I´ve seen on amazon, that there is a tiny smartphone microscope lens for 10 Euros (about 12 Dollars). I thought if it worked, then I could make videos while being out with my son in the nature. Therefore, I bought it. Now I can say, this tool is an ideal gadget for people, who have an interest for flowers or insects.
Easy to use
The lens is very easy to use. You can stick it on your phone, no attachment needed. When you take it down again, no glue remains on the phone. What I can´t say today is, how often this will work. Maybe, there will come the day, when the glue won´t hold the lens anymore. But I´ve used it really often meanwhile and it´s still working good.
I´ve bought my lens on German Amazon, and the seller says, that it magnifies with 200X. But I can surely say, that this is not true. I´m pretty sure, that it is somewhere between 40-60X. It depends on the magnification of your smartphone. Because one has to use the digital focus to get out the maximum performance of the lens.
Here you can see, what pictures I could made on the highest enlargement factor.Not enough for pictures on a cellular lever. It is just enough, to see a living ant eating from a drop of honey.
Finally I can say…
I´m glad, that I´ve bought it. 10 Euros is an amount, that doesn´t hurt me and what I got, is a small, portable microscope, which allows me to make films of living insects and other tiny objects.
The microscope got it´s name from a German scientist, from Bamberg: Johannes “Giovanni” Faber. Faber grew up in Germany, but after he studied medicine in Wuerzburg, he moved to the Vatican state.
He was a friend of Galilelo Galilei, who was one of the first persons in the world, who built and improved the technology of microscopes and telescopes. Galilei named his tool “occhiolino” = little eye. But Faber changed it in 1625 to “microscope”, to emphasize the “relationship” with the “telescope”. It was meant as an act of respect for his friend.
Please watch our new video on youtube. It was casted with a simple smartphone lens. The video shows an ant, which is eating from a drop of honey.
The parts of the ant´s body are very clearly to see. Even the movement of the jawbone, while he soaks up the honey.
During eating, the ant is hitting the floor with his rump. This is a way of communication between them. He probably tries to inform the rest of the colony, that he found a rich food source.
Another way is to leave a scent mark. This leads other ants in his direction and they would begin to leave additional scent marks. Thus, they establish a route, on which the traffic will increase steadily.
The Stanford university together witch several other research institutes, has invented a new microscope, which helps surgeons to identify cancer cells during an operation.
The new microscope´s functioning is based on confocal microscopy technology. It can generate pictures on a cellular level and thereby help to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells. This is important for surgeons, as they try to remove only as much tissue as necessary. Otherwise, they have to remove all the cancer cells to stop the disease. This new gadget will be helpful to ensure a complete but also a safer removal of a tumor.
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