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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Interesting. Almost looks like an ancient hair dryer. I have never seen
    one like this.

    Yes, I have that same gripe. Sometimes it freezes on me. But Windows is
    what slows me down the most. Multi-tasking is IMHO often a joke so I had
    to install two PCs here in the office, else my productivity would slump.
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Yes, but occasionally I would have to schlepp it off the table for space
    reasons. Mainly when a huge prototype comes in or when calibration is
    due on the network analzyer.

    My lab is not in a huge building on Otis street :)
  3. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    With the Mantis, you sit up nice and straight, no hunching over, and
    your nose stays well away from the tools.

  4. What kind of working distance do you have? I tinker with watches too and
    I've been looking for a scope for that. It gets tiresome using a loupe,
    plus depth perception isn't too good using one eye. I don't need huge
    magnification, but I do need plenty of working distance. 2-20x zoomable
    would be ideal, but zoom adds allot to the cost. There are allot of decent
    enough looking microscopes on e-bay. Maybe Joerg would like something like
    It's pretty expensive, but it looks decent and has an 8" working distance.
    You can scroll down and pick from tons of different types, mono, bi,
    trinocular, all kinds of mounts, eyepieces and lighting junk. The cheaper
    ones (i.e. the ones that I looked at) start at around $200. Check that
    feedback rating. ;-)
  5. Lionel

    Lionel Guest

    True, but it cost about the same as your webcam, & actually works. ;^)
  6. That's not too bad, but it's a bit tight for what I'd need.
    That's just too cool. ;-) I'd really like to see that.
    That's quite a bit of magnification, but then those are pretty small.
  7. John  Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    I'm guessing about 4" with the 6x lens, a bit more at 4x.

    I tinker with watches too and
    The Mantis has stunning stereo effect. There's a knob on the side that
    sets this... you can set it from flatland to hyper-Manhattan, even
    *negative* depth. You can move your head and look around parts.

    Really, these things are a trip.

    I do want a good stereo zoom microscope, up to 70x maybe, with good
    lighting, for the really small stuff like wirebonds.

  8. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    That is the practice with a lot of online Mfgrs of industrial
    business keyed products these days. They know ya gotz money.

    That's where I got "Nunya Bidness" and "123 Nowhere Street" from.
  9. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    If you are a legit, money making company, they'll even "loan" you
    one for a month or two in hopes of a sale.
  10. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    Absolutely tops for looking around the feet of fine pitch ICs. They
    can spot solder insufficiencies like the pro devices they are.
    Another word for it is oblique viewing.
  11. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    That will then essentially boil down to optics then, and close focus
  12. MassiveProng

    MassiveProng Guest

    That's the only reason I consider the "Mantis" systems a tad
  13. Joop

    Joop Guest

    If you are a Coolpix fan, perhaps you should consider buying a
    different model second hand. A quick scan show the Coolpix 880/885 go
    for asking price of 75 Euro. These have manual focus.

  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    But then I could just keep using my 3x glasses. They were only $15 :)
  15. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Yes, they probably would. I've had that with an expensive SW package.
    Didn't buy it because it turned out that it wouldn't be very good for
    realtime stuff. After politely declining I got bugged with sales pitches
    for at least a month.
  16. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I have used that setup a lot in cleanrooms. Works great. It's ok for
    watches or small assemblies but you cannot get a 6U or 9U board
    underneath. At least not if you have to work towards the middle of the
  17. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Yeah, maybe I should hack it when I got some time. I'd have to find a
    Minolta mount first so I could use all those lenses.

  18. I was recently given a Fuji Finepix S5200 digital camera to use at
    Veterans events that has macro capabilities down to 4 inches, and is 5.1
    MP 10X optical zoom, and 3x "Digital zoom". I found a 1 GB XD memory
    module for $15 at Staples, and I am looking for the 5 V 2A AC adapter so
    i don't have to run it on batteries when I'm downloading pictures. It
    also will shoot short AVID files, and has NTSC or PAL video output.

    OTOH, I did a lot of Surface Mount work under a stereo scope, in the

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida

  19. Like the Intel Play USB microscope? the frame rate is on the order
    of six frames per second and the flicker is horrible. You CAN take some
    decent pictures, but you waste a lot of time trying to get the best
    focus. I haven't used mine in over 4 years.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
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