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DISCOVERYlite

Perfect for the exhibit designer and fabricator - incorporate directly into your displays ...

  • Flexibility with your design

    DISCOVERYlite gives you flexibility.  It is quite simply a cut down version of DISCOVERY, without the arm (or plinth), but with all the essentials that make DISCOVERY so successful ... macrozoom imaging in Full High Definition and easy to use zoom and focus controls.

    We include an anodised aluminium bracket which is attached to the microscope body with threaded mounting holes for connection to your own housing or mount.  Power and video cables can be hidden from view, away from inquisitive hands.  DISCOVERYlite can be mounted vertically, obliquely or horizontally.  Just add lighting and an HDTV and you are good to go.  

Who uses DISCOVERYlite?

It is principally designed for institutions and designers who may want to fit the microscope into their own housings or exhibit designs.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PURCHASE OF A DISCOVERYLITE?

The purchase of DISCOVERYlite includes the microscope body, shroud, mounting bracket, 12volt power supply (with suitable plug for your country), an HDMI cable (with adaptor) and instructions. An optional specimen turntable (for fitting to a display table) is available.

HOW IS THE MOUNTING BRACKET USED?

The mounting bracket (made of anodised aluminium) has a number of threaded holes, positioned on various parts of the bracket to allow flexibility for the designer, fabricator or end user. The end of the bracket has four (4) M6 threaded holes. The centre threaded hole is a standard tripod thread (1/4" - 20UNC). Additionally, the horizontal part of the bracket has two (2) M6 threaded holes (drilled all the way through). A dimensional drawing is available upon request. The bracket has been machined with a number of apertures - the power and video cables can be fed through any of these apertures depending upon how the microscope (and bracket) is fitted to your display.

THE ORIENTATION OF THE IMAGE HAS BEEN SET AT THE FACTORY - CAN IT BE CHANGED TO SUIT A DIFFERENT PLACEMENT OF THE MICROSCOPE?

Yes. The orientation of the image has been set for a user using the microscope directly in front of them, with the microscope mounted vertically and with the specimen directly below the microscope. If you want to use the microscope in a different position (i.e. horizontally or if the orientation of the image on the screen is not the same as the specimen) we provide instructions on how to change image orientation using the camera's OSD (on screen display).

WHAT LIGHTING DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR DISCOVERYLITE?

DISCOVERYlite generally requires additional illumination for it to perform at its best. For most solid specimens we recommend incident/oblique or ringlight illumination, using LEDs. For transparent and translucent specimens we recommend transmitted (backlight) illumination using diffused LEDs. The microscope's camera has been preadjusted at the factory for "white balance" function for a colour temperature of 6500 degrees K (cool, white LED light source). If you are using a light source with a similar colour temperature, then it is unlikely you will need to change it. If you are using a light source with a colour temperature that is significantly different (e.g. halogen) we provide instructions on how to change the white balance using the camera's OSD (on screen display).

WHAT "FIELDS OF VIEW" AND "MAGNIFICATIONS" ARE POSSIBLE WITH DISCOVERYLITE?

There is sometimes confusion with the words "fields of view" and "magnification" and it varys with monitor size.  DISCOVERYlite uses a macrozoom lens with special internal focusing. Because the lens has the ability to focus on objects as close as 150mm and as far away as around 400mm without having to move the object or microscope body, the fields of view and magnifications will vary depending upon that height.  The Specifications detail the various on-screen fields of view and magnifications obtainable depending on the height of the specimen or the distance of the lens from the specimen.

SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

 

CAMERA:

1/3" HD CMOS sensor; resolution Full HD1080p, 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 25/30fps; aspect ratio 16:9 widescreen

LENS:

Macrozoom with zoom and focus slider controls; focusable from 150mm to around 400mm away

FIELDS OF VIEW/MAGNIFICATION* (ON SCREEN):

Varies with distance of lens from the object and zoom level 

  • horizontal field of view approximately 5mm (at maximum zoom setting and closest working distance of 150mm) equating to a magnification of 40x;
  • horizontal field of view of approximately 200mm (at minimum zoom setting and furthest working distance of 400mm) equating to a magnification of 1x.
*magnification compared to an optical microscope

 

VIDEO CONNECTION:

HDMI; video output to a HDTV or projector

POWER:

DC 12V; power consumption 0.3A @ 12V

OPERATION:

-20°C to 50°C; within 85% RH; type of use: indoor

DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT:

Length (including shroud): 250mm

Diameter of shroud: 101mm

Weight (with mounting bracket): 2.2kg

COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE:

New Zealand