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Question:Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water?

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stevie asked on December 08, 2017 22:12
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I was recently speaking with @Bluemountainsurfer about the microscope project. He asked if we could use it to look at microplastics. I thought it could be really interesting! Anyone have ideas on whether this could work? https://publiclab.org/notes/partsandcrafts/12-02-2017/quick-build-raspberry-pi-microscope



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warren about 1 month ago

@maxliboiron would know! https://civiclaboratory.nl/category/technologies/

I wonder what microns per pixel resolution is needed?

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How big are the particles? I know very little about microplastics but I found this great reference sheet: http://www.ccb.se/documents/Postkod2017/Mtg050317/Guide%20to%20Microplastic%20Identification_MERI.pdf. Most of the samples here would I think be visible at 40x magnification. In some cases, it looks like that might actually be too much.


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