Dougherty and the World of Science – iPhone Microscope

We’re all about science at the Dougherty family and here is something that is cool if you are a new phone user. It is called an iPhone Microscope. My daughter-in-law I a science teacher and showed me how to make a quick microscope with a few pieces that can be found at Home Depot and quickly put together. at the end of this, you will have a small but effective microscope.

This post will be update when my science teacher reads this and let’s me know what is wrong.

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This is a simple set up for a cheap microscope that you can set up for at home use. All you need is a small wooden base, shown as in white above. Three four inch screws with several nuts and washers to hold onto the base (wood) extending several inches to the first clear plastic (glass) that is fixed in place.

Microscope Light
Microscope Light

A hole is drilled into the base to hold a small potable light that is used to illuminate the item that will be subject to review under the microscope.

Microscope
Microscope

The second piece of clear [plastic (glass) is just about a half an inch above the small plastic (glass) that will hold the sample to be viewed under the microscope.

Microscope
Microscope

The top piece of clear plastic (glass) will be the same size as the base and will be held in place by the last nut.

Microscope Lens
Microscope Lens

A small hold is drilled through the top piece of plastic (glass) and will hold the small lens of a small light of a pen light flash light. (I’ll get confirmation from my science teacher as to the exact lens to get).

Microscope Glass
Microscope Glass

This is your typical piece of plastic (glass) that is commonly used in the lab to hold the item being viewed under a lens in a microscope.

Microscope with Light
Microscope with Light

In order to properly view the item under a microscope, you’ll need a small light to place under the item.

Microscope
Microscope

This is what it will look like when the light is turned on.

Microscope Line Up
Microscope Line Up

A top view of the microscope with the light on and a subject under the lens to view. In this case, the science teacher just tore off a piece of a leaf from the house plant to see what it would look like under the microscope. Pretty cool.

Microscope Viewing
Microscope Viewing

That’s the last picture and you have a small microscope that you can use on the home at a cost under $20.00 if I heard everything right. It’s a cool project

Science is kick ass,

Marty Dougherty

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