Picture of Easy 30 Minute Pocket Digital Microscope
Ever wanted to see things up close? Ever wanted to read that fine print that is just too small to read? Well, now you can! This pocket digital microscope is very easy to make and will only take you about a half an hour or so to make. It also fits in your pocket so you can take it wherever you would like! Note: To see the results, please click on step 9!

  • Pill bottle
  • AV Camera ($10-ebay)
  • AV cable
  • Magnifying lens
  • Power jack
  • 9v battery
  • 9v battery clip
  • On/Off switch
  • Squirt gun (you'll see why later...step 10)
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters
  • Soldering iron/solder
  • Heatshrink tubing

Step 1: Prepare the Bottle

Picture of Prepare the Bottle
Start by drilling a hole in the top middle of the pill bottle cap big enough for the camera to see through. Then, drill 2 holes in the pill bottle: one in the bottom on the outside, and one on the side near the top.


bmohr2 years ago
Nice work. I wanted to get one of my son's a microscope for Christmas but they were too expensive. May have to build one of these for him. Thanks for documenting the project.
Adum24 (author)  bmohr2 years ago
No problem, glad you like it!