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    I am very new at this and I have been trying to scan pictures of coins yet they always come out blurry or it doesn't reflect what I am trying to show. I see the pictures on this forum and whould appreciate it greatly if anyone can tell me what I am doing wrong. Thank you for any help you can give me

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    Hi Linda - Talk about replying late to this thread, however, I missed it.

    Most of the pictures you see in this forum are accomplished with cameras, either with a high macro setting (10X - 15X) or are photographed through a microscope.

    While scanners can give fair pictures, they do not compensate for the light and you end up with what they call "hot spots" (light feedback or glare) which counteracts the clarity of what you are trying to see.

    Most of all the pictures that I shoot are with a Cannon camera (8.0 M pixels), using a binocular scope (7.5X to 35X). I also use the Adobe Photoshop 7.0 program for touching up the pictures.

    I hope that this answers your question.

    BJ Neff
    Member of: ANA, CCC, CONECA, Fly-in-club, FUN, NLG & T.E.V.E.C.


    • #3
      Hi Linda,

      My finances are very, very low right now so I use an Intel QX3 microscope ($30). It only has 10X, 60X & 200X zoom. The lighting source is adjustable (upper/lower, high/low). I also use a 2x2 cardboard flip with one of the plastic films cut off to hold the coin and tip it up to view strike depth ( I can show pics if needed). Once I go back to work then I'll be getting a tri-nocular microscope to view and photograph coins ($250 - $1000). I also use an old Sony digital camera 2 megapixal and of course the scanner with multiple backgrounds (such as black cloth). I also built a photo box but that's another story. I try to read/research as much as I can before making a purchase and utilize forums like this, You know... exactly what your doing now. Good for you! Have fun.



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        Good health

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        • #5
          Thanks for asking that question linda.
          would you concider that a good picture?
          I have a coin I have a question about and I would like to get the pictures correct.
          Thank you


          • #6
            This thread is almost 14 years old - I would frown on responding to something this old. Please feel free to start your own thread.
            Jason Cuvelier
            CONECA - ErrorVariety.com - Traildies.com - MADClashes.com - Error-Ref.com
            (all images I use are ©Jason Cuvelier 2008-13)