Microscope Camera Output (2013)

This project was featured on Hackaday on March 12, 2013.


A handy feature that some microscopes offer is a camera output.  This allows easy sharing of the work under view with a monitor, recording video footage of a process, or taking magnified still photographs of items.  I wanted to add this capability to my lab microscope without spending a lot of money.

I built this project on a weekend morning, out of parts that I happened had on hand.  It’s based on a small NTSC security camera with a cheap replacement lens, and some basic lathe work.  The particular combination of camera optics and focusing tube result in a minimally vignetted image at TV resolutions.

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