Intro: Microscope Just for $1
Here is a short guide how to make a microscope for only $1! The first time I made it in the distant 1998, however, this statement is still relevant today!
You will need:
- a strip of cardboard or paper (21x5cm);
- transparent duct tape (width 5cm);
- paper clip;
- a pair of scissors;
- a bit of clean water;
- any magnifying glass (or DSLR camera + tripod);
- support for the research object (two dominoesin in my case).
Step 1: Main Frame
For the manufacture of frame you need a strip of cardboard and a clip:
- prepare a strip of cardboard;
- fold the cardboard as shown in the photo;
- fasten the obtained piece with a clip;
- make 4 triangular slits in cardboard.
Step 2: Duck Tape Glass
Now you'll need to stick a piece of transparent duct tape 5x7cm on the upper part of the frame, so we get the "glass" for the bottom lens of the microscope.
- use only good transparent duct tape;
- do not touch the sticky side of duct tape;
- do not wrinkle the duct tape;
Step 3: Water Lens
Now let's create the water lens:
- install our piece on a firm, level surface;
- fill dropper of pure water;
- drip carefully a drop into the center of duct tape;
- the more drop resembles a hemisphere, the stronger is the microscope!
Step 4: Testing
Well, the microscope is almost ready:
- gently put under the microscope what you want to see;
- if necessary, put a stand under the object of study;
- take a magnifying glass in hand, close one eye and try to focus;
- if you did everything correctly, you will see the object greatly enlarged!
If you have a DSLR-camera (or just a good camera or even a mobile phone) - you can do a little differently:
- put the camera above microscope, lens facing down
- it's important to set the camera on a tripod;
- go to Live View mode (if you have a DSLR-camera);
- switch to manual focusing and try to catch the focus;
- I am sure - you'll be very surprised, when you realize that your microscope works!
- and you probably guessed that [close-up lenses] work in the same way.
In conclusion, I suggest you a couple of photos taken using our microscope. In the photo - a coin of 10 rubles [link]. As you can see, the lens works (although somewhat blurring, compared with the sharp lens).
Write in the comments that you would like to see through such a microscope and as far as possible I'll try to help you out and upload new pictures! Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!