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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 Comments
driver usb camera community microscope @francesco49 6 months ago 5
Would it be possible to make our own microscopic scale rulers (micrometers) using optical discs (DVDs?) @warren about 1 year ago 6
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie almost 2 years ago 6
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie almost 2 years ago 1
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren about 2 years ago 3
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren over 2 years ago 5
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren over 2 years ago 11
Where can you get the stage for the basic microscope? @stevie over 2 years ago 0
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain over 2 years ago 0
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
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren over 2 years ago 3
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela over 2 years ago 2
How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles? @kgradow1 over 2 years ago 3
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 over 2 years ago 3
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 4
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 4
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren over 2 years ago 2
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren over 2 years ago 4
What is the best low-cost or DIY microscope to use with a group? @gretchengehrke almost 3 years ago 2
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert almost 3 years ago 3
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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 - complete @MicroscopesAreCool 3h - 1 replications: Try it »
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch - - @warren - - 1 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 »
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming - - @partsandcrafts - - 0 replications: Try it »
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis - - @mathew - - 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 »
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Updates

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Replicating IBM's Lensless, Holographic, RPi Microscope? @wln215 6 months ago 1
driver usb camera community microscope @francesco49 6 months ago 5
Build a low-magnification "dissection microscope" for microplastics @warren 7 months ago 4
Microscope Webcam Conversion @Bronwen 7 months ago 12
Oct 4: MicroBrews meet-up at AS220 Food, Providence @warren 8 months ago 2
Would it be possible to make our own microscopic scale rulers (micrometers) using optical discs (DVDs?) @warren about 1 year ago 6
1. Setting up the Raspberry Pi Camera for Wireless Streaming @partsandcrafts about 1 year ago 10
Prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi camera from scratch @warren about 1 year ago 8
Add a high-quality webcam to your Community Microscope kit using LEGO @warren about 1 year ago 13
Ideas for a DIY + Maker class for 6th graders @Kmckeown almost 2 years ago 6
Could the Raspberry Pi Microscope be used for looking at microplastics found in ocean water? @stevie almost 2 years ago 6
Set up Cam interface on RPi zero w with Pi Cam 2 @lach_myers almost 2 years ago 2
Overview: Hackteria Remix: Building a Basic Microscope with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts about 2 years ago 14
Kickstarting the Community Microscope Kit! @Bronwen about 2 years ago 0
Lensless holograpic microscope @amirberAgain about 2 years ago 0
Hand-cut or lasercut a simple DIY microscope stage @warren about 2 years ago 1
Looking for a simple DIY microscope stage design with parallel plates @warren about 2 years ago 3
How to Make a Simple Smartphone Microscope #citizenscience #science #DIY #3dprinting @zengirl2 about 2 years ago 4
2. Attaching Your Raspberry Pi Camera to a Microscope Objective Lens @partsandcrafts about 2 years ago 13
3. Building a Basic Microscope Stage @partsandcrafts about 2 years ago 3
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren over 2 years ago 5
Particle Visualization Event in Hixton, WI @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 5
What is "immersion oil" for microscopes? @warren over 2 years ago 11
A Massdrop microscope sale (just 23 hours left) @amirberAgain over 2 years ago 0
Fluorescence microscope - automatically detect airborne pathogens in confined space? @vwaterson over 2 years ago 7
How can we set up a Raspberry Pi camera as an ethernet USB device to avoid using WiFi @warren over 2 years ago 5
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
Quick Build: Basic Microscope Kit with Raspberry Pi @partsandcrafts over 2 years ago 15
Microscope build for Barnraising 2017 @kgradow1 over 2 years ago 0
Making a Hackteria stage @partsandcrafts over 2 years ago 4
How do DIY microscopes compare (cost, ease of use, resolution) to commercial options? @warren over 2 years ago 3
Has anyone used a RasPi camera in a DIY microscope? @bmela over 2 years ago 2
How long does it take to build the hackteria microscope? (is it easy?) @kgradow1 over 2 years ago 3
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren over 2 years ago 2
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren over 2 years ago 4
Have you had any experience utilizing low cost portable microscopes? @gilbert almost 3 years ago 3
Microscope from Tablet Computer @MicroscopesAreCool over 3 years ago 1
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew over 3 years ago 4
DIY microscope resources @liz over 3 years ago 1
Calibrating a Microscope @mathew almost 4 years ago 2
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly @mathew almost 4 years ago 7
Automating ImageJ for particle image analysis @SimonPyle about 4 years ago 8
Making an OpenFlexure Microscope @mathew about 4 years ago 12
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew about 4 years ago 3
Mobius MicroCam @tonyc about 4 years ago 4
Raspberry Pi based microscope @Holger over 4 years ago 8
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew over 4 years ago 3
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