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.
- AZIZ! Light! Posted on: March 30, 2013
In an earlier post back at the beginning of this month, I described the beginnings of my DIY microscope illuminator project, dubbed Project AZIZ. At that point I had just sent the PCB off to OSHPark for fabrication. I’m happy to report that in the weeks since, I not only received the boards back, but ...read more
- More Microscope Hacking: Camera Output! Posted on: March 10, 2013
Apparently hacking around with my microscope has turned into something of an obsession. The other day, I wondered if I could easily add a camera output to my microscope. I had a tiny composite video security camera lying around in my parts bin, and somewhat by accident also had a collection of C-mount lenses that ...read more
- Project Aziz Posted on: March 3, 2013
My recent acquisition of a stereo microscope for the electronics lab has brought about a couple of side-projects. One of them is the custom boom stand that I built a couple of weeks ago. Another is this custom LED ring light, which I’ve dubbed Project Aziz (named after the poor kid holding the mirror from ...read more
- Epic Builds: Articulated Stereo Microscope Arm Posted on: February 19, 2013
I’ve wanted a stereo microscope in my home lab for ages. In the last couple of years, it’s become an increasingly urgent need as I’ve hit the age where my eyesight is beginning to change. Soldering and inspecting fine-pitch SMD work is becoming difficult without the aid of magnification. So, I finally picked up a ...read more