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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!



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


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes
How can you calculate microscope magnification with just a calibration slide? @Bronwen 6 months ago
How could the new basic microscope project be used in building towards advocacy outcomes? @stevie 8 months ago
What information should be posted with images taken with a microscope? @stevie 8 months ago
What is the best light source to use for the basic microscope? @stevie 8 months ago
Which objectives do you use? @aquiles 8 months ago
What types of slides would be good for working with the basic microscope? @stevie about 1 year ago
Where can microscope lenses (objectives) be bought? @warren over 1 year ago

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Assembly

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Make stages for the Community Microscope Kit

by imvec 4 months ago | 9 | 193 | 3

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Microscope Webcam Conversion

by Bronwen 11 months ago | 11 | 595 | 2

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Community Microscope Assembly Instructions

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4. Lighting Your Sample

by partsandcrafts about 1 year ago | 2 | 243 | 2

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You can also find lasercut and 3d printing files for the kit here: https://github.com/publiclab/community-microscope


Using your microscope

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
Raspberry PI NoIR close-up Imaging - - @MaggPi - - 0 replications: Try it »
6. Looking at Dust (and other things) - - @partsandcrafts - - 1 replications: Try it »
Infrared Insect Microscopy - - @MaggPi - - 0 replications: Try it »
Microscope calibration overlays… What’s the best approach? - - @MaggPi - - 0 replications: Try it »
5. Testing and Calibrating Your Microscope - - @partsandcrafts - - 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.


Challenges

Title Author Updated Likes
Can the Community Microscope analyze ocean microplastics? @jiteovien 8 months ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren about 1 year ago
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren over 1 year ago
Is it possible to accurately size inhalable and respirable particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 1 year ago
Is it possible to discern jagged from rounded particles using a DIY microscope? @gretchengehrke over 1 year ago
Are there any methods to distinguish where particulate matter in the air comes from? @stevie almost 2 years ago

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Prototyping

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

Title Author Updated Likes
Integrating User instructions into the Community Microscope build materials @jiteovien 6 months ago
Microscope calibration overlays… What’s the best approach? @MaggPi 8 months ago
USB Webcam vs Raspberry Pi V2 Field of View (FOV) comparison / Community microscope initial evaluation #2 @MaggPi 10 months ago
Community Microscope Initial Evaluation @MaggPi 10 months ago


Media

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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:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sNET-Ifnu95n1X6SoYAAWH0B-9l5Md8bgH-2Dg4b7eQ/edit#slide=id.g37c06b9e15_2_15

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: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gyznzckh53u0255/AAAY5iuo3LyWFUmELugGQNR0a?dl=0

Some Google Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d1RxsTY8R5kF6d1J9