Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Microscope for SMT

Here are a few pictures of an early Birthday present from my wife:





The 10x magnification makes it perfect for soldering and inspecting smt. I was able to hand solder the 208 pin 0.5mm pitch Xilinx Spartan 3 FPGA used on my HPSDR board in under 5 minutes which included inspecting each pin. If you do any serious smt work at all, you may want to consider purchasing a similar microscope. I was amazed at the difference it made in speed and comfort while working with fine pitch parts. (Price is about $214 + shipping).

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi

I really enjoy SMD projects - and have magnifiers and headset mag too - but this looks really neat - could you pse provide more details (product name - availability)?
Tnxs!

73 John VE3NFK ve3nfk@rac.ca

Anonymous said...

I also am interested in this and I couldn't find anything like it in the mentioned price range. So finally I looked at the image file name and then searched on bs20 microscope and found this site:

http://bargainmicroscopes.com/scopesmenu/showdetail.php?id=38&prodname=BS20

No price information. This is a difficult product find on the net.