The AmScope M158C-E monocular compound microscope has a 10x widefield and 25x widefield eyepiece, a forward-facing nosepiece with three DIN achromatic objectives, Brightfield LED illumination, a 0.65 NA single-lens condenser, and a plain stage. The integrated 0.3MP CMOS sensor has a removable USB 2.0 output to capture or display still or video images on a computer or projector. The forward-facing revolving nosepiece has 4x, 10x, and 40x DIN achromatic objectives that provide color correction of magnified images. The monocular viewing head has one 10x widefield eyepiece on a fixed 45-degree vertical inclination to reduce eye and neck strain and 360-degree rotation capability to provide a more comprehensive view and enable sharing. A digital compound microscope is used for inspection and dissection specimens when two-dimensional images are desired, and where image capture, detailed records, or documentation is required.
The microscope includes a 0.3MP camera that has a CMOS color sensor for displaying still and video images, or streaming live video to a computer or projector. The Brightfield (BF) camera-type produces dark images on a light background. The camera can be mounted in any 23mm, 30mm, or 30.5mm eyepiece, and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (includes drivers). The camera includes a Windows-only compatible image capture and editing software package that provides still image and live video capture and editing. The software supports JPG, TIF, GIF, PSD, WMF, and BMP file formats. Editing features include stitching, EDF (extended depth of field), note insertion, and adding shapes and watermarks.
The microscope has lower (diascopic) Brightfield illumination that transmits light up through the specimen for enhanced visibility of translucent and transparent objects. Brightfield (BF) illumination allows the specimen to absorb light, resulting in a dark image on a light background. LED illumination provides bright, cool light for working with temperature-sensitive or live specimens. The 0.65 NA single-lens condenser and six-hole disc diaphragm control the amount of light illuminating the specimen. Coaxial coarse focus eases use for young viewers. The plain stage has an opening for light transmission and stage clips to secure the slide or specimen in place while viewing. A stage stop prevents the stage or specimen from coming into contact with the objectives. The microscope has three AA batteries (sold separately) and a power adapter to allow the microscope to be used away from power sources. The solid-metal frame has a stain-resistant enamel finish for durability.
|Objectives||4X, 10x, 40xS achromatic|
|Lighting configuration||Transmitted (lower)|
|Light source||LED, 4.5V|
|Power||110V/60Hz or three AA batteries|
|Image type||Still and live video|
|File formats||JPG, TIF, GIF, PSD, WMF, BMP|
|Mounting size||23mm, 30mm, 30.5mm|
|Computer connection||USB 2.0|
|Compatibility||Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8; and Mac OS (Driver Free)|
Microscopes are instruments used to enhance the resolution of an object or image. Types include compound, stereo, or digital. Compound microscopes use a compound optical system with an objective lens and an eyepiece. Stereo microscopes show object depth in a three-dimensional image. Digital microscopes are used to display an image on a monitor, rather than looking through a lens. Microscopes can have monocular (one), binocular (two), or trinocular (three) eyepieces, with varying magnification abilities. Magnification ability refers to the size of an image. Resolution, also known as resolvant power, refers to the clarity of the image. The interaction between field of view (FOV), numerical aperture (NA), and working distance (WD) determines resolution. Microscopes can control magnification through a fixed focus, or through a range of adjustments. They can also utilize LED, fluorescent, and mirror light sources to help control viewing capabilities. Microscopes are widely used in education, lab research, biology, metallurgy, engineering, chemistry, manufacturing, and in the medical, forensic science, and veterinary industries.
United Scope manufactures microscopy equipment and accessories under the brand name AmScope. The company, founded in 1996, is headquartered in Irvine, CA.