The Celestron Digital Microscope is an excellent tool for teenagers as well as adults for education, discovery, work and fun. This innovative microscope design allows you to view specimens or objects on a computer screen and allows you to take snapshot images or short videos. A rugged, metal stand is included for holding the microscope steady at various positions for viewing and/or imaging.
The microscope is ideally suited for examining objects such as coins, stamps, rocks, relics, insects, plants, gems, circuit boards, various materials, skin, and many other objects. Also, you can examine specimen slides at low and high powers.
The Celestron Digital Microscope is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. With the Windows PCs installation is very simple, just put the supplied CD into the drive, install the software and plug the microscope into a USB port (see our video link below).
The Celestron USB Microscope is also compatible with Apple Mac desktop computers (but not with Macbook computers) running OS 10.4.9 (Tiger) or higher. Your Mac will recognize the microscope. You will not need the included CD (which has only Windows software). Instead you will be using pre-installed imaging programs on your Mac such as Photo Booth and iChat.
Next, plug the camera into a port on the computer, not the keyboard, as for desktop Macs the keyboard port does not deliver enough power to run the camera. Do this before turning on the Mac. It is important that the microscope be connected first.
Now locate the imaging software (Celestron recommend Photo Booth) on your computer and open the program. Select the “Camera” tab in the program’s window, then select “Celestron Microscope” as your camera. The microscope should now be transmitting an image to the Photo Booth screen.
NOTE: When using your microscope on a Mac with a native imaging program like Photo Booth, the shutter button on the top of the microscope is disabled. To take a snapshot or video, select the proper icon in the program with your mouse.