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Offline AngusBeef

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #150 on: September 23, 2019, 11:19:01 pm »
I got a binocular loupe similar to this guy (not from Ali though) and have been using it for SMD soldering. It's more convenient (for me) to be able to look around with something mounted on my face.

Sometimes, I wish I had a little more than 3.5x magnification. But up the price range a hair more and they have 5x and 6x magnification versions.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32988468508.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.52262b042AI6Vz&algo_pvid=a07378af-14a1-4693-977e-b9cfaedfeb7b&algo_expid=a07378af-14a1-4693-977e-b9cfaedfeb7b-0&btsid=62de71f0-d6b6-444d-abfe-dceb074777bb&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2,searchweb201603_52

The thing I like about these things (even though it's a little pricey) is that it has a relatively long focal length so I can sit up normally and the board is in focus vs the jeweler style ones that you have to sit up right next to the board to use and aren't binocular.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #151 on: December 27, 2019, 07:42:19 am »


Sometimes, I wish I had a little more than 3.5x magnification. But up the price range a hair more and they have 5x and 6x magnification versions.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32988468508.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.52262b042AI6Vz&algo_pvid=a07378af-14a1-4693-977e-b9cfaedfeb7b&algo_expid=a07378af-14a1-4693-977e-b9cfaedfeb7b-0&btsid=62de71f0-d6b6-444d-abfe-dceb074777bb&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2,searchweb201603_52

The thing I like about these things (even though it's a little pricey) is that it has a relatively long focal length so I can sit up normally and the board is in focus vs the jeweler style ones that you have to sit up right next to the board to use and aren't binocular.

I have not seen any binocular loupes with more than 3.5x.  I would love to find one that is 6x and still have the 420mm focal length.  I did see one web page that added the lenses from some cheap cheater/readers to bump the power like here:
https://www.qsl.net/k9ac/solderScope
to make a better headband magnifier but it seems almost too close for me.  My problem is that my PD is 70 so I can't get lenses out far enough without just closing one eye to be able to see what is being magnified.
 

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #152 on: January 12, 2020, 02:34:30 am »
did not realise there was a hacking going on in here too, my contribution then  https://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/eakins-auto-focus-microscope-camera/
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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #154 on: January 12, 2020, 04:08:34 am »
did not realise there was a hacking going on in here too, my contribution then https://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/eakins-auto-focus-microscope-camera

link gives 404 - not found error
 

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #155 on: January 12, 2020, 05:46:51 am »
 

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #156 on: January 14, 2020, 05:35:33 am »
i built a .ko for my RTL8152 based usb to ethernet adapter and was able to put the camera directly on the network, added the .ko to my github

still adding notes here
https://charliex2.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/eakins-camera-hackery-pokery-and-the-legend-of-measuretwice/

so now i can just write the IPC commands directly over tcp/ip to a port rather than issuing commands over the serial port terminal, there's also a network streamer available for this chipset/camera

 

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #157 on: January 14, 2020, 05:41:30 am »


For those trawling ebay the magic search terms seem to be "hdmi microscope imx290", I got mine for ~US$520 including Australian GST, with the 180x lens and a ring light.


I just use 2.5 reading glasses and x20 magnifier for SMD work and they cost me $10.
PCBCAD51/PCBCAD360/PCBCAD720 PCB design software https://www.murtonpikesystems.co.uk
 

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Re: EEVblog #1125 - Amazing $500 Soldering/Inspection Microscope!
« Reply #158 on: January 14, 2020, 05:49:44 am »
I just use 2.5 reading glasses and x20 magnifier for SMD work and they cost me $10.

That is pretty much what I linked:
https://www.qsl.net/k9ac/solderScope
It uses a cheap ($30 usd or so) magnifying visor like dentists use (but cheap) that has a 420mm focal length then the linked article ( https://www.qsl.net/k9ac/solderScope ) made a cardboard tube (or old 35mm film canister) as a tube that has the lens (cut to match your cardboard or film tube) from a 2x or 2.5x cheater glass.  Because it has a 420mm focal length they are easier to use than my  Nikon SMZ645 microscope that has to be too close to the business end of my soldering iron for my comfort!
 


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