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  • $10 Smartphone to Digital Microscope Conversion!

    We love our $9 phone microscope!I made ours with clear plastic trays in lieu of plexiglass/acrylic because I could not find plexi cheaply. Because of the thinness of the clear plastic, I had to mount the lenses in a 1/4” plywood ‘donut’ and press fit that in the plastic tray. We also used an inverted wooden box as the base, which worked fabulously since it negated the need for inserting the bolt heads on the bottom.The last modification was that we used one of our dismantled laser pointers’ flashlights as our backlight instead of a dedicated flashlight. I did this because it was there and it gave a purpose to an otherwise discarded item. Only one hitch: the switch has to be held to light it. So I filed a notch in the wood hole to accommodate the buttons. You put the light in, then turn ...

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    We love our $9 phone microscope!I made ours with clear plastic trays in lieu of plexiglass/acrylic because I could not find plexi cheaply. Because of the thinness of the clear plastic, I had to mount the lenses in a 1/4” plywood ‘donut’ and press fit that in the plastic tray. We also used an inverted wooden box as the base, which worked fabulously since it negated the need for inserting the bolt heads on the bottom.The last modification was that we used one of our dismantled laser pointers’ flashlights as our backlight instead of a dedicated flashlight. I did this because it was there and it gave a purpose to an otherwise discarded item. Only one hitch: the switch has to be held to light it. So I filed a notch in the wood hole to accommodate the buttons. You put the light in, then turn it so the notch is no longer over the button and the hole holds it on.

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