How aperture affects image quality

When I first heard about Foldscope from a friend in 2016 I became curious. Until my Foldscope arrived in early 2018 I started experimenting with ball lens microscopes myself. Please see a photo of some of my models. When I first used my new Foldscope, I was impressed with the good image quality. I attribute…

Butterfly Wings – A World of Color

I’ve had the chance to observe some interesting organisms and structures with my Foldscope thus far and my new favorite subject is the butterfly wing. Butterflies and moths belong to the order Lepidoptera and all members have scales covering their bodies and wings (in Latin, lepis means scale and ptera means wing). With over 180,000 described species,…

Salt crystals growing and dissolving!

I saw Manu’s recent video showing snowflakes (ice crystals) melting to form water. I thought I’d try something similar with salt crystals, which slowly dissolve and re-form when placed in water containing a high concentration of dissolved salt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bjJVQ5kVRY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwSoW3LIg6E All videos shown at 120x actual speed. I made a super-saturated salt solution by pouring two…

Puzzle of “no mess” sand

Recently, killing some time at the airport – I went into a Brookestone store. The only thing that excites me at the store was the pile of “sand”. Now, firstly – somebody has figured out how to sell sand for $20-30 bucks. That is genius. But once I insisted, the store manager let me play…