The world is an interesting place, but it's fascinating up close. Through the lens of a microscope you can find details that you would otherwise never notice. But now you can.
This instructable will show you how to build a stand for about $10 that will transform your smartphone into a powerful digital microscope. This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as high as 175x, plant cells and their nuclei are easily observed! In addition to allowing the observation of cells, this setup also produces stunning macro photography.
The photos in this instructable were taken with an iPhone 4S.
Watch the video below for a quick overview of the project!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
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
laser pointer focus lens
LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)
Step 2: Getting the lens from a laser pointer
To get the lens from the laser pointer start by unscrewing the front cone and the back cover of the tube. Remove the batteries. Using the eraser end of a pencil, push the innards out of the front of the tube. The front of this assembly (the side without the spring to contact the batteries) is where the focus lens sits. Unscrew the small black piece of plastic in front of the lens and the lens will come free.