How to turn a 10$ microscope and a 5$ USB camera into a cool digital microscope in 60 minuets.
Step 1: Disassmble any USB simple webcab
Just remove any screws and plastic cover that is not needed.
This webcam cost me 5$ - very simple low resolution web cam.
Step 2: Place hot-glue over the electronic side of the camera so it won't get damaged.
Place hot-glue over the electronic side of the camera so it won't get damaged.
Step 3: Remove the insolation from the cable & add a red and white wire.
Use a cutter or a small knife to remove the insulation (BE VERY CAREFUL - DO NOT CUT YOURSELF!)
Cut the red and black wires and reveal the copper wiring .
Connect two additional extensions for these cables (5V DC) and solder the red together and the blacks together (not red to black!)
Step 4: White LED connection
connect a 50 to 330 Ohm resistor to the red wire and the other side to the long LED line .
Then connect the black wire to the short LED lead.
Step 5: Connect the white LED
1. Solder the LED lines , connected and insulate with electric tape.
Remove the mirro from the bottom and connect a toothpick to the two holes that remain.
connect the LED to the toothpick with hot-glue.
Step 6: Connect the camera
After you find the exact location use a hot glue gun to fix it to that position .
Then tape the wires tidily to the microscope and start taking pictures...