The SkyLight connects any smartphone to just about any microscope! Make your smartphone a microscope now
The SkyLight is a sleek, minimalist adapter that connects smartphones to microscopes. The smartphone camera can then capture photos and videos for uploading, e-mailing, and sharing on the web and social media sites, as well as real-time viewing on the smartphone screen or via video-conferencing software. The SkyLight is the first of its kind, as there is no other available device that attaches any smartphone to any microscope. The SkyLight’s universal compatibility allows previously owned technology (microscopes) to be upgraded to the digital age with the use of a widely available technology (smartphones) – good for global health, science classes, and anyone else!.Make your smartphone a microscope now
HOW IT WORKS
The SkyLight holds the smartphone camera steady over the eyepiece of a microscope precisely where the image from the microscope is formed. Basically, it’s like taking a cellphone picture through the microscope eyepiece. The SkyLight has been designed to be very intuitive to use – you can simply slide any smartphone into position and lock it in place.
Step by step instructions:
1. Use one or more rubber inserts to size the SkyLight to the microscope eyepiece and tighten the thumbscrew so that the SkyLight fits snugly over the eyepiece of the microscope.
2. Place a smartphone on the stage between the two clips.
3. Slide the smartphone up and down and left to right until the image from the microscope is centered over the smartphone camera.
4. Slide the Skylight along the eyepiece to get a crisp image and tighten the thumbscrew to lock it in place.
- Fine focus is done by the smartphone’s autofocus
- Switch focal planes with a touch of your finger (some smartphones allow you to click on the part of the image you want to be in focus)
- Will fit any microscope eyepiece with outside diameter between 1.00” to 1.75”.
The SkyLight is made from lightweight plastics so the entire device weighs only 4.9 ounces (less than an iPhone!). The stage that holds the smartphone is made of a rigid, translucent plastic (polycarbonate). The base and clips are made of a durable plastic (polypropylene) that can withstand flexing over and over again.