The Basic Microscope Kit is an introductory Do-It-Yourself microscope made from affordable and easy to find parts. It's based on the Hackteria microscope, the OpenFlexure Microscope, and @maxliboiron's work at http://CivicLaboratory.nl ( #13503 ), among other sources. (above image by @partsandcrafts)
This project was started as a collaboration between Public Lab and Parts & Crafts. The goals of the project are:
- offer a very easy starting point for DIY microscopy
- act as a stepping-stone to more advanced DIY microscopes
- be as affordable and simple as possible while still providing great microscopic images
- be good enough to view 2-5 micron size particles (see sample images below)
About the parts
General parts list
- a lens (objective)
- a Raspberry Pi
- a Raspberry Pi camera
- a light source
- a rigid stage to connect these all together
Example parts list for building a Basic Microscope:
- Raspberry Pi camera
- Raspberry Pi Zero W
- a micro SD card
- a USB light
- a lens (objective x40)
- a hackteria microscope stage (with modifications from Parts and Crafts!)
- a 3D printed objective adapter
- the bolts to hold it together
Extras to help you get started:
- Microscope slides
- A microscope stage calibration slide
- Microscope Immersion Oil
- A magnet
Basic Prototyping Kit now available for sale in the Public Lab store!
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We're working to refine and improve DIY spectrometry on a number of fronts; here, take a look at the leading challenges we're hoping to solve, and post your own. For now, we're using the Q&A feature, so just click "Ask a question" to post your own challenge.
Folks involved in getting this project started include:
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