collins, CO

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Difficult To Focus
            • Difficult to Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

              The microscope has some excellent attrributes and some very poor ones. The mount works well. The clarity is good for still pictures over all magnifications. The lense mechanism is smooth. And it can be a great device for some applications. In these areas, it is a good value and easy to use.

              But at the same time, it really comes up short of a well designed product overall. It can be hard to use in many cases. The focussing is too way too stiff. The stiffness makes difficult to focus without disturbing the specimen if everything cannot be made rock solid - a problem is many cases. The movie mode is very poor. Resolution, frame rate and color rendition are very bad. This is a problem for me mostly because the mode is used for set up. But recorded video is not great either. The device must have a completely out of date camera sensor chip inside. Nothing current is that bad. Any webcam or cellphone available in the last 3-5 years is far better. A poor movie mode makes it difficult to focus and adjust the specimen position for good lighting. And don't trust the measurement mode in the software. Use a reference in the picture. It can be set up to be close but you can be off by a factor of 2 or more and not know it. The instructions are terrible.

              I would recommend this to a friend but with caveates. A few nearly cost free changes in the design could make it a great product.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Functional, but not impressive

              By Secret City Bob

              from Oak Ridge, TN.

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Quality Lenses
              • Sturdy Stand

              Cons

              • Difficult To Focus

              Best Uses

              • Electronics
              • Skin Examination
              • Splinter Extraction

              Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

              Focus knob is too hard to turn with fairly shallow ridges to grip on.

              Nice stand!!

              I've had the LEDs go out several times with the slightest pressure on areas between the focus ring and lens spacer.

              The unit only clips into its stand clamp in an orientation that leaves the top of the displayed image at the bottom of the area the camera is looking at. This makes moving it to an area of interest awkwardly upside down. Inverting the camera would have been nice.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great microscope for the money!

              By Snappy Pappy

              from Fredericksburg, Texas

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                  Easy to setup and easy to use!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Neat Piece of Equipment for the Price

                  By K Sharma

                  from Cleveland, Ohio

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality Lenses
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Only One Point Measuremen

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                    For measuring size of quality defects and recording videos of process changes at 150X

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent tool for philatelic work

                    By Peter D. Punster

                    from Toronto, ON, Canada

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Unusual Counter

                    Best Uses

                    • Low Visibility
                    • Philately Stamps

                    Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                    The scope comes with a built in measuring ruler that needs to be placed on top of the object to be read correctly. However, by using simple math skills, including the calculator in Microsoft Windows any object can be measured at ANY height. To do so do the following:
                    1. Raise the scope and focus it at the desired height.
                    2. On the surface you wish to measure place a ruler marked in mm and measure 10mm. The answer you get will NOT be 10 because the ruler is actually in the scope itself. What you will see is as an example 8.56mm. One mm is therefore 0.856mm at THIS height.
                    3. Now run the Microsoft Calculator and put the answer in #2 im memory as e.g. 0.856.
                    4. Remove the ruler the USER supplied (not the one included) and replace it with the object to be measured.
                    5. Use the included ruler and measure the required distance.
                    6. Enter this number into the Calculator and DIVIDE by the value in 'Memory'.
                    This is the true measurement of the object at this height.
                    The choice of three image sizes is ideal, what I call regular - what you see when the program starts, large by using the usual 'windows' enlarge box, and full screen - escape takes back one step.
                    The ability to take a single shot, or 'burst' mode - user can change quantity, or video is again ideal. Also has the ability to create as many new albums as the user requires.
                    To look for abnormalities in stamps is much quicker two handed, because of the included stand. Even the picture taking cna be mouse driven - scope never loses focus.
                    I can se many additional uses for this tool:
                    1. Helping those with poor eysight to read in large fonts on their PC or with use of an HDMI cable on most high definiton TV's.
                    2. Medical staff to immediately capture and monitor and measure VISIBLE medical conditions.
                    3. Cross stitch hobbists who need to easily count threads in material.
                    To be quite frank, I can not say enough in the space I have. I have bought 20 and sold all to friends at cost.
                    Questionable: There is an image counter that does not reset, even though you rename an image. This is both good - you can not overwrite an image and bad - you could have 1,000's of image numbers and oly a few images.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Linux Compatable

                    By Rod

                    from Maryland USA

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Focus
                    • Limited Depth of filed

                    Best Uses

                    • Insect details

                    Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                    Runs great using linux vl4 driver which is included in Ubuntu linux and others. Clear picture when focused correctly. Keep in mind the the depth of view is shallow at high resolution. That's why you make slides.

