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Microscopes



A microscope is an optical instrument that can be used for magnification. It's often paired with:

  • optics (focus + calibration)
  • a camera
  • a lighting system
  • a moving stage

Not all are necessary to view something microscopic!

Basic Microscope Kit

While there are lots of different microscopes -- both commercial and open source (see below) -- we're highlighting an introductory-level Do-It-Yourself microscope kit that's a good place to start:

Basic Microscope Kit


Microscope projects

What kinds of microscope are available, both Do-It-Yourself ones and commercially available ones? We've posted this question here, and are keeping a comparison table below.

See and edit the full spreadsheet here

Questions

Questions can be either frequently asked questions, or "next step" challenges we're looking to solve.

Title Author Updated Likes
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 2 days ago
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren 9 days ago
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie about 1 month ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie about 2 months ago
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain about 2 months ago
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie 3 months ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren 3 months ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren 3 months ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren 5 months ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela 5 months ago
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How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles? @kgradow1 5 months ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 5 months ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke 5 months ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke 5 months ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren 5 months ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren 6 months ago
What is the best low-cost or DIY microscope to use with a group? @gretchengehrke 7 months ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert 7 months ago

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Activities

Activities show how to use this project, step by step.

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Automating ImageJ for particle image analysis - - @SimonPyle - - 0 replications: Try it »
Making a Hackteria stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 1 replications: Try it »
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Microscope from Tablet Computer - - @MicroscopesAreCool - - 0 replications: Try it »
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
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Calibrating a Microscope - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi - - @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.

Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
2. Attaching Your Raspberry Pi Camera to a Microscope Objective Lens @partsandcrafts 1 day ago
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage @partsandcrafts 1 day ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 2 days ago
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke 3 days ago
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren 9 days ago
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain about 2 months ago
Fluorescence microscope - automatically detect airborne pathogens in confined space? @vwaterson 2 months ago
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren 2 months ago
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie 3 months ago
How cheaply can I get all the parts of the basic microscope kit? @warren 3 months ago
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Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren 3 months ago
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming @partsandcrafts 3 months ago
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts 3 months ago
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts 3 months ago
Microscope build for Barnraising 2017 @kgradow1 4 months ago
Making a Hackteria stage @partsandcrafts 4 months ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren 5 months ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela 5 months ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 5 months ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren 5 months ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren 6 months ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert 7 months ago
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew over 1 year ago
DIY microscope resources @liz over 1 year ago
Calibrating a Microscope @mathew over 1 year ago
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly @mathew over 1 year ago
Automating ImageJ for particle image analysis @SimonPyle almost 2 years ago
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope @mathew almost 2 years ago
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew almost 2 years ago
Mobius MicroCam @tonyc almost 2 years ago
Raspberry Pi based microscope @Holger over 2 years ago
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew over 2 years ago


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