# Build a microscope that sees at the atomic level?

1. ### siliconhype

33
I am curious about microscopes, I know i could buy an optical one for around $200$500, i am wondering about how hard it would be to build a microscope that sees at the atomic level? I imagine buing one is pricey. Is it within the budget and access of Average Joe to build a microscope that powerful?

2. ### PRodQuanta

354
No. Those microscopes cost hundreds of thousands. Building one wouldn't be much less, assuming you know how to build one (that works).

I am assuming you are talking about an electron microscope or a QTM.

3. ### siliconhype

33
Yeah...

Yeah, hmm, i think a while ago i mightve read an article and downloaded a program to run one of those home made... but the price tag was big even for do it yourself instructions... eitherway, does anyone of any good microscope (optical) suppliers? hopefully near Toronto... or someone that ships to Canada.

4. ### Artman

Here is a dealer that sells parts to build your own or surplus fully assembled units. I don't know if they ship to Canada or not, but they are worth a look.

Surplus Shed

5. ### siliconhype

33
Nice

Looks good, thanks.