The first link is the 44306
150x . Lighting cannot be turned off.
Imager cannot be removed.
1.3 megapixel imager
2nd link..celestron 44306
2.0 Megapixel imager.
variable lighting via thumbwheel..on..off..everywhere in between. battery powered...not usb powered lighting.
can use camera scope to view objects even if not connected
to a computer.
imager is detachable...so it can replace the eyepiece
of a bench microscope.
...both cams are good.
the 44306 is the better unit..superior imager [2 Mp vs the
1.3Mp of the 44302.
however..the 302 is a decent camera at half the price.
[..about 40 dollars if i remember correctly].
also..the "field of view" of the 302 makes it a much
better unit to photograph "macro " objects...such as
labels on bottles and such. the optics on the 306
are too "short sighted" for this sort of work.
**cameras come with software that works great with
Windows machines...Mac puters will need a driver
from a third party. [
Morgticia found a driver for her Mac.]
I often find myself using BOTH cameras to adequately
photograph a subject..
*can't go wrong with either. I have purchased ONE
302 over a year ago...it still works fine.
I have purchased 3 of the 306's. I clumsily broke one..
another stopped working after about 20,000 photos..
and am happily using 306 number 3.