Step 9: Troubleshooting!
As you have questions I will do my best to address them in this section!
Lens won't focus!
I have heard a lot of folks responding and saying that they are having trouble getting the lens to focus on the object.
This is most likely because the object is not close enough to the lens. If you still can't focus on the image and the nuts under the camera stage stop the specimen stage from being raised higher use a scrap piece of plexi as a slide. This will raise the object into focus.
I touched on this briefly earlier in the instructable. The big thing here is GO SLOW. Let the weight of the drill do the work and DON'T PRESS HARD. Use as sharp a bit as possible. Taping over the area you need to drill also reduces the chance of cracking.
I don't have the tools to make the cuts!
Not to worry! Most hardware stores have a shop and will charge a small fee for cutting the wood and the plexiglass down to size.
Help! I can only buy plexiglass in huge sheets!
Many hardware stores will have scraps. I purchased a large piece of scrap to make 8 microscopes for a fraction of the price of a full sheet.
Aaaaaaah! I can't find the same LED light!
Pretty much any LED light will work. Ideally it can stand up straight with the light pointing vertically. If your light is tall, it might raise the minimum height that your specimen stage can be. This of course can easily be fixed by using longer bolts.