I ran into a new tool that I really like and I thought I would share it with you. Itís called the zPix microscope and it plugs into your computer.

It has magnification up to 130x. Iíve used it. It REALLY brings out the detail in your stamps. If you have trouble using powerful magnifiers, the zPix microscope may help you. Itís about 6 inches tall and about 2 inches in diameter.

The microscope works on both Macintosh and Windows computers. It comes with an installation disk, but if youíre using Windows 7, youíll have to download the driver from a website. The microscope can take still pictures of your stamps as well as video.

This microscope wonít help you find watermarks. It wonít detect regummed stamps. With a little work, it may help you see grills on early US stamps more easily. And with magnification up to 130x power, it brings out the details on stamps like youíve never seen them before.

One minor annoying thing that I found is that as long as itís plugged in to your PC, the LED lights stay on. It would be nice if there was an on/off switch for it so that I could shut the lights off when Iím not using it. Alas, I unplug mine when itís not in use.

I really like this microscope. The set up was easy and it works very well. If it sounds like something that would be of use to you, I suggest you purchase one. I donít think youíll be disappointed.

If you would like more information about the zPix microscope, contact fellow stamp dealer Phil Keareny at Longís Peak Enterprises, 5390 Promontory Circle, Windsor, CO 80528. Phone number 970-484-4824 or email pdkearney@comcast.net. Tell Phil that you heard about the zPix microscope from me. Ask him for his price and ordering information. Good luck!