What if you need to look at something really small but you don’t have a microscope? You can can try taking a close-up picture with a smartphone or camera (use the ‘macro’ setting if it has one) and then magnify the image by zooming in on the picture using a PC or tablet screen.
Alternatively, we’re going to show you how to hack your phone to turn it into a microscope. You don’t need any technical skills or special equipment – just some honey!
Honey Lens Hack
You can buy magnifying lenses which are designed to sit over a phone camera lens, but our video shows you how to use a drop of honey as a temporary magnifying lens. You don’t need much, just these five things:
- Clear plastic packaging (e.g. plastic fruit carton)
- Blu tak (or similar)
- Clear honey (if your honey has gone solid, the video shows you what to do to solve this)
You’ll probably need to experiment a bit with the size of honey drop you use exactly how far from the lens to position it to get the best image. With a little bit of practice you should be able to make a useful temporary magnifying lens.