FAQ and More Info
M-10 tripod (see text below)
M-21 "Gooseneck" stand
All images and text copyrighted by Wayne Emery, 2007.  No copying without written permission.
If you hand-hold the nose cone of the camera right up against the object you wish to view and turn
the focusing ring, the object will come into focus. If you lose contact with the object, you may find it
difficult to maintain focus. It quickly becomes obvious that some sort of support is often needed for
the camera.  There are three popular stands, but for simple counter take-in of jewelry, we strongly
recommend the A-1 tripod with camera adaptor. The A-1 tripod takes up very little room on the
counter, and the legs can be extended if need be.

Once you have focused on the object, simply mouse-click anywhere on the image on your monitor,
and the image will be captured.

Upon capture, a small thumbnail appears on the screen.  If you double-click on the thumbnail, it will
expand to full size 1280 x 1024 pixels for examination.  Also, at time of capture, another copy of the
image is saved to a file in My Documents called Digital Microscope.  Deleting a thumbnail will also
delete the corresponding image in Digital Microscope, so, if you wish to permanently save your
images, move them to a new folder of your own creation.  That way, they will remain safely in your
new folder when you delete thumbnails.

You will find occasional deletion of thumbnails will speed up operations.  IOW, a large number of
thumbnails can result in sluggish or erratic operation of the DinoLite software.
Of particular use on the Dino Capture software Tool bar is "Device Settings". "Device Settings" is reached by clicking on
"Settings" on the top tool bar (see
red rectangle in image A below).  The path is Settings>Real-Time Image
Settings>Device Settings.
Using the software to adjust the camera settings
Light Box
TruLevel
A-1 telescoping tripod with          
       camera adaptor
Stands and Tripod
A
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HINT:  Best results are usually obtained by keeping both sliders approximately in
line with each other, vertically.  Try to keep the Contrast slider directly under the
Brightness slider as shown in the
green box in Illustration C.
Feel free to experiment, because you can return to the default settings by simply
pressing the Default Button, outlined in
yellow.
The 411 model's LED lights can be turned on and off from this menu (white box in
lower right) as well as from the main menu.  For jewelry, the LED's are normally OFF.
B
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In the Device Settings Tool Box, note the Brightness and Contrast Sliders, outlined in the blue box in Illustration B,
above.  You can watch the results of moving these sliders around in real time. To a certain extent, they can be used
to adjust for very high or  rather low light levels on the subject, but for best results, we recommend using an
adequate daylight-type light source to light your image.
C
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Folded for storage
Assembled, before being placed on slotted base. Use of panel marked "P"
is optional.  It can be used when using the TruLevel and acts as a small
additional reflector.  Your panel size may vary, and a larger one can be
made from white Foamboard, and placed in the base as shown below.
Box assembled, placed into base,
with optional reflector panel in place.
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Assembled box with optional front
panel being used with TruLevel
device on diffusion panel.
Assembled box, optional front panel and folding OTT
daylight lamp available from JoAnn Fabrics or on line.
Box with Ott lamp, diffusion sheet from
TruLevel device.  Ring is on our adjustable
finger, camera is on A-1 tripod.
Actual image done with set-up
on left.  Click to enlarge.
TruLevel with diffusion sheet.
Nose cone of camera aligns with
inside notch indicated by black
line on outside of holder.
TruLevel device with camera
on included diffusion sheet.
TruLevel atop open light box.  Ambient light may be sufficient for a good image, but we recommend
either a three-tube Dazor daylight lamp available from most jewelry supply houses or a small folding
Daylight-type Ott lamp.  Both are routinely used in diamond and colored stone grading.
Please note:  The camera holder for the TruLevel Kit has been upgraded with a fixture permanently
attached to the diffusion screen and will ship with all orders placed 22 July 2009 and after.