The whole project will take up merely 20 minutes and requires little preparation. You have to get the materials ready and have a drill and assorted bits at hand. Then, you need to go shopping and get a few nuts, bolts, plywood and plexiglass pieces. With all this, you’ll be ready to assemble your own digital microscope to work with your smartphone.
First, here are all the materials that are necessary:
- 3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
- 9x 5/16” nuts
- 3x 5/16” wing nuts
- 5x 5/16” washers
- ¾” x 7” x 7” plywood -- for the base
- ⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass -- for the camera stage
- ⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass -- for the specimen stage
- laser pointer focus lens
- LED click light (necessary only for viewing backlit specimens)
Next, you’ll need the following tools:
- Assorted bits
There is an actual step-by-step walkthrough of the assembly that you can watch in a video right below, but first a few words about the end result. It is a microscope that is capable of up to 175x magnification - enough to see and explore a plant cell. The whole creation is also completely mobile so you can do your shots outdoors without any expensive equipment. Take a look at how it’s done right below.