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Microscopes



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
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie 4 months ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 4 months ago
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren 9 months ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 10 months ago
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren 10 months ago
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie 11 months ago
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain 11 months ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren about 1 year ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren about 1 year ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren about 1 year ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela about 1 year ago
How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles? @kgradow1 about 1 year ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 about 1 year ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke about 1 year ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke about 1 year ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren about 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 over 1 year ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert over 1 year 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 »
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch - - @warren - - 1 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 »
Calibrating a Microscope - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes
Microscope Webcam Conversion @bronwen 11 days ago
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO @warren 11 days ago
Ideas for a DIY + Maker class for 6th graders @Kmckeown 4 months ago
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie 4 months ago
Set up Cam interface on RPi zero w with Pi Cam 2 @lach_myers 6 months ago
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts 7 months ago
Kickstarting the Community Microscope Kit! @bronwen 7 months ago
Lensless holograpic microscope @amirberAgain 7 months ago
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming @partsandcrafts 8 months ago
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch @warren 8 months ago
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage @warren 8 months ago
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren 9 months ago
How to Make a Simple Smartphone Microscope #citizenscience #science #DIY #3dprinting @Zengirl2 10 months ago
2. Attaching Your Raspberry Pi Camera to a Microscope Objective Lens @partsandcrafts 10 months ago
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage @partsandcrafts 10 months ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 10 months ago
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke 10 months ago
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren 10 months ago
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain 11 months ago
Fluorescence microscope - automatically detect airborne pathogens in confined space? @vwaterson 12 months ago
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren 12 months ago
How cheaply can I get all the parts of the basic microscope kit? @warren about 1 year ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren about 1 year ago
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts about 1 year ago
Microscope build for Barnraising 2017 @kgradow1 about 1 year ago
Making a Hackteria stage @partsandcrafts about 1 year ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren about 1 year ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela about 1 year ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 about 1 year ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren about 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 over 1 year ago
Microscope from Tablet Computer @MicroscopesAreCool about 2 years ago
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew about 2 years ago
DIY microscope resources @liz about 2 years ago
Calibrating a Microscope @mathew over 2 years ago
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly @mathew over 2 years ago
Automating ImageJ for particle image analysis @SimonPyle over 2 years ago
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope @mathew over 2 years ago
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew over 2 years ago
Mobius MicroCam @tonyc over 2 years ago
Raspberry Pi based microscope @Holger about 3 years ago
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew over 3 years ago
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