If you’re like me and can’t afford to buy a fancy camera for your scorpion pictures here’s an easy way to turn your regular pocket camera into…well a slightly better camera. You probably won’t get the same kind of quality you would get from a $1,000 camera with a real macro lens but it’s definitely an upgrade.
You will need:
1. Camera with extending lens(most cameras have an extending lens, if yours doesn’t….stop being cheap get yourself a $25 camera)
2. Xacto knife
3. Various bottle caps, for my camera I used a pill bottle cap. Depending on the size of you barrel. You will probably need something smaller like a soda bottle cap, or for bigger like a large pill bottle lid.
4. A lense….any type of magnifying lens, could be a magnifying glass or binocular lense, or microscope lense.
Just to let you guys know this is not my invention I got the instruction from this site but I’m regurgitating it here for you guys as well as an example done my friend Logan Pierce (MiPHISTo). ALL PICTURES ARE PROEPERY OF LOGAN PIERCE AND USED WITH HIS PERMISSION. You can check out the how do this here along with pictures. I’ll post the insturction on here too but if you’re a visual learner you should check out this link.
1.Once you’ve gathered your materials and find a cap that almost fits. A slightly larger cap would work best you can always add some material in between the barrel and the makeshift lens.
2.Using the xacto knife shave out the inside of the bottle cap you’re going to be using so that there is some friction between cap and the camera barrel, just enough for it stick but not tight enough that it’ll disrupt the lense.
3. Once you have the cap fitted for the Camera barrel, you’ll want to cut out a hole for the lense. The quality of the pictures is depended on the quality of the lense. In the examples listed below Logan used the a $10 binoculars he got from a pawn shop.
4. Add the lense to the newly cut hole on the cap, if the hole is to big some hot glue (glue gun) can help you fill in the extra space if there is any.
This is the Miphisto’s Camera + Lens.
Lens on Camera.
Lens on top of camera lens.
Orthochirus spp. Pectines easily able to count them with the new lense
And probably one of the smallest pectines Chaerilus celebensis: (I’m not entire sure how accurate sexing is for this species but its FOUR for female and FIVE for male…amazing they have so few pectines but they are tiny)