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New magnifier

Post by Smonson » Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:45 pm

...they want to call it a microscope, but magnifier is probably more realistic. I just received delivery one of these Andonstar AD206s:

http://www.andonstar.com/e_products/Dig ... 06-12.html
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For the amount of money that it cost ($125 AUD) it's very good and a big step up from my "giant magnifying glass on a stick". All the specs on the website are exaggerated to ridiculousness, but in fact it's not terribly bad value.

Importantly, the stand and focus adjustments are sturdy and smooth, and it can be tilted back to get it out of the way leaving plenty of space to get to the board. The angled lighting from the two big and very bright spotlights is a huge improvement over the usual LED ring around the imager (although it also has one of those). This partially makes up for the camera resolution being average (the imager resolution is 1920x1080 or thereabouts).
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Re: New magnifier

Post by rubber_jonnie » Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:19 pm

Not dissimilar to mine, as you say, specs are a bit over exaggerated, but definitely worth a punt. I think mine was under £40 but I think your base looks a bit more robust.

Also connects to my workbench PC for on screen goodness :)
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Re: New magnifier

Post by Maximilian » Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:37 pm

Care to share a link Rubber_Jonnie?

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Re: New magnifier

Post by PaulJ_2.0 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:37 pm

I know it's a chunk of money more but this is an absolute steal.



https://www.banggood.com/Industry-3_5X- ... rehouse=CZ

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Re: New magnifier

Post by rubber_jonnie » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:39 pm

Maximilian wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:37 pm
Care to share a link Rubber_Jonnie?
Search on eBay for: 1000X Magnification 4.3"LCD Display Portable 720P Digital Microscope With Holder

This is like mine: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1000X-Magnif ... SwITRd-1sE just from a different seller.

For the price it is good enough for my needs, turns out mine was just under £30.

Looks like this:
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And the image isn't bad, this is looking at a damaged trace (Now fixed) on my MSTE keyboard.
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The moire patterns are just as a result of taking the picture, the image is clear and stable otherwise. For scale, the damaged track is about 1/2mm wide.
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Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: New magnifier

Post by rubber_jonnie » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:40 pm

PaulJ_2.0 wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:37 pm
I know it's a chunk of money more but this is an absolute steal.



https://www.banggood.com/Industry-3_5X- ... rehouse=CZ
Nice though, if I ever get a bigger workshop (Dare to dream it!!) I'd be up for that sort of thing.
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800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: New magnifier

Post by Smonson » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:12 am

rubber_jonnie wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Search on eBay for: 1000X Magnification 4.3"LCD Display Portable 720P Digital Microscope With Holder
Oh yeah! The microscope part of this one looks very similar to my little USB one that I'm upgrading from:
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The only annoyance of this one is that the focus is not smooth to turn, it's a bit sticky and moves in bursts. But the lack of a proper stand and screen are the main reasons why it's no good for working out in the garage. I've been using it only for inspecting soldered boards at the end of the process.

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Re: New magnifier

Post by rubber_jonnie » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:57 am

Smonson wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:12 am
rubber_jonnie wrote:
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Search on eBay for: 1000X Magnification 4.3"LCD Display Portable 720P Digital Microscope With Holder
Oh yeah! The microscope part of this one looks very similar to my little USB one that I'm upgrading from:
usb-microscope.jpg
The only annoyance of this one is that the focus is not smooth to turn, it's a bit sticky and moves in bursts. But the lack of a proper stand and screen are the main reasons why it's no good for working out in the garage. I've been using it only for inspecting soldered boards at the end of the process.
Yeah, that's very similar, though I have no problems with my focus, it is very smooth. What I don't like about mine is the small stand which is plastic, and if you turn it around because you have something larger to look at, the weight in the stand isn't enough and it tips over! I've learned what works as a good counterweight!

However, the microscope is removeable from the stand, so it is quite easy to us it by hand, and I think making a different stand would be quite simple. It was just under £30 so I expect it to have flaws, and since I don't have a large workshop, just an old computer desk, its small size is handy.
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800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Amiga stuff, Mac stuff, Sinclair stuff etc...
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Re: New magnifier

Post by PaulJ_2.0 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:04 am

How about using a cheap microphone boom that clamps to a desk/shelf(ideally to minimise shaking)?

Something like this would be articulated enough move where youd need it on any desk:

https://tinyurl.com/ikklescope

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Re: New magnifier

Post by rubber_jonnie » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:59 am

PaulJ_2.0 wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:04 am
How about using a cheap microphone boom that clamps to a desk/shelf(ideally to minimise shaking)?

Something like this would be articulated enough move where youd need it on any desk:

https://tinyurl.com/ikklescope
That's a great idea, I'd need to check the measurements since I already have a magnifying glass on something similar consuming space. My workbench is very small, hopefully when we move I'll have more room, just need to sell first!
Collector of old Atari things:
800XL + Ultimate 1MB, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k +APE Warp) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg), 1040STF long button floppy, 2x 1040 STFMs + Gotek, 2x 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher, Mega ST1, Mega ST4, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
Plus the rest..
Amiga stuff, Mac stuff, Sinclair stuff etc...
www.electronicnothingness.co.uk

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