Interesting cheap DIY 175x digital microscope

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That's so Awesome Thank you for sharing that with us!
Positive vibes brother
 

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I pulled a lens from a dead CDROM drive's laser and did the hair clip + tape method and took this photo of a leaf handheld. Can't wait to try on a more stable platform and with the slightly larger lens from a laser pointer.

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I should add, since it probably makes a difference, I'm using a Moto X (first gen).
 

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Unfortunately the only plant I have flowering is just getting started, no meaningful trichrome development for me to look at, but here's a photo of the flowers I do have. Can't wait to try this out further along in the flowering.

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Thought I'd follow up with some new photos taken with this type of setup, using a few different lenses of varying strengths (CDROM lens, laser pointer lens, lenses scavenged from digital cameras, and some LED lenses. The highest power isn't really best, it's too hard to focus. Mid-range seems best.

Obviously these trichomes are all clear (this plant has like two months left!), but this definitely works! Laser pointers are super cheap on AliExpress, old dead CDROMs may be free!

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Hey just in case you don't know,Trichs won't be on pistils,if you do sorry :farm:
 

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Yeah, I know that! No trichs had appeared yet at that time, so I photographed the pistils instead. The most recent photo is trichomes though.

Not bad magnification for a $0.00 microscope huh? Mine was free since I had a dead CDROM drive already, but even if you had to buy a laser pointer or old CDROM drive, it's gonna be cheaper than buying a digital microscope.
 

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