How to make a DIY DSLR mount for your microscope

Feb 15, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to make a DIY DSLR mount for your microscope

Feb 15, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Looking through microscopes was something that always fascinated me as a kid. It attracted me for the same reasons things like timelapse and ultra slow motion do. It let me see things I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to. As I got older, whenever I needed to use a microscope, it was more for practical benefit than curiosity and visual wonder. But the sights they can offer still intrigue a great many people.

We’ve shown some amazing microscope photography and timelapses on here in the past. But, rigs to hook cameras up to microscopes can be expensive. Unless, of course, you make your own. That’s what this video from YouTube channel Hack ‘n Build is all about. How to make your own DSLR mount for use with a trinocular microscope. And all it needs is a cheap set of extension tubes, some PVC pipes, and a couple of optics.

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In the video, PVC pipes and jewellers loupes are combined to make the rig. The extension tube set is then used to create a mount that fits onto your DSLR. It’s a fairly simple build, but there is some experimentation to tweak things just right for your microscope & camera combination. So, there may be some parts you’ll want to watch over a few times, just to get your head around it.

You don’t have to use a DSLR with this, though. You could modify it to suit pretty much anything. All you really need to do to mount it on another system is to get a different set of extension tubes.

If I still had a microscope, this would be definitely be going on the weekend projects list. Unfortunately, I don’t. And I don’t see myself getting one any time soon, either. But, I thought it’d be a cool project to share here for those who wanted to have a go. Sure, there’s commercial adapters out there, but where’s the fun in that?

[via Hackaday]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “How to make a DIY DSLR mount for your microscope”

  1. Steve West Avatar
    Steve West

    Great stuff.

  2. jason bourne Avatar
    jason bourne

    Uh, what if you don’t have a trinocular microscope??

    I only have a binocular ‘scope.