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Community Microscope Kit

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Using simple materials, we’ve developed a microscope kit you can build yourself - the result of many teams’ work coming together!


Use this link to view through your microscope

Flyers for the events

On Thursday, February 14th, IMVEC will de doing a 2 hour workshop to build microscopes in collaboration with the WETlab of Hangar in Barcelona. More information here


Introducing the Community Microscope

Explore the invisible microscopic world around you with an affordable microscope kit you construct yourself!

When you get a kit, please use the hashtags #communitymicroscope and #communityscience to post your unboxing and build photos -- and tag us with @PublicLab on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram


Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What is an estimated cost for this project? @pdhixenbaugh almost 3 years ago 3
Microscope not focusing right @Meculus over 3 years ago 5
How do I get the USB camera to work on an Android phone @pietervanboheemen about 4 years ago 1
Would it be possible to make our own microscopic scale rulers (micrometers) using optical discs (DVDs?) @warren about 4 years ago 6
How do I...troubleshoot my webcam's focus? @Bonnieralston about 4 years ago 1
How do I build the Deluxe Microscope Kit @aps over 4 years ago 2
Is there a step by step to building the super pi Microscope kit @Hightower77 over 4 years ago 2
How can you calculate microscope magnification with just a calibration slide? @Bronwen over 4 years ago 5
Which objectives do you use? @aquiles almost 5 years ago 6
What types of slides would be good for working with the basic microscope? @stevie over 5 years ago 2
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie almost 5 years ago 9
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie almost 5 years ago 3
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie almost 5 years ago 0
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren over 5 years ago 14



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You can also find lasercut and 3d printing files for the kit here:

Using your microscope

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Ongoing work on the design of the Community Microscope Kit can be found here:


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Want to remix your own? Here's a link to a shared document where you can compose your own images for sharing:

Please use the hashtags #communitymicroscope and #communityscience -- and tag us with @PublicLab on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Also see this larger collection of images in Dropbox:

Some Google Photos: