How to light up your StereoNinja stereo microscope

A project log for Stereo Ninja

A DIY digital stereo-microscope. Low cost. Open source software and hardware. For electronics inspection, soldering work and more.

Uli KöhlerUli Köhler 06/17/2021 at 23:260 Comments

f you've followed StereoNinja's previous logs, you'have seen that we have used a lighting setup based on a single IKEA Jansjö light.

While this might seem like a primitive and cheap solution, consider its benefits:

Look at how nicely this PCB is lit by the Jansjö light:

You can see the slight shadows, which add a little bit to the 3D effect. In general, our tips on how to light your board for StereoPi are:

This is how too long shadows look on a PCB: They will typically not add to the 3D effect too much, they will just hide things from your view.

Or look at this image of our StereoPi where the middle part is lit just fine, but the shadows from the camera cable obstruct a lot of components behind them.

As a final note: We are working on an easy-to-do modification of the Jansjö lights so you'll be able to mount them directly on our StereoPi stand - in other words: In the future you won't need any more desk space to mount your lights :-)