Equipment: Water Drop MicroscopePurpose: To observe more accurately objects which are so minute that they can’t beseen clearly with the naked eye.Materials:
A flat piece of wood 1” x 4” x 6”A piece of plywood 3” x 4”A piece of wood 1” x 2” x 6”A piece of clear glassOrdinary window glass 2 inches squareA rectangular or round mirrorA piece of wirePlastic cover of pomade which fits mirrorA piece of tin cut from a salmon can 1 inch wide and 2 inches long Thumbtacks
1. Make a round or square hole on the piece of plywood ½ inch square or ½ inch in diameter.2. By means of thumbtacks place the glass squarely over the hole. This will serve as theplatform.3. Prepare the microscope stand as shown in the diagram below.4. Twist a piece of wire and fit the ends on the circumference of the plastic cover containing themirror.5. Make a small hole 1 ½ inches below the platform on the post and place the mirror with wirehandle so that it is directly under the hole of the platform.6. Make a hole in the center of the tin piece with 1 inch finishing nail and smooth the edges witha file. See to it that it is very round.7. Fold the edges of the tin piece as shown in figure 3.
Top View Side ViewReflecting Mirror Eye PieceHow to Use the Microscope:1. Choose a specimen to observe like the leg of a fly or a strand of hair and place it on the glassabove the hole.2. Set the mirror so that the reflected light is directed toward the hole above.3. Place the piece of tin (eye-piece) above the specimen).4. Dip a pencil point into a cup of clear water and place the drop on the hole of tin piece.5. Locate the specimen through the hole with a water drop on. To obtain a clear view, focus onthe object by pressuring the tin piece slightly. Patient focusing may be needed to see the objectclearly. (The water-drop microscope magnifies up to 100 times).Place water drop here