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Microscopes

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A microscope is an optical instrument that can be used for magnification. It's often made up of multiple parts, including:

  • optics (lens, focus, calibration)
  • a camera
  • a lighting system
  • a moving stage to hold slides

Community Microscope Kit

We’ve developed a microscope kit you can build yourself - the result of many teams’ work coming together!

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Questions

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

Title Author Updated Likes
Would it be possible to make our own microscopic scale rulers (micrometers) using optical discs (DVDs?) @warren about 1 month ago
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie 10 months ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 10 months ago
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren about 1 year ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren about 1 year ago
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren over 1 year ago
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie over 1 year ago
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain over 1 year ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren over 1 year ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren over 1 year ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren over 1 year ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela over 1 year ago
How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles? @kgradow1 over 1 year ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 over 1 year ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 1 year ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 1 year ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren over 1 year ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren over 1 year ago
What is the best low-cost or DIY microscope to use with a group? @gretchengehrke almost 2 years ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert almost 2 years ago
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Activities

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

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Imagining & testing Polarized Light Microscopy for Silica dust speciation - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope - - @mathew - - 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 ImageJ for particle image analysis - - @SimonPyle - - 0 replications: Try it »
Making a Hackteria stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 1 replications: Try it »
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch - - @warren - - 1 replications: Try it »
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 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 »
A Prototype Paper Stage for the Microscope - - @mimiss - - 0 replications: Try it »
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Calibrating a Microscope - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
Would it be possible to make our own microscopic scale rulers (micrometers) using optical discs (DVDs?) @warren about 1 month ago
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming @partsandcrafts about 2 months ago
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch @warren about 2 months ago
Microscope Webcam Conversion @Bronwen 3 months ago
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO @warren 3 months ago
Ideas for a DIY + Maker class for 6th graders @Kmckeown 9 months ago
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie 10 months ago
Set up Cam interface on RPi zero w with Pi Cam 2 @lach_myers 12 months ago
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts 12 months ago
Kickstarting the Community Microscope Kit! @Bronwen about 1 year ago
Lensless holograpic microscope @amirberAgain about 1 year ago
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage @warren about 1 year ago
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren about 1 year ago
How to Make a Simple Smartphone Microscope #citizenscience #science #DIY #3dprinting @zengirl2 about 1 year ago
2. Attaching Your Raspberry Pi Camera to a Microscope Objective Lens @partsandcrafts about 1 year ago
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage @partsandcrafts about 1 year ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren about 1 year ago
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke about 1 year ago
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren over 1 year ago
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain over 1 year ago
Fluorescence microscope - automatically detect airborne pathogens in confined space? @vwaterson over 1 year ago
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren over 1 year ago
How cheaply can I get all the parts of the basic microscope kit? @warren over 1 year ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren over 1 year ago
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts over 1 year ago
Microscope build for Barnraising 2017 @kgradow1 over 1 year ago
Making a Hackteria stage @partsandcrafts over 1 year ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren over 1 year ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela over 1 year ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 over 1 year ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren over 1 year ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren over 1 year ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert almost 2 years ago
Microscope from Tablet Computer @MicroscopesAreCool over 2 years ago
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew over 2 years ago
DIY microscope resources @liz over 2 years ago
Calibrating a Microscope @mathew over 2 years ago
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly @mathew almost 3 years ago
Automating ImageJ for particle image analysis @SimonPyle about 3 years ago
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope @mathew about 3 years ago
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew about 3 years ago
Mobius MicroCam @tonyc about 3 years ago
Raspberry Pi based microscope @Holger over 3 years ago
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew over 3 years ago
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