Unfortunately, I thought I could work past my short comings and I proceeded with putting my project together.
This resulted in my project not working as well as I wished and also caused me to have to delve into some simple diagnostics. Such as searching for bridged solder joints and dry joints. But as I was already having trouble with my eye sight I ponder how I was going to resolve this problem. I tried a magnifying glass but the magnification was not up to spec. All the other device I had to help with my eye sight was rather fiddly and hampered my ability to resolve the issues I had at hand. Then it came to me to use my Digital Camera. Please don't point out how my electronic skills suck - I am too aware of this and it is very obvious.
Step 1: What You Will Need..
- I am using Windows Vista Photo Gallery. It comes with Vista.
- One Digital Camera - I am using a cheap 4Mega Pixel Camera with 3 x optical zoom.
**It must be capable of doing macro photography.
- And a well lighted area to take your picture.
- And some props or supports to hold your circuit or what ever you are going to magnify. I didn't build any special device to hold the camera. All I used was what was available at the time.
Step 2: Camera - Circuit - and Action
Step 3: Adding the Circuit and Taking the Picture.
Using the macro function on the camera. I used the auto focus to make the best fit focus of the circuit and then took the picture.
Step 4: The First Image Taken.
Step 5: Transfering the Photo to Computer.
Step 6: Viewing You Photography in Your Favourite Photo Editor.
You will find this function at the bottom of the screen as a magnifying glass with a plus sign in it.
Step 7: First Image in Windows Photo Gallery 1:1 Ratio
Step 8: Image Zoomed
This zoom shows a dry solder joint and some nasty solder spatter. All very poor on my behalf. But I would not of been able to see this clarity using just my naked eye. Or the magnifying glass I had.