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DIY: The $10 Digital Microscope

|   Lets Face It, Studying Abnormal Cells and Visually Identifying Internal Diseases Has Been a Challenge for Hobbyists in the Past Due to the High Price-point of the Equipment Necessary, But…

Lets face it, studying abnormal cells and visually identifying internal diseases has been a challenge for hobbyists in the past due to the high price-point of the equipment necessary, but thanks to the sheer genius of one individual, the tables have been turned. Identifying himself as “Yoshinok” on Instructables.com, he has designed a basic stage that costs around $10 to put together. In this video, Yoshinok shows you how to assemble the stage:

Materials and Tools

The cost of this project is just $10 (not counting the smartphone), and it only takes about 20 minutes to build. You can be viewing cells with your smartphone within the hour!

Materials required

3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
9x 5/16” nuts
3x 5/16” wing nuts
5x 5/16” washers
¾” x 7” x 7” plywood — for the base
⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass — for the camera stage
⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass — for the specimen stage
Scrap plexi (~ 2″x 4″) for specimen slide (optional but useful)
laser pointer focus lens (use two for increased magnification)
LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)

Tools

Drill
Assorted bits
Ruler

Links to Lenses and Lights

Lights: http://www.amazon.com/FTmall-Pocket-Portable-Keychain-Flashlight/dp/B008O2KKYW/
Lenses: If you don't have a laser, these lenses have produced comparable results: http://www.aixiz.com/store/product_info.php/cPath/46/products_id/374/osCsid/37cabc139b4f03b0e0a522178defae7e

The results are quite impressive. Other users have improved on Yoshinok's rudimentary design, but these improvements certainly come at the cost of additional time and money. This is one of our favorites:

microscope2

 

Source: Yoshinok @ http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conversion/

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