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Basic Microscope Kit

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 ( #13503 ), among other sources. (above image by @partsandcrafts) ## Goals This project was started as a collaboration between Public Lab and [Parts & Crafts]( The goals of the project are: 1. offer a very easy starting point for DIY microscopy 2. act as a stepping-stone to more advanced DIY microscopes 3. be as affordable and simple as possible while still providing great microscopic images 4. be good enough to view 2-5 micron size particles (see [sample images below](#Sample+images)) ##About the parts ### General parts list * a lens (objective) * a [Raspberry Pi](/tag/raspberry-pi) * a [Raspberry Pi camera](/pi-camera) * a light source * a rigid stage to connect these all together ###Example parts list for building a Basic Microscope: * [Raspberry Pi camera]( * [Raspberry Pi Zero W]( * [a micro SD card]( * [a USB light]( * [a lens (objective x40)]( * [a hackteria microscope stage]( (with modifications from Parts and Crafts!) * [a 3D printed objective adapter]( * the bolts to hold it together Extras to help you get started: * [Microscope slides]( * [A microscope stage calibration slide]( * [Microscope Immersion Oil]( * Rubberbands * A magnet **** ## Getting started Start with the [Overview activity, here](/notes/partsandcrafts/11-26-2017/building-a-raspberry-pi-microscope). Then see [the activities below](#Activities) for each step in detail. _Basic Prototyping Kit now available for sale in the [Public Lab store](!_ **** ## Questions [questions:basic-microscope] ![]( ## Activities [activities:basic-microscope] ## Challenges We're working to refine and improve DIY spectrometry on a number of fronts; here, take a look at the leading challenges we're hoping to solve, and post your own. For now, we're using the Q&A feature, so just click "Ask a question" to post your own challenge. [questions:basic-microscope-challenge] **** ## People Folks involved in getting this project started include: [people:group:partsandcrafts] **** ## Sample images [![](/system/images/photos/000/022/598/large/sample_1.jpg)](/system/images/photos/000/022/598/original/sample_1.jpg) [![](/system/images/photos/000/022/597/large/sample_3.jpg)](/system/images/photos/000/022/597/original/sample_3.jpg) ...

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warren "I updated this with a new photo of the improved webcams, which means you can skip the inner foam tape step since the circuit board can unscrew and ..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "OK, we've finally gotten some good photos of the "basic kit" version of the Community Microscope (Kickstarter link) and how to assemble it. This is..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Here is the adapter! We're making some on a lasercutter and some on a 3d printer, but it's a /very/ simple part -- the tough part for us is getting..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "For Early Bird and Intro kits, we ultimately got a slightly different model of webcam -- it has a retracting cable, and an extra screw when compare..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "For folks starting to connect microscope objective lenses to their microscopes as part of the Community Microscope Kit, we'll post some photos soon..." | Read more » over 4 years ago
warren "Glad to hear it. I've noted that not all WiFi networks work, and sometimes trying on a different one (like the one I broadcast from my phone) works..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
Aleksi12358 "I managed to connect with usb. Now I will try to get camera to work and calibrate my spectrometer. I followed this:" | Read more » almost 5 years ago
Aleksi12358 "I have problem with this. I cannot get my raspberry pi to connect to my wifi router. I have tried different thing in wpa_supplicant file that I fou..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
danbeavers "I noticed the same problem that jiteovien noticed but my solution was to use a popsicle stick under the Coroplast and placing the rubber band over ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
jiteovien "Hello! I noticed when constructing the microscope that the usage of rubber bands instead of springs may cause the Coroplast material to bend and co..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
SarahC "Remember - you're buying an OIL objective lens. This means it's been designed and built to use oil in contact with the lens and the cover-slip of ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "Whoops, I just noticed this. I will try to print the parts and let you know how it works. Sorry for the delay. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Sorry to detail here, you can get in touch via email if you like or repost your address if you want - I just wanted to be sure you didn't inadverte..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "You may also be able to use any WebRTC camera app - Infragram is just one of them. Try (or ht..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
Bronwen "Thanks for catching that: I just updated the link on the page. I am having some difficulty getting my video feed to appear in the sandbox, am wonde..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
MaggPi "try " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
mrengy "In this section: Connect your camera On a laptop, use Photo Booth for Macs, or you can go to in most browsers to a..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Hi, good call @amirberAgain - i wasn't sure if @MaggPi knew this was a public page, so I just deleted the comment. The rest of the comment was: @c..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
amirberAgain "@Maggpi @Warren please consider deleting any message with personal details. " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
cfastie "I see the little triangles of zero-thickness. My slicer (Simplify3D) ignores them, so it looks like they will print okay. @MaggPi, would you like m..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Oh, hmm. You may want to ask here: I also wonder if you could choose a different material ..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
MaggPi "This is just a note that my 3d print company flagged the design for the pi-camera holder , I don't think its a problem but I am not sure how to cor..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
MaggPi "Thanks! also thinking of using the picamera cover/holder for a spectrometer build BTW " | Read more » about 5 years ago
partsandcrafts "@MaggPi -- Sorry about that. I didn't update the link to the research note version of the instructions. I will do that now. The correct links ar..." | Read more » about 5 years ago