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Basic Microscope Kit


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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)

Goals

This project was started as a collaboration between Public Lab and Parts & Crafts. The goals of the project are:

  1. offer a very easy starting point for DIY microscopy
  2. act as a stepping-stone to more advanced DIY microscopes
  3. be as affordable and simple as possible while still providing great microscopic images
  4. be good enough to view 2-5 micron size particles (see sample images below)

About the parts

General parts list

Example parts list for building a Basic Microscope:

Extras to help you get started:


Getting started

Start with the Overview activity, here. Then see the activities below for each step in detail.

Basic Prototyping Kit now available for sale in the Public Lab store!


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren 4 months ago
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie 4 months ago
Help the Kits Initiative launch the Basic Microscope Kit by 3d printing lens adaptors! @bronwen 4 months ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 5 months ago
What types of slides would be good for working with the basic microscope? @stevie 6 months ago
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie 6 months ago
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie 6 months ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 6 months ago
How cheaply can I get all the parts of the basic microscope kit? @warren 7 months ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren 7 months ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren 8 months ago
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Activities

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
2. Attaching Your Raspberry Pi Camera to a Microscope Objective Lens - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
6. Looking at Dust (and other things) - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Community Microscope Assembly Instructions - - @bronwen - - 0 replications: Try it »
5. Testing and Calibrating Your Microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch - - @warren - - 1 replications: Try it »
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Microscope Webcam Conversion - - @bronwen - - 0 replications: Try it »
4. Lighting Your Sample - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
6. Looking at Dust (and other things) - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.

Challenges

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.

Title Author Updated Likes
What are different ways to collect respirable dust samples for analysis? @warren 6 months ago
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren 7 months ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren 8 months ago

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People

Folks involved in getting this project started include:

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partsandcrafts
kgradow1
wmacfarl New Contributor
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