A while back we shared a tip on taking high magnification macro photographs using a cell phone and a lens from an old DVD.
Not only that this microscope provide about X40-X180 magnification, which is pretty cool, but rather than a hand held device it is a full microscopic capabilities.
The first step is to “salvage” a lens from a laser pointer. Since those can be found in a Dollar store, this may be easier than getting a used DVD lens. Turns out this is quite a powerful lens that provides up to X40 magnification.
The lens is than mounted on the back of a smartphone
The basic rig itself is made from 2 small plexiglas plates and a piece of plywood connected with screws.
The bigger plate is mounted on screws so it can move up and down to provide a focusing mechanism. The smaller plate is used as a specimen plate
Here is a video describing the build process, or you can read a textual guide here.
Here are some photos takes with this setup:
Plasmolysis of red onion epithelial cells (175x)
Maple seed pod (80x)
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Thanks for the tip, Jason.