Bresser Biolux NV Microscope Set-£49.99@Lidl from 16 Dec 2010 - HotUKDeals
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Microscope for those interested in such things.
Spec:
* Robust, die-cast metal housing
* Magnification: 20x - 1280x
* Barlow 2x zoom lens and 5x and 16x wide-angle eyepieces
* Revolving head with 3 high-quality lenses, magnification: 4x, 10x, 40x
* 6 coloured filter panes for easy viewing of colourless specimens
* LED illuminator with dimmer function to allow optimal lighting of specimens
* Table with focus dial
* PC eyepiece with USB connection and Photomizer SE software
* Set includes preparation aids, slides with specimens to examine and much more
* Supplied in a robust, practical zip-up bag with carry strap
* 5 year manufacturer’s warranty
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#1
Hmm wonder how good the magnification is. Could you see sperm or skin cells clearly? :D
#2
Looks very good, heat added. More details here:

http://www.astroshop.eu/monocular-microscopes/bresser-microscope-biolux-nv/p,14667?sid=aefe6521989f57b497e9b2aba06122ca

PS. Link doesn't pick up fully, so copy whole line and paste into browser.


Edited By: andyken on Dec 09, 2010 21:21
1 Like #3
anewman
Hmm wonder how good the magnification is. Could you see sperm or skin cells clearly? :D


I wouldn't recommend using this for cloning sheep, humans etc. Best left to the professionals.
oO
2 Likes #4
I was trying to make a sheep-human hybrid. I shall call it a shumeep.
#5
These are very good value for money. I bought a previous model Biolux a few years back from Lidl and it is very good. They were sold elsewhere for at least double the price when I bought mine and I presume they still are.
#6
Yes I've got the previous model to this which I bought just over a year ago, however, it won't work with Windows 7. If anyone has the drivers or knows where I could get the drivers so I can get mine to work with Win 7 I'd greatly appreciate them letting me know.

regards, Jock
#7
admin10
Yes I've got the previous model to this which I bought just over a year ago, however, it won't work with Windows 7. If anyone has the drivers or knows where I could get the drivers so I can get mine to work with Win 7 I'd greatly appreciate them letting me know.

regards, Jock


Have you tried playing around with the compatibility modes in Windows 7? I'm not hugely knowledgeable about such things but I have got hardware on an older laptop to work with W7 after finding the info on how to do it posted in forums.
2 Likes #8
You gotta love the Lidl buying team. I want some of what they're smoking.
1 Like #9
anewman
I was trying to make a sheep-human hybrid. I shall call it a shumeep.


Check out this scene from Lindsay Anderson's film 'O Lucky Man' - Malcolm McDowell sings up with a dodgy British Medical Research programme to make a bit of money but is about to flit when he comes across a fellow patient -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLXDFhHLaIM&feature=related
#10
Ooh my want one!
2 Likes #11
to the poster questioning the sperm...

so after a period of boredness and curiosity... yes you can, very well infact
2 Likes #12
Robiow
to the poster questioning the sperm...

so after a period of boredness and curiosity... yes you can, very well infact


Well done for knocking one out for the team
4 Likes #13
Mine (from last year) worked on my old XP computer, and on my Windows 7 one.The bundled software is rubbish, but there are various free image software programs that you can download for free for PC. I could only find one non-free one that works on my MacBook - MiXscope

Here are some pics I took with it.
1 Like #14
"Just goin daan Lidl's to pick up some bananas and a microscope..."
#15
Cracking piece of kit. Voted hot.
#16
ROFL, the things people do in the name of science!

calathea
Robiow
to the poster questioning the sperm...

so after a period of boredness and curiosity... yes you can, very well infact


Well done for knocking one out for the team
#17
I want one of these soooo am I right in thinking it will be a turn up in Lidl on the 16th and hope for the best?
#18
Yersinia
Mine (from last year) worked on my old XP computer, and on my Windows 7 one.The bundled software is rubbish, but there are various free image software programs that you can download for free for PC. I could only find one non-free one that works on my MacBook - MiXscope

Here are some pics I took with it.


Yersinia, the videos you made with this are great! Amazing some of the stuff you see...
#19
well how about that. I was just looking a vickers binocular microscopes at eeebay.

thanks for the pics but think there might be too much chromatic abberation for me (based on tick and beastie).

Edited By: Meathotukdeals on Dec 10, 2010 16:18
#20
from andykens link "320x240 pixel resolution". its been 20years or so since I did microscopy ...would there be an adapter about for this microscope to take an EOS mount camera?
#21
The resolution on the Microcular is 640 x 480 - or was last year. I'm sure you could rig up something to mount a better camera, but the Microcular is very easy to use and to see stuff in real time on your PC screen. Which is ideal if you're using it with kids.

Yeah, there is some chromatic aberration and the depth of field is very shallow, though there are ways to work around this to some extent. It's not perfect, by any means. I think if you're really serious, you can obviously get better kit, but it'll cost you.

For under £50, including the Microcular, a few samples and a really good apparatus for moving the slide on the stage, I think it's pretty stunning. That's not much more than you would pay for a kids' toy microscope, but this is better than any kids' microscope I've seen.
#22
Still searching. Can't find this partic model on their web but did find EOS adapter:

Connects any Canon EOS auto focus body to any Bresser telescope or microscope photo adapter

http://www.bresseroptics.co.uk/product/T-2%20Ring%20Canon%20EOS

But can't find a microscope photo adapter for this adapter!

Edited By: Meathotukdeals on Dec 10, 2010 20:21
#23
I used to work with professional microscopes and after buying this one I was a little bit dissapointed...
But well, it's like comparing a ferrari to an astra... well this one is sort like... skoda?
Anyway, forget about skin cells (unless you observe onion's skin ;) you shouldn't have problems with sperm cells (maybe with obtaining a sample ;))). Anyway plant cells are much bigger than animal ones. What I'd really recommend is observing protists and algae from a sample taken from bottom of a pond. And just in case, forget about bacteria and viruses, they're too small...
#24
Hmm may have to get one of these for boyfriend.. Does anyone know if they will be sold in all stores?
#25
Plant cells, blood cells, algae, protozoa, microscopic multicellular organisms, pollen grains are quite viewable. Tiny invertebrates, too, although I would say that a less powerful microscope might be better for most insects. Fish scales, moth wings etc look good under this. Viruses, obviously not. Bacteria - dunno, might be able to make out presence of the larger ones, but certainly no identifiable detail.

Proper professional microscopes are extremely expensive for a reason. I don't think that you could expect a £50 scope to compete. Y'know, as long as the Skoda is roadworthy, then it could be a good deal for the price. But maybe not if you want to compete in F1.


Edited By: Yersinia on Dec 11, 2010 00:47: Grammar
#27
I just bought one tonight and is supposed to be Windows 7 Compatible, but guess what it is going back tomorrow after spending a few hours trying to get the camera to work and to capture pics as jpg's and trying to find help online, I finally put my hands in the air and figured it was a piece of rubbish and not worth the 49.99 I paid for it and I have used microscopes for most of my life in research....guess you get what you pay for
#28
I found the bundled software to be rubbish, but I can use the Mikrocular fine on Windows 7 with my video and graphics software.

I used to use this on my old computer - it's supposed to work on Windows 7 too, and I could capture video and stills from the Mikrocular with no problem.

http://debut-video-capture.en.softonic.com/
#29
Ah life in the old thread.

Thanks davidx for the link.

Patsangle958
apart from the software problem what do you think of this performance pricewise on straigt viewing through the eyepieces?
#30
hi,
i have a mac, does anyone knows if there is a way to make them compatible?
thanks

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