The MicrobeScope Story


The MicrobeScope is a very powerful fixed focus instrument capable of viewing sub 1micron features of individual bacteria and other life forms at the physical limits of optical resolution. It works great in the field, in the lab, or at home yet is simple enough for a child to use. It doesn’t require any supplies like glass slides, and there are no knobs to adjust.

The specimen is placed directly on the inverted lens, and the internal AAA size battery powered light source provides the illumination. The 800x magnification achieved by this simple device is unmatched by other small scopes and the phone mount is a game changer because of the ability to share real time video.

The zoom features on newer iPhones can increase the magnification capability to 2,000x with near diffraction-limited performance, and one of the best things about using a mobile phone to capture video is that audio notes or narration can be easily added. Our favorite feature with the iPhone 5s is the slow motion capture ability. Many microbes move at very high speeds and slow motion capture enables us to see them do some pretty weird things.

Take a look at some videos created with the MicrobeScope here.



The MicrobeScope was a successful Kickstarter project in the Spring of 2014, and the Kickstarter website is a good place to learn more about the scope because there are images, videos, FAQs and comments on that site that do a good job of telling the MicrobeScope story.  Please click here for the link. This link will take you to the Kickstarter site.  To come back to the MicrobeScope site look for the blue link button at the top of the landing page.

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