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Why do you need a Laser Pointer Lens? To make a very cool microscope! Here are the instructions for a wonderful idea for simply and inexpensively converting your cell phone to a digital microscope...imagine the teaching and learning opportunities! Technology, photography, biology, physics... its all there. But really - who wants to tear apart a perfectly good laser pointer just to extract the laser pointer lens? And really...who has laser pointer lenses just laying around? LASER Classroom, that's who we have hundreds of laser pointer lenses! These high quality, 7mm lenses are perfect for this project (we tried it ourselves). Much easier, more reliable, and less expensive, than tearing apart your trusty laser pointer just for the lens. Find out how make your cell phone a digital microscope at the Laser Classroom Exchange! Be sure to share your photos and videos!
Focal Length f:9
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A lens is a clear object, usually made of glass or plastic, which is used to refract, or bend light. Lenses can concentrate light rays (bring them together) or spread them out. Common examples of lenses include camera lenses, telescope lenses, eyeglasses, and magnifying glasses. Lenses are often double lenses, meaning they have two curved sides. A convex lens is rounded outward, while a concave lens curves inward. (A great way to remember this is that a concave lens creates an indent like a cave!)
The center axis through a lens is called the principal axis. On lenses that concentrate light rays, the point at which the rays meet, the focal point, is located on the principal axis. The distance the focal point is from the surface of a lens is called the focal length of a lens, and is important when determining the magnifying power of devices like magnifying glasses.
Magnifying power is how much larger a given lens can make an image appear. This is a direct relationship between the focal length of the lens and the least distance of distinct vision, or LDDV. The LDDV is the closest your eyes can comfortably look at an object.
Posted by Unknown on 11th Nov 2016
My co-teacher and I used this for our 7th graders to make cell-scopes. It worked great! They were small, but that was expected. The size was perfect.
Posted by Unknown on 7th May 2015
These lenses can be held with a hair clip and taped onto an iPhone to convert it into a microscope. The functionality is excellent, especially considering the price compared to any conventional microscope. I tried out the arrangement with great excitement and was soon photographing 1mm size objects.
Posted by Unknown on 8th Apr 2015
The lenses arrived quickly, and very well protected. The supplier paid the six dollars to mail them. I order 103 - my students are using them for an extra credit phone/microscope project. They are a small diameter, but easy to install into the plexiglass with a little practice - it is extra credit so it should not be a cake walk.
Posted by Bryan on 29th Jan 2015
What is missing is the diameter of these lenses and maybe a description of the best way to identify the top vs. bottom. There is a difference but it took some work to flipping and focus range and image. I correlated to a my results to a view of the side of the lens and I was able to determine the best view for top of lens. I would not suggest these for a cell phone microscope (smartphone to digital microscope conversion) because their diameter is to small. There are lens just about double in size, but they have a Plano-convex design with small inherent circular aberrations.