Here at AstroCamp we use microscopes to look at micrometeorites, tiny pieces of iron and rock that fall through Earth’s atmosphere and hit the ground from space. But that is not all they are good for. Microscopes allow you to see the world up close, way beyond what your eyes can.  They can give you a perfect view of the tiny building blocks that make up everything. But most people don’t have these awesome tools at home. Not to worry, you can make your own in just a few steps!

All you will need for a DIY Phone Microscope is a phone that has a camera on it, a cheap laser, a bobby pin, and a piece of tape.

The first thing you will need to do it take your laser apart. WARNING: The pieces are small and easy to lose. Keep track of the lens of the laser, this is the only part you will need from it.

Next, use the bobby pin to hold onto the lens for you. Then, center the lens of the laser over the lens of your phone camera and put a piece of tape over it to keep it in place. Voila! You’ve just made your own at home DIY Phone Microscope!
You can use it to look at all tiny things. Try sand, veins of leaves, finger nails and even the cellular structure of red onions. What other things look unbelievable under your DIY Phone Microscope?

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