Olympus Introduces BX63® Motorized Research Microscope with Fully Customizable Workspace, Automated X,Y,Z
Product News Apr 20, 2011
Olympus has introduced the BX63 motorized upright advanced research microscope with fully automated control. The new microscope system offers unprecedented performance and flexibility, enabling users to design their own personalized workspace and workflow for comfort, accuracy and efficiency.
It features a sleek touch-panel control that works like a tablet computer, offering fingertip control of both stage position and focus, along with other automated features and accessories. The BX63 system is designed for use with Olympus UIS2 optics, renowned for their ultra-sharp, brilliant images and long working distances.
The BX63 can be personalized with total flexibility in how each user manages the entire microscopy and imaging process. Users control all observation and image-capture functions with the ultra-easy, programmable touch-screen (the user interface is patent pending). With a quick slide of the finger, they can change the objective, mirror unit and observation method, navigate the specimen’s XY position and adjust focus.
A traditional, detachable remote-control handset also is available and offers easy-to-use buttons for focus, stage position, observation method, objective, mirror and light intensity. The XY stage control can be placed on either side of, or even separated from, the main control unit.
The microscope also can be operated via powerful, easy-to-use cellSens®* software. The BX63 automates stage and focus position, along with condenser position, aperture stop, field stop, polarizer, fluorescence shutter, mirror turret position and light intensity for maximum efficiency and ease of use regardless of configuration.
“The heart of the BX63 is its unique, personalized control concept,” said Olympus product manager Mark Clymer. “It simplifies observation and imaging tasks and delivers outstanding performance so researchers can focus on their science instead of managing their equipment.”
A key new feature of theBX63 is the three-point mounted fixed stage with focusing nosepiece, which creates a stable sample surface that does not suffer from the “stage-sag” of traditional stage-focusing microscopes. The stage utilizes ultrasonic piezotechnology to move the sample silently and precisely. The position of the stage also can be manipulated by hand to speed specimen loading and for gross adjustment of the stage position.
The BX63 is an ideal platform for fluorescence microscopy. Both the motorized and coded fluorescence illuminators feature the unique Olympus fly’s-eye system, which provides homogeneous illumination of the entire field of view, for exceptional fluorescence performance.
In addition, high transmission and minimal auto-fluorescence throughout the optical pathway ensure outstanding fluorescence performance. The eight-position filter turret handles multi-color fluorescence studies with fast, tool-free mirror cube exchange.