If you’ve taken a biology course, chances are you used a dissecting microscope to study whole animals or plants. They magnify things 10 to 100 times and are standard lab tools. They are largely too expensive for home use & too bulky for field study. Ever wondered how to change your phone into a microscope? We offer the “Phone Camera Loupe” as an economical & portable solution.
Cell Phone Camera Loupe
Hand lenses (loupes) magnify in the 5-30 times range and can cost in the $5-30 range. Cell phone cameras can magnify about the same amount but cost a lot more while of course doing a lot more. It turns out you can combine them to achieve almost the same amount of magnification as a dissecting microscope and they’re portable. You probably already own a cell phone so for another $5.00 you can have a field “dissecting microscope”.
Phone Camera Loupe: Plants & Animals
The loupe-camera combo really comes into its own in biological field studies. Familiar objects go from ordinary to extraordinary as you enlarge details such as the compound eyes of insects, their mouthparts, or wings. Flies can be annoying but take a closer look and you’ll be amazed at these magnificent efficient flying machines.
Autumn is here and leaves are starting to fall. We take them for granted as they convert the sun’s energy into food & fuel. Their structure makes them engineering wonders with veins to support & transport nutrients, hairs for sensing, and stomata for gas transfer.
Phone Camera Loupe: Rocks & Minerals
Rocks may be inanimate but they can be as individual as living things. They are multifaceted and to truly appreciate them, you need to get a close-up view. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even find a bit of gold or a fossil.
Fine mesh iron filings look like black powder to the naked eye. A small amount of magnification reveals a completely different character.
23mm 10X Loupe For Better Results
A casual walk through a field of thistles no doubt ended in your having to pluck burrs off your clothes. Take a close-up look at one and you can see the tiny hooks that inspired Velcro. The image below was taken with a 23mm diameter lens 10X loupe that has a better depth of field. We also recommend this better magnifier for flower identification. Counting sepals & petals or telling pistils from stamens can be a challenge to the unaided eye.
Visit our website to see some images we posted from Through The Microscope. We choose things you can find around the house you can explore using this technique. The possibilities are endless[ teabags and coffee grounds, cloth or clothing, tissue paper, pencils, and more.
10X Hand Lens: Promote Your School, Club
Promote your school or your local horticultural society; adding a logo does not have to be expensive. Click on the image below to find out more or call.
See promotional product ideas for more examples.