A spectroscope is an instrument used to break light up into its constituent colors, just like a prism does, showing the light spectrum.
Save money with this DIY physics project, by making authentic scientific tools with recycled materials.
Step 1: Required Materials:
Now you can see the world in a whole different way.
In this project I'm gonna show you how to make your own spectroscope, for under 5 bucks.
Here is what you need:
a carton or pvc tube, I'm using a toilet paper tube myself.
a blank or recycled CD
two index cards
pen or pencil
an utility knife or scissors.
Step 2: Mark the CD
Mark a circle on the cd using the tube as a template
Step 3: Prepare the CD
Remove the reflective layer form the cd using tape, and cut the circle.
Sometimes is necessary to make a little scratch on the CD before use the tape.
Step 4: Paste the Index Cards
Place the two index cards over one side of the tube, creating a vertical slit and use hot glue to stick it in place.
Step 5: Paste the CD
Paste the circle at the other side of the tube, and make sure the lines of the cd are parallel to de slit between the cards.
Cut the rest of the index cards.
Step 6: Finish
Use some paint and it is ready, don't paint the plastic.
Step 7: Look!
Look thought the cd plastic and you'll be amazed how it is acting as a great diffraction grating, breaking light up into its constituent spectral colors. Now you should see the spectrum at both sides (like the colors of the rainbow).
Step 8: Results
You can see the light spectrum of almost any source of light, but remember: Different light sources produce different spectra. Don't look directly at the sun!
This image: daylight spectrum
next image: blue neon sign spectrum