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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 (, 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:


Parts list

  • Lens
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi camera
  • ...

Getting started

(coming soon)


Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What is the magnification on the Basic Microscope kit? @maxliboiron 12 months ago 1
Would it be possible to make our own microscopic scale rulers (micrometers) using optical discs (DVDs?) @warren about 1 year ago 6
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie almost 2 years ago 1
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie almost 2 years ago 3
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie almost 2 years ago 9
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren over 2 years ago 3
Help the Kits Initiative launch the Basic Microscope Kit by 3d printing lens adaptors! @Bronwen over 2 years ago 13
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren over 2 years ago 5
What types of slides would be good for working with the basic microscope? @stevie over 2 years ago 3
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie over 2 years ago 0
How cheaply can I get all the parts of the basic microscope kit? @warren over 2 years ago 4
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren over 2 years ago 19
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren over 2 years ago 4
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Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Attaching a Raspberry Pi Camera to a Microscope Objective Lens - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch - - @warren - - 1 replications: Try it »
Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Community Microscope Assembly Instructions - - @Bronwen - - 0 replications: Try it »
Building a Basic Microscope Stage - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Looking at Dust (and other things) - - @partsandcrafts - - 3 replications: Try it »
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Testing and Calibrating Your Microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Microscope Webcam Conversion - - @Bronwen - - 0 replications: Try it »
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Lighting Your Sample - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
6. Looking at Dust (and other things) - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
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