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Ever wanted to have a device handy enough so you can inspect things up close like Solder Reflows , Tiny Ants , Petals.. umm well anything that's difficult to see without much strain.

I had the same issue while i was soldering a circuit lately and felt the need for a hand-held microscope ( well kind of ) thing without any considerable weight reduction to my pocket. There were options like buying clip-on lenses or investing in a USB microscope. But as i usually say:

Why Buy When It can be built !

So, i made a phone cover that helps me peep up close. Whats better is it costed me about a dollar ( build cost doesnt include the phone cover as I was about to throw it in the dustbin ).

Interested in building it? Read On!

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Step 1: Shopping List

You wont require anything more than what a usual tinkerer has in his kitty.

Still here is the list:

  1. CR2032 Battery
  2. CR2032 Holder / Any Make shift contraption will be better too.
  3. A SPST (Tactile Button) SMD Better
  4. Some Copper Tape / Wire
  5. 1k resistor (SMD/Through Hole)
  6. 1 White LED (Through Hole)
  7. An eye Loupe (Usually available at watchmaker's), A broken one (as in my case) will do to. But make sure the front lens is fine.
  8. Hot Glue Gun
  9. Soldering Iron
  10. Solder
  11. Old/ Tattered/ Ready to Throw Back Cover (Rubber ones better)
  12. Sandpaper/Any Abrasive
  13. Epoxy Glue/ Araldite
  14. Usual Crafts Tape /Insulation Tape

Once you have got all parts lets put them together.

<p>Wouldn't this actually be a MICRO case to be able to look at MICROscopic objects. When I saw MACRO case in the title, I figured it was a way to use a fisheye lens to capture the night sky for star gazing or to take panarama pictures and seem them together. </p><p>You may want to recheck your prefix on this one.</p>
<p>You misunderstood the meaning of MACRO.</p><p>&quot;You have failed the meaning!&quot;</p>
<p>a single instruction that expands automatically into a set of instructions to perform a particular task.</p><p>large-scale; overall. &quot;the analysis of social events at the macro level&quot;</p><p>I think I understand Macro just fine. I don't think it applies very well in photography. In photography it seems to mean the size of the object ON that photo not the size of the object that was being photographed. A bed bug is a microscopic insect. But if you zoom in and see the whole thing then it somehow becomes MACRO sized, even though the original insect is still microscopic. </p>
<p>The definition of microscopic is, &quot;unable to be seen without the aid of a microscope&quot;</p><p>This is not a microscope. You can not see anything microscopic with it.</p>
<p>Macro is the correct term. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macro_photography" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macro_photography</a></p><p>Logical sense aside, this is what the photography world calls it.</p>
<p>Hi , Thanks for the comment.</p><p>I beg to differ. The lens i am using is useless for any thing microscopic as a matter of fact. Based on Wikipedia, Macro photography is extreme close-up usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.</p><p>Hence, Macro is correct.</p>
<p>What the author originally posted::</p><p>&quot;I had the same issue while i was soldering a circuit lately and felt the need for a hand-held microscope ( well kind of ) thing without any considerable weight reduction to my pocket. There were options like buying clip-on lenses or investing in a USB microscope. But as i usually say:</p><p><strong>Why Buy When It can be built !&quot;</strong></p><p>NO, I still stand behind my original statement. If the intent is to see smaller than normally able to be seen items, like circuits he is attempting to solder, and he wished he had a microscope in his pocket, then WHY didnt he build a MICROSCOPE. why the MACROSCOPE???</p>
<p>nice.....i made it</p>
<p>Good work bro. This is very useful project.</p><p>One day, I will try to make it,too :)</p>
<p>Can you tell me where you got your SMD button? I like the form factor of that one. Nice job!</p>
<p>hi siliconghost,</p><p>Thanks for the comment. i got it from a local mobile repair shop. But they are available here too:</p><p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/200pcs-3-6-2-5mm-Tactile-Push-Button-Switch-Tact-Switch-Micro-Switch-2-Pin-SMD-/261582086124?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;hash=item3ce781dfec</p>
<p>Very usefull to a trip in my garden. Thanks!</p>
<p>Oooooh! Just what I always wanted! I'm getting this done ASAP, thanks for posting this 'ible!</p>
Like it in my line of work failure analysis it's less tools to take on the run to the scene of the crime. Like it lots keep those ideas flowing . Continue to make...
This is awesome, I will defiantly do this to my phone case. Great work!
<p>I like this idea a lot, I have just been photographing a new coin and I could have used it. BUT you are lucky that your camera lens is somewhere with some flat surface around it. Apple seems to be pushing the camera lens further and further into the corner where the back becomes curved. Pretty near impossible to attach a lens on series 5 and 6 iPhone or iPod.</p>
<p>Nice one, liked it...</p>
<p>Nice choice of phones! I'd recognize that Lumia shape anywhere lol.</p>
<p>Knock the lens out of an old CD ROM, clip it into a bobby pin and tape it to the phone. Put a small piece of masking tape over the phones light to kill glare and get close to focus. I've taken some really nice pictures this way.</p>
<p>Nice! thx :)</p>
<p>Takes five minutes to make.</p>
<p>Cool simple JUGAAR !!!</p><p>Voted.</p>
<p>Awesome ible, well done</p>
<p>Awesome- I love simple hacks like this!</p>
<p>Thanks! Glad you liked it. Share pics if you make one :)</p>
Cool Ible ....
<p>Thanks! Glad you liked it :)</p>
<p>very helpful for taking smd photos</p>
<p>Yes! I made it primarily to check SMD connections and read values. Now it a decent macro cam ! </p>
<p>awesome - cool</p>
<p>Thanks ! Glad you liked it :)</p>
<p>I dig this. nice and simple... and cool.</p>
<p>This is so cool. Thanks for the simple instructions too!</p>
<p>Great and simple instructable! Thanks</p>

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