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sairfan1:
For a while i was looking for some microscope camera to inspect soldering or fix when needed, I asked this question in the forum and i came to know to spend a little more and buy some stereo microscope.

I'm sharing here links from aliexpress i want to know if someone have good experience with any of these, or you can recommend some in budget, I can spend about $300 for this.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/1005002776263692.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.19d62e0eCHIaVl

This one is more expensive, not sure if its some brand or just showing it in a way to look good.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/1005002747049011.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.19d62e0eCHIaVl


jmelson:

--- Quote from: sairfan1 on December 22, 2021, 03:17:30 pm ---For a while i was looking for some microscope camera to inspect soldering or fix when needed, I asked this question in the forum and i came to know to spend a little more and buy some stereo microscope.

I'm sharing here links from aliexpress i want to know if someone have good experience with any of these, or you can recommend some in budget, I can spend about $300 for this.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/1005002776263692.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.19d62e0eCHIaVl


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We have this one at work, although with a dual-rod stand that allows the scope to be off to the side of the stand, giving more room to work on larger boards, etc.
The ring light sticks down too far, so I made my own ring light, with a piece of PCB material with two concentric copper rings and a groove cut between them.
I soldered 8 white LEDs withn 1K series resistors on each LED, running off a 12 V wall-wart supply.  The PCB's center hole is large enough to fit well up that black cone on the bottom of the scope.
Jon

RayRay:
$300 is definitely not considered "low budget"!
Anyhow, in my opinion, the G1200 provides an exceptional price/quality ratio:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001470325891.html
And it has an option of having a reachargable battery.
If you want somehing more advance, this would suffice:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000013736134.html
But it doesn't come with a stand, so you'd need to purchase it in separate.

sairfan1:

--- Quote ---We have this one at work, although with a dual-rod stand that allows the scope to be off to the side of the stand, giving more room to work on larger boards, etc.
The ring light sticks down too far, so I made my own ring light, with a piece of PCB material with two concentric copper rings and a groove cut between them.
I soldered 8 white LEDs withn 1K series resistors on each LED, running off a 12 V wall-wart supply.  The PCB's center hole is large enough to fit well up that black cone on the bottom of the scope.
Jon
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In your opinion how scope works for you, is it good enough?

sairfan1:

--- Quote ---$300 is definitely not considered "low budget"!
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Mostly i see around $800 or above, so it looks like my budget is quite below, I also came across some reviews and discussions they were all about higher budget
I'm worried if spending this much money is enough or should i wait more to have enough budget.

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