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Traveler USB Microscope

ByKevin Simon

Apr 30, 2011

Just over a year ago I brought a Traveler USB Microscope from Aldi supermarket, it was on offer at £29.95, to be honest was just an impulse buy and really since I had brought it not really used it that much but thought I would share my thoughts and show some of the images it can produce.

The microscope has a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, with 10x, 60x and 200x magnification. The microscope unit slots into the base, you have two light sources one directing down from the lenses and one on the base, these can be alternated between the lamps or both on or off using a button on the top of the unit. The software that came with the microscope had the windows drivers and videostudio. Though I have just downloaded the latest drivers from there website HERE , This install the driver for windows, I am using windows 7 32bit, it also installs a basic capture application called Camapp, this software allows you to capture a still image or video. You can launch the software, or press the camera button on the microscope and automatically launches this software.

The image below shows the differences with the 10x, 60x & 200x magnification.

To focus you move the wheel controls on the side of the base unit this works ok, but does use plastic gears so can be hard to get just in the right position. But if you are patience you can get it just right and with using the two different light you can get the best light for the subject you have under this usb microscope. Though I found the lights seems to wash out certain subjects, but this can be rectified using graphics software.

With the microscope you get some example slides these are: Hydrilla Verticillata leaf, broad bean leaf, onion bulb epidermis, pollen, apple, also four little containers with: sea salt, eosin dye, brine shrimp eggs, gum media, you also get some plain slides, small container and set of tweezers.

Below are a few sample images I have taken using this microscope at various magnifications, I have slightly adjusted the colours on these images, just to give a better representation of the original colours.

In conclusion for the price of this microscope does represent good value for money even with the slight problems with focusing and lighting. But as you can see from the sample images on here, you can get some good results. I don’t use it that much but it is interesting to see different objects etc very close up.


Found that the drivers for this are not available from the UK site, but are available from the German site, Click HERE  to goto the site direct for these microscopes both the 2008 (blue) and 2009-2011 (black) this site is in German but drivers are multi-lingual. If they take the drivers off the site at anypoint, I have uploaded these drivers to a downloads section on this site HERE, Though would always recommend going to the manufactures site first. Also I now run mine on windows 8.1 (64bit) without any problems.

Windows 10


I Upgraded my pc from Windows 8.1 and the microscope worked fine, though on a fresh install of Windows 10 64bit I had a bit of trouble installing, first thing to do is download the driver from above,  The one I provide in the downloads section comes with both parts needed. First run “microscope Mod. I 2008 ZC-700W BLUE.exe” this will install the capture app “camapp” when it tries to install the driver for the microscope will fail and in device manager will show up as “AVEO cheetah3 USB 2.0”. Make sure microscope is plugged in then run “microscope Mod. II 2011 U2HMIM2P10850 BLACK.exe” this will then install the driver and then will be fully working.


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By Kevin Simon

I run this blog & also self employed cleaning out fish ponds, but due to spinal problems not able to do as much, now started a youtube channel showing my converted Peugeot Partner micro camper also as interest in photography so now vlog about the trips and of course Lego figures out in the wild photos.

24 thoughts on “Traveler USB Microscope”
  1. hi there I brought one of these off e-bay new for my science that I do as a hobby and was just wondering what to do when it tells me the device is not connected

  2. Thank you for this information. I was having a heck of a time with the disk that came with the scope. I tried your driver link and it worked perfectly on one of my computers. Any idea if there’s a driver or mac?

    Thanks again!


    1. I’ve only just seen this page so this is a bit late, but yes I am using this microscope with a Mac, and I found a program called Digital Viewer which does work with the microscope. Note though that you need to adjust the settings in the program since the image capture defaults to 640×480, but you can set it up to 1280×1024. Also in the “More” part of the settings, you can adjust the brightness,contrast and sharpness, which I found is often necessary to get the best image.

  3. Dear Kevin Simon
    I have a Traveler Microscope, the blue one, and lost the CD, after upgrade my PC to a new one. I have tryed to install the driver from your page, with no succes on a Windows 7 Pro, DTP-mashine.
    Would it be possible for you to help me, by packing all driver and software into a ZIP-file, and post it by email to me ?
    I would be so glad, if you could help.
    Merry Christmas.

  4. Thanks heaps mate. Been trying to get that Traveler microscope to work on Windows 10 for nearly a year and was just about to chuck it in the bin before I found your site. Very much appreciated. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have the same problem but still no solution found.
      Therefore I would be much obliged if you could give me a link to the right drivers and may be some directions. I use Win 10 wich at this point is very updated several times.
      Thanks in advance

  5. I did the install process yesterday and it worked well. Came to use the microscope today and it’s not working. Have even gone through and done the whole process again but still no joy. he light is coming on but no camera. There was a Windows 10 update in between do you think this has stuffed it up again?

  6. Hi purchased and installed cd with no problem. .I’m trying to change background color. .I use it to look at leafs but the background color is blue even if I put on one of the slides that came with the microscope. .can someone help please

  7. I purchased the traveler blue from aldi and it worked just fine until I had a computer crash. Since then it did not work. I downloaded your blue and black drivers and the microscope came alive again. Thanks. You may want to re-du your above just a little to be a bit clearer on what’s happening. You should say that after installing the blue, it will ask to reboot. Go Ahead, then find the black and run-install the black, then reboot again. After the 2nd reboot, the microscope should work.

  8. Hi Just bought a second hand one of these but its 2002 so my computer usb site isnt picking it up the usb on microscope is fatter so my windows 10 dont pick it up any suggestions please would be greatly received

  9. As pointed by Thor B, the program digital viewer works with this microscope. It seems that travelers microscope also uses standard webcam chipset, so it should work out-of-the-box for all major OS. I used “cheese” webcam application for Linux, as desribed i the link, plugged the microscope into the USB and it worked.

  10. Kevin, Thanks very very much!
    It was rather easy to get running after downloading the file onto a W7Ult/32b
    Great & Many Thanks

  11. Thanks for this. I bought one years ago, just tried to see if I could get it going, several laptops later, and thanks to your downloads it worked

  12. Thank you so much for your extremely helpful writeup on the Traveler USB Microscope.
    I had my microscope working on windows 7 and subsequently had a computer crash and an upgrade and was unable to get it working on Windows 10. Your helpful article has helped get it working again.
    Many thanks.

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