Introduction: Microscope JIG for Phone Camera

Picture of Microscope JIG for Phone Camera

Items required:

1) pocket microscope (from online store or stationery shop)

2) paper clip (large enough to conceal the phone camera)

3) vernier calipers

4) drilling machine

Step 1: Measure Eye Piece's Outer Diametre

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Step 2: Drill Hole on Paper Clip

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1) let the hole be at the end of the paper clip

2) drill hole about 1mm less than eyepiece' dia to enable tight fit

3) chose drill bit of size about 1.5mm less than the diameter of the eye piece to accommodate the wobble while drilling

4) file the hole if necessary

Step 3: Fit the Microscope on to the Clip

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Step 4: Clip the Jig to the Phone

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Step 5: Take Awesome Microscopic Photographs and Videos

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Mojo_JoJo made it! (author)2015-09-21

Awesome !! This is what I came up with

jayguy2k (author)Mojo_JoJo2016-01-27


dinesh kumar c (author)Mojo_JoJo2015-12-08

checked your i'ble. great work

iyadav1 (author)2015-03-13

Awesome idea

alter2000 (author)2015-02-22


pratik1988 (author)2014-09-02

awesome idea

ElectroFrank (author)2014-08-03

To stop the attachment slipping around, you could coat the faces of the clip with contact adhesive, which when dry gives a usefully high friction surface. (But prop them apart whilst drying !-)

Also, for a specific phone, carefully measure the distance of the camera lens from the edge of the phone, and make the hole exactly that distance from the clip hinge.

AuralVirus (author)2014-08-03

Cool little idea but for virtually the same price (or a few pennies more, ie the cost of the clip, tools and time, time being the most important factor) you can get exactly the same item with a clip on attachment for a little over £6 (the actuall microscope can be found for as low as £1.50 (P&P may take the price back up) but why bother looking for the other parts?

Don't get me wrong its a cool idea but already has an arguably "better",certainly more convenient, solution.

lbrewer42 (author)AuralVirus2014-08-03

"for a little over £6 (the actual microscope can be found for as low as £1.50"

If I did the math right - this is US $12.62.

I got the same magnifier off of ebay for free (.99 using ebay bucks) last year. I think the price is no 1.25 though. The clip is something I might be able to get at a dollar store. So a total maximum cost for me to make this would be 1.25 + 1.00.

I guess if someone does not have the access to the tools though, the 12.62 would be the way to go. Although I always tended to use situations like this as an excuse to buy more tools :)

ElectroFrank (author)lbrewer422014-08-03

Wikipedia: "As of 14 May 2014, £1 was worth US$1.70"

Ebay: this pocket microscope is available to the UK for £0.99 inc postage.

AuralVirus (author)lbrewer422014-08-03

p.s. exchange rate would say yes re: $12 though in reality more like $6 when you take into account u.s prices being on average 50% less than u.k prices on basically everything. :) (possibly something to do with minimum wage equivalence & a million other reasons/excuses)
eg an Imac here £1500+, u.s $1600 (ish re 24") etc etc

AuralVirus (author)lbrewer422014-08-03

lol - man can never have too many tools!
(unsure if women care for such things though I'd imagine shoes to be the equivalent)

offense none taken.. the project started in the first place because the jig was fitting only an iPhone.. I wanted to make a jig that fits on most phones

Good point - as far as I know there is no multi - fit version - you have found a market that the "pro's" missed :D

seanthesheep101 (author)2014-08-03

jmixon (author)2014-08-03

a few years ago i took the eye piece from a rifle scope, and taped it into this big magnifying glass that has a light. it ACTUALLY WORKS!!! i use it all the time to take pictures of my legal medical marijuana with my phone, but it's tricky due to the size, going to have to see if i can't save up some money to buy the parts needed to make your jig, cuz it looks like there is a lot less messing about involved to take a stable picture.

dinesh kumar c (author)jmixon2014-08-03

thanks.... I assure its not going to cost much at all

jmixon (author)dinesh kumar c2014-08-03

i agree, but i'm still flat broke until the end of the month cuz i'm disabled on a fixed income where 90% of it goes towards my medication costs. i've got a list.

Kathy68 (author)2014-08-03

Love ur idea...I bought the mini microscope from ebay...but haven't had time to attach & try it...yet :-)

Housedog (author)2014-07-31

Love it!

Where'd you get yours from?

dinesh kumar c (author)Housedog2014-07-31

the microscope?... from a stationery shop.

Housedog (author)dinesh kumar c2014-07-31

Thank you for the prompt reply.

I saw where you had said "online or stationary store", but I don't recall ever seeing them in my local Stples, so thats why I asked.

drvajra (author)Housedog2014-08-03

I found one similar to Dinesh's at!677211011%2Cn%3A677230011%2Cn%3A3322587011%2Cn%3A677232011&sort=price-asc-rank

Ramireex (author)Housedog2014-07-31

I got mine on e-bay. Just look for the mini microscope or pocket microscope. I think mine cost less than $5.00 and it works pretty well. Also has a blue light and a white light.

dinesh kumar c (author)Housedog2014-07-31


AuralVirus (author)2014-08-03

There are also versions for £4.98 (free P&P) for Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 & S5 - no doubt more makes and cheaper..... and I just saw an iPhone version for £3.99.

jakerobinson (author)2014-08-03

Just purchased 60x mini microscope from Amazon Prime for $7.32 - 2nd day delivery... gotta love prime... now I will make one. from time to time I will conduct a "gold buying party" where folks bring their old broken gold jewelry, kinked herringbone chains, missing earrings or just want to get cash for old gold they don't wear anymore. I want to see if this will assist me in finding the caret mark for rings etc... would be a bonus to snap a photo to keep with the customers order if I ever have to prove I am purchasing legitimate items...

spylock (author)2014-08-03

Awesome job!Is there a name brand,or something more you can tell us about the pocket microscope?

thomasbleser1 (author)2014-08-03

Brilliant idea, but plastic tends to wear out too fast with heavy use involving stress. I have found that spring-steel binder clamps you get at office supply places in a range of sizes up to an inch work better. The little wire handles can be easily removed temporarily as the need arises. I think almost any DIYer could make a comfortable living on the side just working out a deal with his/her vendor to get a commission on the number of new units sold as a direct of his/her new idea for using them. By the way, where can you get one of those microscopes?

Poppy Ann (author)2014-08-03

I have one of these from ebay at around £2.50 i also built one using lego so i could get a stationary photo as my hands are not to good any longer, the one out of lego uses a cheap usb web cam, i used one of these:-

as it has a adjustable lens plus enough adjustment to get very close.

saul22019 (author)2014-08-02

I found them on Ebay starting at $2.89 and up. I'm definitely making this for detailed photos. Thanks for the write up and great idea.

Fikjast Scott (author)2014-08-02

Great work

I have looked at a lot of concepts of this, yours is outstanding.

Thank you for sharing.

thank you

shajeenahamed (author)2014-08-02

really good ! .

isiond (author)2014-08-02

wow nice idea thanks !

baecker03 (author)2014-08-01

really good idea, is there any way to adjust the focal point?

dinesh kumar c (author)baecker032014-08-01

thanks... the microscope had the provision to adjust focal length

rbhaskar1 (author)2014-08-01


Verticees (author)2014-07-31


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