Porta-Trace / Gagne Porta-Scope Handheld Digital Microscope

Porta-Trace / Gagne Porta-Scope Handheld Digital Microscope

Porta-Trace / Gagne Porta-Scope Handheld Digital Microscope

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  • 1.3MP (1280 x 1024) Resolution
  • 10-200x Digital Output
  • LED Illumination
  • USB Powered (Battery-Free)

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The Porta-Trace Porta-Scope Handheld Digital Microscope is shaped much like a typical writing instrument, making it rather easy to use intuitively almost immediately.  Powered by LED illumination which you can continually adjust with a small dial near your fingertips, the Porta-Scope zooms from 10x to 200x and usually provides more working distance between you and the subject than many of the digital microscopes.  A clear protector on the front of the device intends to prohibit accidentally bringing your scope into contact with your specimen.  The Porta-Scope comes with Windows-based software, and its output via the USB cable is a standard 1280 x 1024 resolution file.  Though Porta-Scope was designed for handheld use first, it does also come with a dedicated stand.

Handheld digital microscope with intuitive zoom, focus, and lighting controls
Excellent for hobbies/collecting, assembly/repair, and small-scale engineering work
Powered entirely from the USB socket
Adjustable-intensity LED illumination
Provides enhanced working distances; ~6" at 10x, and 0.5" @ 50x
Includes table stand and dedicated software
In the Box
Porta-Trace / Gagne Porta-Scope Handheld Digital Microscope
  • Dedicated Software (Windows XP2 or later)
  • Table Stand
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Porta-Trace / Gagne Porta-Scope specs

    Microscope Type Digital monocular
    Eyepiece Not applicable
    Objective(s) 10-200x
    Focuser Helicoid (broad green barrel)
    Light Source 6 USB-powered LEDs
    Light Control Yes
    Specimen Stage None
    Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
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    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.6 x 7.3 x 2.4"

    Porta-Trace / Gagne Porta-Scope reviews

    Porta-Scope Handheld Digital Microscope is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sharp Images, Good Color This is my first digital microscope, and I was specifically looking for a portable tool with which I could take detailed images of seeds for identification. I have been impressed by the quality of the photos and ease of use; my comparison is with a desktop dissection microscope, which allows 50x magnification and uses external light sources. The digital microscope light source is bright, adjustable, even and leaves no shadows -- a huge improvement over my desktop model. The magnification is adjustable and easy to use -- the only downside might be the requirement to have available a scale, since there is no fixed magnification level. I would have preferred larger photos, but they are an improvement over the 7-year old digital camera that I currently use and for the money I am happy with my purchase. One specific issue: I am having problems getting the software to work with Windows 7. It is running OK on an XP machine that I happened to have available, but support for resolving the Windows 7 issue (it crashes on startup) is nonexistent so far.
    Date published: 2012-12-04
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