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We recently moved to a small farm and we have been looking at our soil biology under a microscope. It was hard to see clearly so we bought a ‘Celestron’ Microscope camera (model #44421)  from Amazon for about $40. The packet doesn’t specify that it works with Apple computers, but it does and is very simple to use. It plugs into the usb port on your computer, and the camera replaces the eyepiece on the microscope. It doesn’t need any drivers or extra software. Read on to find out how we set it up.

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First, we set up the microscope. We used a second hand Kyowa Biolux 12 with iris diaphragm and 4x, 10x, and 40x objectives that was on eBay for under $100.

Then we pulled out the eyepiece and replaced it with the camera, and pluged the other end of the camera’s cord into the usb port on our macbook pro. You can adjust the focus of the camera if you want by loosening the little screws on it.

When we plugged it in, nothing happened, but as soon as we opened Photo Booth (which is a part of OS X) it automatically showed the image from the microscope. Check writing software mac download. It didn’t need any special setting up or drivers. If you want higher resolution, you can use other software, like iStopMotion (we tested it and it worked for us), but Photo Booth was nice and simple.

Here’s a video of what we recorded.

We were very happy with how it worked. What showed up on the computer was more detailed than what we could see through the normal eyepiece, and it also had the advantage that we could record photos and videos for later use.

The only problem we had was that because the image was slightly delayed, it was harder to focus in real time. We got around this by adjusting the coarse focus looking through the eyepiece, then swapping it for the camera. Overall, it’s a great microscope camera that is very easy to use on a macintosh computer.

Macintosh Compatible USB Microscopes

Shopping for a consumer or professional digital microscope for Mac OSX? A surprising number Apple computer users in specific medical, educational and industrial work environments are in the market for MacOS compatible USB digital microscope products.

Digital Microscopes For Mac Comptuers

A broad range of Mac compatible microscopes are available. They range from low-cost student and consumer-grade products to complete professional quality digital lab microscope sets. Those with UVC - USB Video Class compatible camera sensors make them plug and play on OSX 10.5 and higher with the built-in webcam drivers in Apple's OSX operating system.

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Mac Compatible MicroscopeDigital Mac Lab MicroscopeBinocular Digital Scope
USB Student Microscope
Affordable Monocular Scope
Digital Trinocular Microscope
40x-2000x Magnification
Omax Binocular Microscope
Illuminated Mechanical Stage

Above is just a sampling of the types of Apple compatible USB digital microscope equipment available from both AmScope and OMax, two of the leading manufacturers in the industry. Amscope in particular is a leading brand featuring good Apple support for it's digital offerings in the diverse medical, dental, pharma, biology, educational and industrial environments it serves.

OSX Compatible USB Inspection Scope Webcams

A wide selection of Mac compatible scopes and cameras for engine and mechanical parts inspection are available. There are digital scope cameras for physical assessment, hobby, business and industrial needs available. The best USB scopes feature built-in LED lighting near the sensor. Many feature adjustable LED lighting controls for setting the optimal amount of light available to the camera to illuminate dark, hard to reach spaces like dental mouth exams, internal body orifices or complex mechanical parts.
Mac Compatible MicroscopeMac USB Camera BorescopeMac Scope With Stand
Mac Inspection Scope
50x-200x Magnification
USB Endoscope - Otoscope
OSX 10.5 Or Higher
OSX Compatible Scope
Adjustable LED Lighting

USB Digital Microscope Software For Mac OSX

Some manufacturers provide Apple specific software for their scopes. But often Digital USB microscope hardware DOES NOT come with any MacOS specific software to control zoom functions or capture still snapshots, time-sequence or full motion video clips with.
However, because these are USB Video Class - UVC compatible microscopes, they should provide BASIC functionality on any modern Macintosh running MacOS Mojave or Sierra, OSX ElCapitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion or Leopard when attached to a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port.
Basic operation can be as simple as launching Apple's PhotoBooth, QuickTime or other OSX video capture app. Then make sure the external scope is selected in the software's CAMERA SOURCE Preferences.. menu. You may have other MacOS still photo and video grabbing software you prefer to use for still image, time-lapse or video clip capture.Firefly Usb Microscope Mac App
Here's a link to Digital Viewer App - OSX 10.5+ compatible general purpose Mac microscope software from Plugable Technologies. It works with any UVC compatible webcam or scope and supports VGA up to 1080p and higher HD resolution depending on the camera's capabilities. It offers timed-shots, single-shots and movie capture modes.
There's Mac software for AmScope's various digital microscope product lines: AmScopeXLite, ProScope or ISCapture that you can download from the company's

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software page. There is also an 3rd-party app called FireflyToupView

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is available for download here. It seems to be hardware manufacturer specific and likey polls the USB bus to ascertain if an AmScope brand USB camera device is attached to function.

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Other Mac Digital USB Microscope Software Apps

Digital Pan and Zoom control over your scope's camera image might be something you need. You can download a free trial of iGlasses webcam control software app from eCamm or the affordable Mactaris Webcam app and see if it helps you achieve the zoom and magnification control you need to get the most out of your digital microscope or inspection scope. You may also need it for webcam image adjustment to control camera brightness, contrast, color saturation and other image enhancements.
All told, there's decent support for digital microscopy on Apple platforms. Some may even be usable on an iPad tablet or iPhone when paired with a USB camera connection kit dongle in your handheld device's 30-pin or Lightning dock connector.