If you are in need of a small pocket microscope this is the one to get.
The Carson MM-380 is a versatile powerhouse in a small package, you can use it stand alone or using the supplied clip connect it to your smart phone camera and both increase its magnification and use it to take photos zoomed in 20 plus times.
Most serious gardeners will come to a place where a microscope is required whether your diagnosing diseases and viruses, identifying pests or deciding the optimum time to harvest your bounty. In the past the choices were fairly limited and if you wanted to get help in your identification you had to either play an amazing game of charades describing what you see or physically have the people in your space looking through the microscope. Not anymore, its a brave new world.
Now you can zoom in snap a picture and send it off wirelesses anywhere in the world.
This Microscope is especially useful to anyone growing cannabis and trying to discern the right time to harvest. While there are many methods and theories of the best time to cut your plants down one of the best is by looking at the trichomes when the majority of them are cloudy that’s the time to harvest.
Sounds simple enough well it is easier said than done, because those suckers are small, and not necessary easy to stop from moving while in situ. The higher the magnification level the harder it is to get a clear view of your target but using this microscope and your smartphone it becomes a breeze not only can you take still photos using the phones auto focus you can take video and use the pause feature to get the best view.
For those who are growing cannabis one of the hardest parts of the entire process is deciding when to harvest its almost the same feeling as a child has at christmas except that if you harvest too soon or too late you can risk quality of your end product. Most people rush in and cut them down too soon mainly because they lack the necessary information to make an informed decision and rely solely on the desire to put it in the bag.
Being able to see the trichomes clearly does not eliminate that feeling at all but it does give you a solid reason to argue against rushing in and ending up with a product that’s good but not as good as it could be. Harvesting too soon or too late makes a real difference too soon and its not going to have the same kick too late and you could loose much of the aroma and potentially too strong in the wrong places.
Having a pocket microscope like this takes all the guess work out of the situation. you simply clip it onto your smart phone with the supplied clip and position the eyepiece over the lens on your camera.
You then adjust it so the circle view is in the middle of your screen and zoom in until the entire screen is filled with the magnified view. Presto you are ready to rock.
It takes a little getting used too as its counter intuitive but the lens of the microscope needs to be practically touching the item you are seeking to view this can be a little troublesome when viewing especially crystallin flowers as the microscope can get sticky but its worth it.
The Microscope is held onto the clip with a “powerful” magnet and it does a decent job of it for most applications but for gardening and gardening related jobs I secure it with a thin strip of gorilla tape just to save time picking it up and putting it back on again and again.
The switch has 3 settings LED 1 on, off and LED 2 on
This model comes with 3 options for lighting your target area
depending on the placement of the flash on your phone it may
interfere with the magnifier itself causing a reflection off the
magnifier lens and wiping out your photo entirely.
The switch on the top changes the light brightness and location
One led is right in the area your viewing, another LED is outside the ring around the lens.
The 3rd which is on a separate control is strictly UV light, for this mode the button must be continuously depressed while being used and can be awkward if not impossible for in the field gardening applications. The UV light has its own applications but
they are not so much for the home gardener, it would be more for using on currency and other such applications looking for hidden marks, stains, and so on.
The focus dial is easy to operate but the main reason for
securing the magnifier to the clip with the tape. You will pretty much need to fine tune it with each new location on a plant because of the differences in leaf, hairs, trichomes etc. its this motion that breaks the connection with the magnet and it can fall off.
You only need to get it clear and then the focus on your camera will take over as long as its in auto mode or the equivalent. Ill say it again so your not frustrated get it close on an area you can reach and hold steady easily then you can move to other areas and the camera in your phone will take over and automatically focus, you simply need to adjust the distance from the target or angel your holding the phone slightly.
Don’t think that you have to manually focus the magnifier with each new location you will be hating life, and its not necessary.
Over all this is a well rounded and useful little magnifier. Its the kind of tool that you might purchase with one job in mind and soon find it a regular part of your everyday life, and that is if you do not have children. If you do have kids expect to have to cue up to use it. This little gizmo is so useful and easy to use it opens up whole new realms of how you see your world.