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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!

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
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren about 1 month ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela about 1 month ago
How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles? @kgradow1 about 1 month ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 about 1 month ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke 2 months ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke 2 months ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren 2 months ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren 3 months ago
What is the best low-cost or DIY microscope to use with a group? @gretchengehrke 4 months ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert 4 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 »
Making a Hackteria microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 1 replications: Try it »
Automating ImageJ for particle image analysis - - @SimonPyle - - 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 »
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly - - @mathew - - 0 replications: Try it »
Calibrating a Microscope - - @mathew - - 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
Microscope build for Barnraising 2017 @kgradow1 21 days ago
Making a Hackteria microscope @partsandcrafts about 1 month ago
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren about 1 month ago
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela about 1 month ago
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 about 1 month ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren 2 months ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren 3 months ago
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert 4 months ago
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew about 1 year ago
DIY microscope resources @liz about 1 year ago
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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 over 1 year ago
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope @mathew over 1 year ago
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew over 1 year ago
Mobius MicroCam @tonyc over 1 year ago
Raspberry Pi based microscope @Holger about 2 years ago
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew about 2 years ago


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