As you can see the next challenge was to get the color right. It turns out those eight LEDs on the scope that I bought were too bright and too white for my needs. On this scope they are all on or all off. While the details of the red Lincoln cent I was photographing were great, the color wasn't right. There is an excellent discussion about USB microscopes for coin photography at www.coincommunity.com and they have several suggestions for alternate lighting to correct the color.
I will definitely be using this scope for photographing details like repunched mintmarks. This setup also works great as a magnifier. It's much easier to view a coin on a full screen than to squint into a handheld loupe.
In Part Two of this series, Christmas brings an Olympus FE 3000 point and shoot digital camera - still on budget.