It is a microscope. The optics did not change. I did clean them. They were very dirty, and there was bolt missing and a nut rattling around in the tube. It has been upgraded. I would put it at version 0.9.
I took this up because I saw Daryl Goad’s hacking challenge note. I had more thoughts on making it way better, but that will take some time.
I connected a raspberry pi zero (so slow), but it can be hooked up to a tv. I have more software changes to make. It has been been converted from 110v to 5v. The leds should be cooler than the bulb, but I have not checked the original wattage of the bulb,but it has wifi now.
Before, I did not do a very good job of getting tons of original pictures.
Here are the old parts that were stripped out.
New stuff. The LEDs came from something like this, but it is a black body. They are overkill and I have some rgb leds coming but they did not show up in yet.
I reused the lense cover to hold the wax paper (diffuser). I had to model up the grooves /screw posts and 3d print.
With the guts open.
For power I reused an opening in the back. I printed a gromet to encase the usb (printer type connector) I found out that all of my super glue had gone bad, but it will come up if pulled very hard.
I had to design/print the raspberry pi lens mount to fit the eyepiece barrel, but it needs rework. Too loose and no fine adjustments.
The raspberry pi backplate slips over the eyepiece and hangs. It need to have a cover made, and made stiffer.
You can make out the custom red hdmi strain reliefe bracket. It is zipped tied to the post. This should allow easy attachment to different monitors/tv without trashing the connectors on the Pi. The longer ribbon cables I have do not fit the Zero.
After I rework the top mount and get some decent pictures I will post them. I am also need to finish a scripts/program to stitch multiple pictures into a high res version.
The Pi zero is very slow. It is nearly impossible to adjust it and not go crazy with so much lag. Before I release it to kids and stuff at the space. I need to replace the zero with a full fledged pi, or just stream pics and have software on a laptop process things. I might possibly write an android app on a tablet if I can get it talking directly to the Zero for pictures.
Daryl if you are watching I hope you like it.
It was a nice Saturday project, and was fun to take up a challenge.