Microscope camera adapter

[Ben Krasnow] is capturing some great snapshots using a microscope adapter and some tricks. The camera attachment is just a lens adapter ring with a tube added. Unlike other microscope imaging hacks we’ve seen he used a real microscope but found that the pictures had a bit of light distortion to them. The camera sensor was picking up a glare reflected on the inside of the black tube. By adding a washer and repositioning the apparatus he got over that hurdle. The final part of the puzzle is image processing. By taking several pictures at different focal lengths and compositing them he gets killer photos like the compound eyes of that house fly seen above.


  1. Jess says:

    Every time I look at the preview image I go bum bum BUMMMM when looking at the frames.

  2. Gottabethatguy says:

    Now I do to, thanks.

    Also, very impressive. That picture is amazing.

  3. Wow. I can actually hear that flying saying “hellllpmeeeezzz” lol. Well done.

  4. 48bit says:

    I hate flies I wish the gov would kill them all. Who cares about the natural ecosystem. Take this big stinking bacteria spreading shit pic off.

  5. jh says:

    that is very impressive. I get to work with multi-thousand dollar industrial versions of this. Granted, the one I work with is more automated, but it gets the same job done. Very impressive.

  6. nullc says:

    neat hack for brightfield work..

  7. zool says:

    just put your camera up to the occular lens, it works fine

  8. DrAltaica says:

    THanks HACKaDAY
    I always wanted to know what’s like to be kissed by a fly… :(

  9. M4CGYV3R says:

    Ohai there mr fly!

  10. andrew says:

    Thanks, I have a decent microscope and a decent camera but hadn’t thought of putting the two together.

  11. Metalwolf says:

    Just don’t look at the dot from a 1W blue laser (, or the laser itself) with this.

  12. Gert says:

    Damn that looks great. I’m still smashing the little bugggers.
    I always come close really slow, i usually can poke em or push em. They don’t seem to be able to detect slow moving objects.


  13. soopergooman says:

    I did a similar hack a few years ago but mine entailed the use of a PS3 Eye and a Telescope. I made it to try and find the Lunar Lander on the Moon but ended up with great UFO footage instead.

    I broke down tha PS Eye into just its basic components and made a modified ring to fit to the telescope. Also made a line in imput through one of the 4 dopler arrayed mics.

  14. andrew says:

    I tried the PS3 eye in the barrel of my tri-optical microscope… didn’t work so well, I need to try this hack out and see if I can make a decent web cam interface to the microscope

  15. DeadlyDad says:

    If you install CHDK in a Canon camera, focus bracketing becomes trivial. (It makes my S5 superfantasticawesome!)

  16. xeracy says:

    ok so i wasnt able to get on HaD this weekend and missed this gem. Check out what me and my roommate made with just a camera on a tripod lined up with my microscope. http://www.reddit.com/r/trees/comments/d449n/here_are_the_pics_from_under_the_microscope_i/ the original post linked there has a gif made from these shots. check em out.

  17. gyro_john says:

    @Mike S.,
    You said “By taking several pictures at different focal lengths and compositing them he gets killer photos like the compound eyes of that house fly seen above.”

    I’m fascinated and I know nothing about how to do that. How is it done?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,725 other followers