Plugable USB 2.0 USB Microscope
- Optical Zoom from 1x to 50x
- Digital Zoom up to 200x
- 8 LEDs with dimmer for fine tuning illumination
- Live view with video capture or snapshot feature
- Solid alloy stand for stability.
- Functions like a simple web cam, so it works with PC, Mac and Linux (including Raspberry Pi Raspbian)
The Plugable USB2-Micro-200X USB microscope provides up to 50X magnification optically and up to 200x and can be used on computers running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux simply by plugging it into a spare USB 2.0 port and it requires no external power. It operates like a standard webcam and can be used with the default webcam software included in your computer’s operating system.
Setup and Drivers
Since our microscope uses the sensor from a popular market camera, it will automatically install default windows webcam drivers when plugged in to the computer. It can be used with any default webcam app, like the camera app built in to Windows 8.1, or a third party program like VLC media player.
We also have custom Windows software designed specifically to work with the microscope. The download for this can be found below:
We recommend running with Apple’s built-in software, which will detect and work with the microscope automatically. Just open Photo Booth and switch the camera source to the Microscope.
If you would like to use MircoCapture, there is also a Mac version:
For Linux – Raspberry Pi running Raspbian:
We have tested our Microscope with the Pi connected through a powered hub to work with GTK+ UVC Viewer by using the following terminal commands:
“sudo apt-get install guvcview”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I zoom in on an object?
A: The level of magnification is controlled by the silver focus wheel, then the microscope or the object must be moved to the appropriate distance in order to be in focus.
Q: How do I dim the LED lights?
A: The LED lights can be dimmed or turned off by rotating the black LED light control wheel near the rear of the microscope. If you are having problems with glare, try viewing your intended object at an angle.
Q: I see a “device not detected” message in MicroCapture when it’s clearly connected. What gives?
A: You may have to disconnect and reconnect the microscope when restarting MicroCapture, and it can take up to 30 seconds for MicroCapture to detect the microscope. It’s also possible that the microscope isn’t running under it’s specialized driver that MicroCapture requires in order to see the microscope. If none of this helps, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help troubleshoot the issue.