My new USB microscope.

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My new USB microscope.

Post by exxos » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:43 pm

Digital Andonstar Microscope.

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2 images I just took with a first fiddle..

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The PCB is 11mm x 16mm. SOT23-5 IC, 0805 caps.

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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by rpineau » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:26 pm

Nice.. I should get one of these too.
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by Maeke » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:13 pm

same here.
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by exxos » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:37 pm

I think this will be a really useful tool. So far I have been using one of the small handheld pocket magnifies, and I have been trying to solder using this till now. I do have a very large magnifier with a light, but I cannot really use this for long as it starts hurting my eyes :(

At least with this small microscope, I can give myself a lot of room on the PCB, and should be able to solder a lot easier this way. And also this will be a lot better for checking for short-circuits across pins of ICs.
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by Maeke » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:24 am

:bravo: :goodpost:
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by exxos » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:14 pm

Close up of a 1206 part :)

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CPU close up..
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by IngoQ » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:46 am

Seems like there is no excuse for bad solder joints any more ... damn ;)
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by Smonson » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:09 am

That looks awesome. The picture quality is very good!

I rely on one of those huge magnifying glasses on a big metal arm, but I can't use it with the hot air gun because it gets in the way. I'll definitely follow in your footsteps if my eyes get any worse than they already are (which is pretty bad)

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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by exxos » Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:41 am

Smonson wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:09 am
I rely on one of those huge magnifying glasses on a big metal arm, but I can't use it with the hot air gun because it gets in the way.
I got one of those as well, got a good light on it as well. But after using it for like 10mins it makes my eyes go funny, so never been able to really use it.
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Re: My new USB microscope.

Post by Smonson » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:52 am

exxos wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:41 am
I got one of those as well, got a good light on it as well. But after using it for like 10mins it makes my eyes go funny, so never been able to really use it.
Yeah they are rough - to keep everything in focus the glass has to be parallel to the work, which just makes it impossible to get your hands in!

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