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Love those photos!! This whole instructable is simply marvelous--I love how folks are making/modifying it to suit their own needs. I am excited to get started on my own!!
This would be one of the coolest science fake projects ever. As a judge of one or two myself, I would call this project a winner. Good luck!
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Thank you for the review! Oh, by the way, Yoshinok, your cell phone microscopes are working great in our biology lab, I appreciate you inventing this!
Hi, BenR11! I picked up one of the wooden microscopes from Echo after you posted this. It is cute. It comes as a single sheet of laser-cut thin plywood. The greatest level of magnification I got out of it was about 50x (compare to the double lens smartphone microscope >300x). That was AFTER I had zoomed in. Without the zoom it is closer to ~10x, maybe less. It doesn't come with a light source, and I had some issues with the keychain light (the one I use in my scopes). The individual LED's were clearly seen even after using diffusion gels. The huge lens has a long focal length, so the samples don't need to be super close to the lens to be in focus. This is handy when looking at opaque objects as it allows a good deal of light to reach the sample. I'd say for very simple investigations of opaque specimens this microscope works pretty well.
Hi Samp130! You will need to use the digital zoom on the phone to achieve higher levels of magnification.
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I can only see 40x. How to magnify to 175x? Please let me know, Yoshinok. - Samp130
Looks awesome, Thanks in advance - takiqadim
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Ok, I wanted to share something I saw the other day- a company called Echo Labs is selling a wooden cell phone microscope kit somewhat similar to this one for ten dollars. I haven't bought one yet, so I don't know the quality of the kit or the lenses, but it looks pretty neat:http://echo-labs.com/woodenscopeIt has an interesting focus mechanism, and is made of laser cut wood.I've made a bunch of Yoshinok's kits too, we use them for school, and I like them. I would like to compare the two.very much.
Excellent work! Those photos are great!
This is my first time building something. A little crooked. Make sure to take proper measurements and honestly write down everything because I was being lazy and just taking the instructions from the video. So far I was only able to take some photos of some coins up close and they look pretty cool to me. My only issue has been that the objects need to be really close to the lens for there to be any kind of clarity. I will eventually get a light and I also want to add another lens.
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