Use (abuse?) of stage

I have taken a lot of pictures with my foldscope attached to my phone camera. I am finding that the stage is starting to develop a wave shape that makes focusing a little harder to do. I  have not tried yet to use it without the magnet attachment for the phone to see if the curves go away. I am saddened that my foldscope may have a limited life expectancy. I know that I can get help for wanting to use it so much, but I just don’t want to.

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  1. Manu Prakash says:

    This has a simple solution. Take apart the foldscope; and just have all the parts flat inside a book and leave it under load for a couple of hours and build the whole thing again (it takes 5 minutes); you will see all the curves will go away.

    I have had three microscopes for almost one year now; and nothing changes. So you can keep using. You can also sometimes bend the focusing mechanism a little bit to also re-fix the curves; but nothing should change.

    cheers
    manu

  2. dmeunier says:

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!

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