Olympus launches new inverted research microscope systems


Equipment designed for live cell imaging and clinical analysis

Olympus has launched the IX3 series of inverted research microscope systems for live cell imaging and clinical analysis.

The range includes the fully-automated IX83 for high-end research applications; the flexible IX73, which can be configured in manual, semi-motorised or motorised modes; and the IX53 with fluorescent capabilities, which is optimised for the routine examination of tissue samples.

Built using worldwide customer feedback and designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users, the new systems are optimised for live cell imaging. In particular, the IX73 and IX83 are built using a new swappable deck design, which allows optical modules to be easily and rapidly slipped in and out as needed, including magnification changers, filter turrets, a right side port and more. This also allows the systems to grow alongside the evolving demands of life science research projects.

The new frame design of the IX3 range provides a high level of mechanical and thermal stability and includes an ultrasonic motorised stage for quiet, smooth and precise movement. Olympus UIS2 optics deliver sharp, bright image; while the proprietary Olympus fly-eye fluorescence illuminator generates even, vivid illumination across the specimen. This provides a much wider field of view than previously possible, with even illumination that fills the detectors of most cameras, even those with larger chips. IX3 systems are also compatible with the Olympus Real-Time Controller, offering high-precision imaging via microsecond synchronisation for advanced studies using high-speed light sources and triggered cameras.

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The systems integrate seamlessly with the Olympus cellSens imaging software to allow advanced analysis at the click of a button, while the IX83 also offers a touch-panel interface that can be located in the most ergonomic position for each user, providing simple, quick and comfortable operation. With live cell imaging in mind, the IX83 is also compatible with the new Olympus ZDC Z-Drift Compensation system, which automatically ensures every image captured is in perfect focus. In particular, the ZDC can work independently of software control, and combines a one-shot and continuous mode in the same unit, ensuring systems can be easily optimised for a wide range of different applications.