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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 ( #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:

  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

Parts list

Getting started

(coming soon)


Title Author Updated Likes
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie about 14 hours ago
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie 1 day ago
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie 7 days ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 14 days ago
How cheaply can I get all the parts of the basic microscope kit? @warren about 2 months ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren about 2 months ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren about 2 months ago

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Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Hackteria Remix: Building a Raspberry Pi Microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Quick Build: Raspberry Pi Microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Building the Microscope Stage - - @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.


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
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren about 1 month ago

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Folks involved in getting this project started include:


And @bmela! Not sure why she's not showing up here, but it's a bug!

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