                    Was able to photo and video at 1600x1200 using cheese a simple free program.

                    Did you know that a fly's wings have hair around the edges? The wings focused perfectly, but if you image the flys head some of the edges or soft because of limited depth of field.

                    The on knob focus brings the image in and out of focus as you go from 10x 40x 150x. The actual size is going to depend on exactly where the image is positioned.

                    All in all great for the price and allows me to create new SyFi drawings from real insect image references.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    ligth and cheaper

                    By Topi

                    from Chile

                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Study of small parts
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                    I use this in fiel for take pictures and review small rock grains. Really is a good element, but the focussing is a few hard and is very complicated know what is the magnification in use. The software is very simple and the measurements are completely inexacts

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Product does exactly as I expected

                    By Tim

                    from Lagrange, Georgia

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Portable
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Bright Conditions
                    • Flat Black Backgroud
                    • Low Visibility

                    Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                    Simple to set up and use, just load the disc and your ready to go. Able to measure and photograh images of specific defects in small manufactured parts. Great troubleshooting device.I have bought one for each of Quality Functional leaders.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    State-of-the art handheld digital scope!

                    By Tami the University Instructor

                    from The midwest

                    About Me Professional Guide

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy
                      • Bird Watching

                      Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                      I use these at the university level in a science teaching methods course offered to elementary education majors. The students can use the handheld scopes to magnify material and see it displayed on their laptop or desktop computer.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Okay on a PC...forget the Mac

                      By Marc

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                      I had no problem loading the software and getting a useable image with an older PC. Not so with a Mac.
                      With no sucess on my home Mac Pro, I proceeded to try connecting this scope to two different Macbook pros and a Mac book and another Mac Pro at work. Non of them could view or capture an image. The manufacturer's support people admitted that the microscope as hardware is recognized by the Mac but they have no workaround for getting the software to capture the images on Mac Leopard or Lion Operating Systems."
                      In other words, It doesn't work on the Mac Operating system that has been shipping with the computer for the past four or five years.

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                      4.0

                      Good product at a cheap price

                      By Tom

                      from Wooster, Ohio

                      About Me Lab Assistant

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Built in light
                      • Comes with stand
                      • Easy to use software
                      • Good construction
                      • Good price value
                      • Zoom

                      Cons

                      • Digital display clarity
                      • Hard to adjust focus
                      • Light too bright sometime

                      Best Uses

                      • Quick microscopic picture

                      Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                      Overall happy with the product. It works good for simple uses. Pictures are not crystal clear but for the price you cant expect too much. Zooms really close up. Great buy!

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                      5.0

                      Great little microscope

                      By Mark

                      from Wisconsin

                      About Me Lab Assistant

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Works Properly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • In The Field
                        • In The Lab

                        Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                        This inexpensive digital microscope works great. It is easy to set-up and use. The images that you get are amazing. I was playing with it and used it to look at the edge of my knife. I couldn't believe how bad the edge of the blade looked when under magnification. I am very happy with this device.

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                        4.0

                        Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope

                        By KeyserSozae

                        from Northern CA

                        About Me Academic/Professional Researcher

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Celestron Deluxe Handheld Digital Microscope:

                              I am a master gardener and as such I am always experimenting with my plants. The microscope lets me take pictures in various stages and compare those to other experiments in the same stages. I use the microscope to monitor for insects, mold, and other issues which can plague my greenhouse operation. The things I like most are the simplicity of use, the quality of the pictures I get(2MP is plenty), the price is great, and the unit seems to be of good quality. The things I don't like so much: The focus knob is too difficult to turn with the slick surface. The surface should be knurled so your fingers don't slip and focus is easier to obtain. Lastly the software is very minimal. Don't expect to be able to tag your pictures of do much else other than just capture a bunch of images. Be sure and take notes as you take the pictures so you can run them through other software and manipulate or even name them. Other than that it is a good solid product for the price.

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