Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Need for Magnification

For my continued work on very small Homebrew SMT projects, I am considering a real 3D Boom Microscope, so far I have used just an office "light ring with magnifier".

On the Internet there are many varieties of microscopes and vendors to choose from.

I think I want something with 7-30 zoom, and a camera mount/port would be useful for blog photos.

Currently I am looking at the Model SM-3T at about $350, has anyone used this model or does anyone have any other ideas or suggestions?



  1. Eldon:

    Be sure to get a stereo microscope one with ample illumination - to do good SMT work you'll need a LOT of light. The fluorescent ring is good, but will eventually burn out (there's a nice cottage industry waiting for someone who does a simple kit to make the equivalent with white LEDs).

    Spending a bit more for a higher-quality unit is worth it, in my opinion. Work got a cheap one six months ago and the mechanicals are already starting to wear out, like the clamp that keeps it at the right elevation on the stand.

  2. Steve,

    Thanks for the comment, and yes I ordered and received an LED light ring - I am "looking" forward to using the Microscope to take photos for this blog.

    Eldon - WA0UWH