On Wired’s How-to Wiki, they decided to try their hand at building Mike Golembewski’s Scanner Camera project, featured in MAKE Volume 14 and in the Sept 19th episode of Make: Weekend Project (see both below). Charlie Sorrel, author of the piece, did what looks like a nice job with the build, but the results look like something from a questionable episode of Ghost Hunters (if that’s not redundant).
We asked Kip Kay of Weekend Projects for any tips he can offer Charlie:
Here is what I discovered about focusing. You have to really play with the focusing elements and the distance to the object. I got some pretty good results as seen in the video from about 4 feet away. But the results were nothing like what the original author, Mike Golembewski achieved. I think he had an actual lens on his rather than a magnifying glass for the pictures in the article. (He did mention he had built a better one)
Before taping the camera to the scanner, you should tape on a piece of tracing paper over the back which allows you to see the image and get it focused properly.