Diple is a kickstarter for an easy to use, compact, and portable kit transforms any smartphone and tablet into a POWERFUL microscope. Whether you use it for research, education, or just for fun, from the observation of microorganisms or cells to mineralogy and materials science, with DIPLE anyone can access the microworld in detail. It has a magnification of 35X to 1000X and costs about $124.
DIPLEis capable of giving you 1000x magnification using your smartphone or tablet as a monitor. Set up takes seconds – all you need to do is place your camera on the optical system. You can even take pictures and videos in HD.
Smartphones and Telescopes
There are various telescopes in the $100-700 price range. The smartphone mounts are about $15-25. The telescopes have about 65X to 600X magnification.
Orion StarBlast 6i “IntelliScope” ($480)
Simplest to use
Type: Dobsonian | Aperture: 6 inches (152mm) | Magnification: 21-300x | Weight: 24 lbs.
Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope ($650)
Most bang for your buck.
Type: Dobsonian | Aperture: 8 in. | Magnification: 48-120x | Weight: 42 lbs.
Celestron SkyProdigy 130 ($700)
Fully automatic computerized telescope
Type: Reflector | Aperture: 130mm | Magnification: 19-307x | Weight: 18 lbs.
Celestron Advanced VX 8″ SCT XLT ($1789)
Superior optics and tracking
Type: Schmidt-Cassegrain | Aperture: 8 in. | Magnification: 29-480x | Weight: 82 lbs.
There are also optical lens systems for telescoping magnification that attach to your smartphone. Those typically have a magnification of 12X to 100X and some even 600X. Hauwei and Samsung have some phones with optical zoom up to about 50X.