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Marine Ornamental Fish & Invertebrate Breeders • View topic - Does anyone have any QX5 tips?

Does anyone have any QX5 tips?

Does anyone have any QX5 tips?

Postby Jaysn » Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:16 pm

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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Mon Oct 06, 2008 3:50 pm

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Postby PaulG » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:56 pm

As Andy said, external light is a MUSt have for using the 200x mag.

I have one of those USB LED lights (the ones that have the bendy metal stem if that makes sence).

One thing I have noticed is that you can't move the supplied 'petri dish' around very much in the 60 or 200x mag due to the small shroud at the base of the scope, I have been temped to dremel this off but I only use teh supplied petri dish occaisonly.

I DID however by a pack of slides with a concave centre to them to at least keep what I'm looking at on teh slide. Still has its issues if the creature your looking at moves a lot though.

I think for the $$$ its an ideal scope but as Andy said you do get what you paid for.

It does me fine for what I want and its a damn site cheaper than the $300 for a decent disecting scope.

HTH but probably not

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Postby mpedersen » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:34 pm

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Postby "Umm, fish?" » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:56 am

Don't get me wrong, Matt. You do an amazing job with your 'scope. My problem was that the threads got so sloppy very quickly such that I had to hold the stage up constantly. So, I was holding the stage with one hand, holding the flashlight with the other hand, manipulating the specimen container to get the animal under the lens with the other hand, and clicking the mouse to take pictures with my other hand.

Not too surprising that it got very frustrating very quickly.

Once the threads stripped out I never got another in-focus image.
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Postby Jaysn » Tue Oct 07, 2008 3:54 pm

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Postby BrianPlankis » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:50 am

I've used the QX5 as well and while I managed to get some good pictures once in a while, I finally gave up and purchased a better hobbyist level microscope.

During the time I used it though, I developed some tips for the QX5:



I recently purchased the MFL-85 scope and after only two uses I would say it is better than the QX5, considerably so by some measures. I will be reviewing the MFL-85 over time in this thread:

http://www.projectdibs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2060

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