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iPhone to Microscope mount

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iPhone to Microscope mount by Boogie Feb 19, 2012

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This thing basically holds your iphone in position with the microscope eyepiece. It allows you to turn your iphone into a digital camera/view screen for a binocular type microscope. Great for group viewings or capturing microscopic images with your iphone and microscope. Great tool for classrooms. The mount was designed specifically for the Edmund Scientific binocular type microscope. It slips right over the eye pieces.

If you don't have an iPhone, you can print just the base mount and use rubber bands to hold your phone/camera on.


1) Print the pieces. (PLA worked best for me).
2) Assemble.
3) Attach to a microscope.

Note : The iphone housing was oversized slightly to allow you to align the camera on your iphone properly with the microscope eye piece. Use strips of thin velcro or some other material to create shims that will hold the iphone into place once you get it aligned. It takes a little fussing and holding your mouth just right.

4) Insert your iphone and manipulate the shims until you get a good alignment.

5) Take some pictures and/or share the experience with someone close to you.

If there is enough interest, I might tweak it or create variations.

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This design is SPECIFICALLY for the Edmunds binocular scope and iPhone 1. If you want a custom adapter for your microscope or telescope and phone, try this OpenSCAD version with a slightly different design. : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:231265http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

OpenSCAD smart phone to microscope/telescope adapter
by Boogie

Which iPhone model(s) does this fit as posted?

Could you clarify how you assembled this? Did you use adhesive, screws, . . . ?

I used super glue because I printed it out of PLA.
As a note, the object is scaled in inches (I think). You might need to rescale it for metric for printing.

Hi, this looks really interesting. I've just downloaded them but there's something weird with the scale. For example the eyepiece mount comes through at 5.31x3.0x0.82mm.

Can you post the source files?

All files were scaled to inches. Sorry about that! I rescaled them for mm and reposted the files.

DXF files are also now posted. I don't use SCAD. Maybe someone can take this and make it parametric? That would be great.

Thanks !!

I'll try this today


Oh wow.. Ill be making several of these in the near future. We use microsopes daily and having an easy way to take pictures will be very handy. Im not sure if this will fit ours, but this is a super idea. :) Thanks for sharing.

If it doesn't fit, let me know how to modifiy it so that it does and I'll see what I can do.