Original ProScope Base w/out Lens - Refurbished
In a world of mobile phones, pagers, and conference calls, one thing remains the same: a picture is worth a thousand words. The ProScope provides the images you need to collaborate at an unprecedented level of efficiency. If you are a traveling medical technician, a forensics expert at the scene of a crime, or you just want to get your stamp collection online, The ProScope could be just the tool you need.
The ProScope is a USB handheld digital microscope designed for both PC and Macintosh platforms. With a high-quality CCD and universal lens mount, The ProScope can become a powerful asset to any classroom or lab.
It is time to put the fun back in learning. The ProScope is the ultimate tool for teachers, scientists, hobbiests, anyone who has a desire to learn about our microscopic world, unencumbered by the usual tedium of traditional microscopy techniques.
The ProScope is not limited to the classroom, however. Seasoned professionals can make use of The ProScope's powerful, yet surprisingly affordable abilities. With one-button image capture and video production, the possibilities become endless.
The ProScope brings unprecedented flexibility and excitement to the learning process. Gone are the frustrations of conventional microscopes. Finally, the teacher and student can focus on what is important. Encased in high-impact plastic and rubber, The ProScope's rugged construction and high-quality components are up to the demanding environment of the K-12 classroom as well.
Interchangeable lenses provide The ProScope with tremendous versatility. With the 1X lens, The ProScope becomes a high-quality video camera. Magnification can be increased to a startling 200X power in a matter of seconds. The lens mount is an industry-standard C-Mount that will accept third-party lenses.
Find something you like? With the press of a button, the camera captures the image and stores it as a file in the location of your choosing. The powerful software included with The ProScope provides sophisticated video capture as well. With these options, the possible uses of The ProScope are endless.
Scalar's ProScope is a handheld microscope that makes objects appear larger than life. Unlike conventional microscopes, the ProScope doesn't force you to cram subjects onto tiny glass slides, so it's ideal for magnifying living things. The ProScope is practical for many situations, from forensic investigations to lab experiments, and it's an ideal learning tool for a science class.
The ProScope resembles a compact hair dryer, and it's just as easy to use. To focus, nearly all you have to do is point; anything in its view is displayed on your monitor. And the USB cable powers six bright LEDs, so you don't need a separate light source. If the standard 50 lens isn't powerful enough, you can attach an optional 100 or 200 lens ($109 and $129, respectively) in a jiffy. The ProScope ships with a driver for OS 8.6 through OS 9; an electronic manual; and an intuitive application called USB Shot, for displaying and saving images. (The company is planning to release OS X-compatible drivers and software this summer.)
USB Shot supports three image-capture settings. In the program's Snapshot mode, you can save the displayed 640-by-480-pixel image as a JPEG or PICT file when you press a button on the handle. In Movieshot mode, you can create 320-by-240-pixel or 640-by-480-pixel QuickTime movies. And Interval mode lets you store time-lapse sequences with intervals as short as 1 second or as long as 24 hours--for example, you could set up the ProScope to record the growth of a germinating seed over several days. The program's image controls make it easy to tweak white balance, auto-exposure, saturation, and other settings.
Macworld's Buying Advice
We had a great time using the ProScope to examine the world from an insect's perspective. Although it can't replace a high-power microscope, the ProScope is a valuable educational tool that belongs in every school science class and lab.