Users can capture specimen images and manipulate them in a variety of ways, making using a microscope both educational and interactive. Fun with a QX5 digital microscope. The limitations of using an offset LED and coarse diffuser is especially apparent at x mag. Digital Blue has a reputation of creating products that capture the imaginations of children and teens, introducing them to fun and exciting worlds like microscopy. Rating out of 5: Gently inserting one and then two thicknesses of stiff plastic card prised them apart but the stage plastic is brittle so requires caution.

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A condenser does allow, as Molecular Expressions have impressively shown with the QX3, the use of contrast enhancement sx5 such as darkfield. The x power is difficult to use when the microscope is on the stand. Their side by side image captures show the dramatic improvement in quality when the bottom light is upgraded.

Santonin crystals, prepared slide, NBS. Can you help, please?

Supplementing the lighting drops the noise but subjects with fine detail aren’t ideal for it. The wide-range of capabilities and reasonable price make this microscope prefect for learning, exploration and fun. Mac users can download free software to use this product.

The lowest setting is 10X and the max is X. This Digital Blue microscope was designed to be a learning toy, but its digital features make it accessible to many.


All these spines grow out of tubercles. Pair of third legs of honey bee Apisprepared NBS slide at 10x, with detail at 60x and x. The post image capture special effects can give some neat results.

Fun with a QX5 digital microscope, the upgraded QX3. A personal review.

I was quite surprised! A ‘Device Noise Profile’ was created for each mag. The brightness control doesn’t alter lamp intensity but presumably the gain of the sensor. As for the QX3 the objectives are protected from fingers and dust by a replaceable flat plastic plate. The company has two microscopes, the QX3 which is now discontinued, followed by the QX5 ; both affordable models are computerized with a diverse number of functions. The QX5 has many clear advantages, keeping Digital Blue microscopes at the forefront of microscopy tools for children and teens.

Digital Blue Qx5 Computer Microscope for Parts Only

There was also a compartment in the base to miicroscope some of the tools and speciment containers. Although there are some microsdope, overall this is a nice toy for the price. Images are used with permission as required. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Stamp detail at 10x, 60x and x. The three objectives are parcentral within an image capture field ca. Video can also be saved just as easily. The staging unit has a built-in light source to illuminate from underneath.


Check with us in a few weeks to see what new discoveries we have made now that we have this new instrument at our disposal. I made micrlscope clamp for the QX5 and mounted it on a vertical post, that is like a copy stand; it has two ways to make the microscope go up and down, the bottom part of the MBC stereo microscope can thus be used with its mirror, and I made another board for the glass plate and the adjustable stage calipers.

The MicroscopeMaster website is for educational purposes only. This works great for classroom environments where multiple viewers can see the image at the same time. Right, original capture image after using ‘kaleidoscope’ effect. A poorer animated gif with artefacts is herekbytes. The author preferred to lay a 1 cm square of Polaroid sheet immediately on top of and below the subject. We were pleased to find that the installation of the software was easy, although qx were a little disappointed xq5 learn that it doesn’t run on a Mac.