Zeiss Axio Observer Z.1
Polychromatic Mercury Arc Lamp: HBO120
Image from Carl Zeiss Microscopy Online Campus
The microscope has six filter positions, usually occupied by the following sets (typical fluors given):
Unlike the confocal microscopes, the epifluorescent uses an arc lamp to illuminate samples. This polychromatic light source is tuned by filters and dichroic mirrors providing good flexibility for different imaging setups.
This microscope has environmental and oxygen control as well as a micromanipulator. This allows cells to be microinjected with peptides, DNA, dyes or antibodies, and followed real-time using brightfield or fluorescence imaging.
The combined speed and sensitivity of the Andor iXon Ultra 897 camera, makes this system ideal for High Speed, High Sensitivity applications. One such application is fluctuation-based super-resolution imaging (SOFI).
By taking fast consecutive images, the pixels can be correlated in space and time, providing an improved resolution, below the Abbe diffraction limit.
This piece of equipment was funded by MRC grant number MR/K015931/1. Please cite this grant code when publishing work conducted using this hardware.