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« Reply #135 on: July 25, 2015, 01:17:17 AM »

Just ordered this....I actually searched for it because I wanted something to check the condition of the stylus on my record player, but this also will be handy for PCB inspection etc.

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=351049187710&globalID=EBAY-FR

Crazy price....free shipping....

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« Reply #136 on: July 25, 2015, 11:11:23 AM »

that is indeed nice to have in the toolbox, and for that price and free shipping you cannot go wrong i think  Cheesy
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« Reply #137 on: July 25, 2015, 11:34:48 AM »

that is indeed nice to have in the toolbox, and for that price and free shipping you cannot go wrong i think  Cheesy

Exactly my thoughts ! Smiley

I was also somewhat tempted by one of those USB microscopes but figured that I would never use that for my record player stylus (need to be able to check very regularly and quickly) and that hooking it up is clumsy every time you want to use it.

Would be nice for making PCB pictures but then again, my camera has been doing great Macro photo's when needed Smiley
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« Reply #138 on: July 25, 2015, 12:08:01 PM »

i clicked on "buy now"   Grin
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« Reply #139 on: July 25, 2015, 01:05:56 PM »

LOL Smiley

It's so cool....these days I'm actually quite well organized with my arcade tools. I got a new "suitcase" for my tools from work (one with wheels and a long handle so I don't have to lift the heavy weight...hey daddy's getting older Wink) and I kept the old one....although really not too good anymore it's still good enough to house about all my arcade tools and this one will still fit nicely in there Smiley

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« Reply #140 on: July 25, 2015, 01:31:59 PM »

i clicked on "buy now"   Grin

+1 LOL
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« Reply #141 on: August 13, 2015, 07:32:47 PM »

Mine arrived today...the tiny box was thrown in a bubble envelope and shipped across the globe....naturally the box was crumbled but the microscope survived fine.

First of all it was much smaller than I had thought.

Second, it actually works quite nicely !

I was pretty shocked at what I saw on my record player stylus yugh !

Also looked at PCB solderings and ROM pins today....quite nice. The LED is a great help.

You do have to put it almost against the object you want to see but if that's possible it's great for the price Smiley
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« Reply #142 on: August 14, 2015, 11:16:07 AM »

Yep, got mine too, you can pull out the viewpart and focus with that also.

LED is great.

nice little thing in a nice little pouch.

Daddy like.
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« Reply #143 on: August 14, 2015, 05:25:27 PM »

Wow, just had a look at the double-wipe sockets on the Asteroids board.....from the top they looked rather Ok, but once I bent out both pins and looked at the inside (where they make contact with the chip pins) WOW ! Some amazing black gunk there !

No wonder this causes resets.

While replacing the sockets used the mini microscope to check the holes after desoldeing the old pins and again after soldering.....it's remarkable what this thing reveals.....yes I reall like this little fella !!
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« Reply #144 on: August 14, 2015, 09:49:37 PM »

I like the size and pouch.
not to mention the super high price of 2.20   Grin
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« Reply #145 on: August 14, 2015, 09:59:38 PM »

Now that you have approved it I made the investment too
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« Reply #146 on: August 14, 2015, 10:37:20 PM »

Now that you have approved it I made the investment too
same here looks perfect for my ageing eyes, but that seller would not ship to the UK, so found it here for 1.75 shipped from China!, same product.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5X-45X-60X-100X-Mini-LED-Eye-Jewelry-Loupe-Unfold-Magnifier-Microscope-Fashion-/300905942347?var=&hash=item460f644d4b
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« Reply #147 on: August 15, 2015, 12:30:28 AM »

Weird that he will ship to Europe but not to the UK....oh well...plenty more sellers...
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« Reply #148 on: August 26, 2015, 06:56:46 PM »

I am bad. I just bought this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/24MHz-8CH-USB-Logic-Analyzer-8-Channels-USB-Logic-Analyzer-Compatible-to-Saleae-/190956566562?
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« Reply #149 on: August 26, 2015, 09:15:36 PM »

does that come with software ? or is that downloadable ?
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