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
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
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)
LINKS TO LENSES AND LIGHTS
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