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Legoscope

What can be more fun than building a microscope from lego blocks?
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A group of scientists at our University (UCSF, in San Francisco) did just that, and made a webpage with very clear instructions for you to do the same. One of the surprising things you may discover is that a microscope already works pretty well with only two lenses: the objective and the eyepiece. The Legoscope folks even have instructions on how to make a holder for you phone, so that you can take microscope pictures using your phone's camera.


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If you want to build your own Lego microscope, please be aware that you will need to buy several parts (objective, eyepiece, lens holder, etc..) for ~$250. You will also need to 3D print two parts. If you do not have access to a 3D printer yourself, you can use services like Shapeways to print the parts for you.

Have fun!

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