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    USB Microscope

    Over time I've used lots of ways of taking notes when working on watches. The best way for me is to take pictures as I take a watch apart. I've used a small point and shoot, and a DSLR with a macro lens, even a microscope at times. These methods have been somewhat complicated, moving the movement, or the camera, needing a tripod, etc. There are now relatively inexpensive USB microscopes which are ideal for this. This is what I use on a stand I made to hold a one way focusing rail, with a small camera mount attached to the focusing rail. I have a dedicated monitor for looking at the pictures I've taken when putting the movement back together. It is also the monitor that I use when using a movement timing program. Here's a picture of the USB microscope, with the monitor in the background.



    Here's a resulting picture. Not quite as sharp as a picture with a good macro, but plenty good for its purpose.



    It is at low magnification. It can be adjusted for high magnification, if one wants to look at something closely.



    The scratches on the jewel plate aren't from me. ;)

    (I may have shown something like this before. If so, my apologies for repeating.)

    Best wishes,
    Bob

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    Grand Master number2's Avatar
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    Thanks for posting that, I'll look into something similar.

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    Excellent, looks like the USB scopes have improved

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    That looks like a really good set up and good image.
    If I get chance ( remember ) next time I'm in the watch shed i'll post up some of my pictures.

    There's a good chance they won't be as good as yours mind.
    I fitted my USB microscope on a dremel 3 in 1 work station.

    Paul.

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    Just ordered something similar from Amazon -
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06WD843ZM/ref=TE_item
    at 14.99 how can I resist.

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    I have a more retro microscope setup for a little lathe on a side bench, which is intended for pivot polishing, and the like. (The bigger lathe is in the work shed.) The mount for the microscope is a bit industrial, as I used some left over bits from a railing I put around the storage loft hatch.



    Best wishes,
    Bob

    PS And the bench top is half a pretty nice door the neighbor was getting rid of, and the stand is a chopping board from a charity shop. The other half of the door is a shelf in in the work shed. :)

    When we had the garden room put in, we had it in two parts. 2/3 of the garden room for books, chairs and a desk. 1/3 for me, however I wanted to arrange it. Here's what it looked like in the spring, after I build some benches, some storage stuff, and started to arrange the tools.



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    That USB microscope looks intriguing.

    Didn't know I wanted one until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfrazier View Post


    RLF
    Sherline?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfrazier View Post

    When we had the garden room put in, we had it in two parts. 2/3 of the garden room for books, chairs and a desk. 1/3 for me, however I wanted to arrange it. Here's what it looked like in the spring, after I build some benches, some storage stuff, and started to arrange the tools.



    RLF
    Excellent set up, a small man cave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave S View Post
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    Yes, good spot.

    Best wishes,
    Bob

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    If you want a scope you can work under with lots of room, then I would suggest a Meiji scope ezm series is very good. Fit a 0.5x objective lense and then you easily get enough room for hands and tools underneath.

    I use one for oiling escapements and checking wear and oiling. I have it on an arm so it just gets swung out the way when not needed.

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    I recognise the Elicar focus rail Bob I recall you buying it a few years ago :)

    That's a very neat and tidy workshop.

    Regards

    dunk
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