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Scottish Water based at Heriot Watt Research Park in Edinburgh have invested in another Olympus BX53 fluorescence microscope for the the busy Cryptosporidium Laboratory.

The microscope is equipped with a state of the art CoolLED pE-300-WHITE illumination system, DIC and top of the range Spectral Apochromat objectives. The purchase will help ease the work load on the existing four Olympus microscopes. 
 
http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/business/our-services/scottish-water-scientific/scientific-services/cryptosporidium
Dr Sarah Reece and Dr Aidan O'Donnell, researchers working at the Ashworth Laboratories at the University of Edinburgh recently took delivery of an Olympus BX43 with phase contrast optics and Microtec digital camera along with an Olympus SZ61 stereo microscope to assist with their investigations.

Dr Chuan Kao of the University of Strathclyde Advanced Composites Group based within the the Mechanical Engineering department recently purchased an Olympus BX51 compound microscope from Microscope Systems. This scope compliments the GX51 inverted microscope purchased by the Metallurgy laboratory.

 
 
MIS Testing the Livingston based mechanical and materials testing laboratory recently took delivery of an Olympus BX51M metallurgical microscope from Microscope Systems to enhance their materials testing operations.

Olympus IX83 Olympus Europa Holding GmbH held a press conference during the European Microscopy Congress in Manchester UK to launch its new range of inverted microscopes - the IX3 series, comprising the basic IX53 for cell culture analysis, the IX73 for advanced fluorescence microscopy, and the high-end fully motorized IX83 for advanced research users.

The IX83 allows any user to rapidly and effortlessly obtain expert results, without the need for in-depth microscopy knowledge. This includes reliable long-term time-lapse imaging of living cells, as well as high-end fluorescence applications such as total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy. Every component of the light path, from the illuminator to the optics, is dedicated to imaging of the highest quality with minimal loss of light across a range of brightfield, phase contrast and fluorescent illumination options. This also includes an expanded field of view, increasing the amount of your sample you can reliably capture. With a unique ‘open access’ frame design and touch panel operating system, users can mould the components and controls to best suit their workflow. In this way, the IX83 microscope systems offer a new level of usability and application flexibility for life science research.

Gunnar Shroeder, General Manager, Product Marketing of the Olympus Micro-Imaging Solutions Division team at the launch, welcomed over 20 European editors to the press conference. Wolfgang Hempell, Section Manager, first gave a detailed overview of the features and applications of the IX3 range. Next, Natalie Bischoff, Wolfgang Hempell, Andreas Pfuhl and Volkmar Prill supervised hands-on sessions on the IX3 microscopes. The press conference concluded with service news from Olympus and a Q&A session.
Olympus has introduced two new silicon oil-immersion objectives, the UPLSAPO30xS and UPLSAPO60xS. The new lenses are ideal for live cell experiments, particularly those investigating thick samples or requiring long-term imaging. Users can generate bright images at higher resolution, as silicon oil significantly improves optical performance in comparison to conventional oil- or water-based approaches. This maximises the effectiveness of brightfield, differential interference contrast (DIC), fluorescence, confocal laser scanning and multiphoton studies. In addition, long-term time-lapse experiments can now be more reliably carried out without fear of evaporation or changes in refractive index, as silicon oil has high stability and low volatility. With increased brightness, resolution and reproducibility, the new unique Olympus silicon oil-immersion objectives are ideal for long-term or deep-penetration imaging.

Olympus MicroscopesSilicon oil allows users to capture bright, high resolution images of living samples, even deep into cells and tissues. This can be achieved because the refractive index of silicon oil (n = 1.40) is almost identical to that of living biological samples, at n =1.38, so silicon oil-immersion objectives minimise refractive index mismatch and spherical aberration. The properties of silicon oil also make it ideal for long-term, stable time-lapse studies. Unlike water, silicon oil is stable, viscous and of low volatility, meaning it does not dry out over time as water can. While glycerol has traditionally been used to circumvent some of the problems associated with water-immersion lenses, the properties of glycerol oil can change during the cause of an experiment as it tends to absorb moisture from the surrounding air. Silicon oil does not suffer from this issue, making it the medium of choice for performing reliable, reproducible long-term imaging.

With its 30x magnification and high NA of 1.05 the UPLSAPO30xS delivers highly resolved images of an extensive sample area. The Olympus UPSLAPO60xS provides increased magnification (60x) and NA (1.30), allowing researchers to produce highly detailed live sample images using fluorescence, confocal laser scanning and multiphoton excitation techniques. This objective is also ideal for high resolution 3D imaging applications by offering improved spherical aberration correction and a shorter working distance of 0.3 mm.

Each of the new objectives features a correction collar, making it easy to reduce spherical aberration even further via simple collar adjustments, optimising resolution, contrast and fluorescence performance. By integrating the new UPLSAPO30xS and UPLSAPO60xS lenses into their microscopes, researchers can build a complete system, optimised for clarity, resolution and reproducibility when performing deep-tissue and long-term imaging.
Quick and convenient microscopy with an expanded field of view and increased comfort

Olympus has released the new CX22 microscopes for routine and educational microscopy. Building on the success of the CX21 series of microscopes, the CX22 series feature significant improvements for convenient microscopic observations. Without compromising on image quality, these microscopes provide a bigger field of view and increased flexibility when it comes to altering the height of the eye point. The quick and easy setting of different viewing heights makes this microscope series perfect for use in an educational setting where users are changing frequently. Ergonomically designed and easy to use, these microscopes are also the ideal solution to a wide range of routine microscopy needs.

The new Olympus CX22 microscopes provide a variety of benefits to maximise ease-of-use, and are therefore ideal for teaching laboratories where users alternate regularly and have varying levels of expertise. For example, objectives and specimens can be protected from damage during focusing by a lock in the upper stage and significantly smoother operation is achieved by utilising a wire-driven stage. For even greater piece of mind, the eyepieces, objectives and condenser are all secured to the microscope frame, preventing the accidental loss or damage that could occur to the components if they were loose. In addition, the power cord can be wound around a hanger provided at the rear of each system, facilitating easy transport and storage.

The Olympus CX22 series includes both the CX22 and CX22LED microscopes. The CX22 utilises a halogen lamp, which enables easy intensity adjustment and facilitates the observation of images with faithful colour reproduction. The CX22LED provides a long service life and offers low power consumption and natural colour tones. Both systems have the added benefit of employing objectives, eyepieces and observation tubes which have all undergone anti-fungus treatment, of particular importance when the microscopes are used in hot humid environments. On top of all these benefits, the Olympus CX22 series has also been designed to deliver on-going performance, even in harsh environments and under rigorous use.  As such, the new microscopes provide exceptional performance and usability, whether used for teaching or routine microscopy.
Scottish Water choose Olympus BX53 Scottish Water recently took delivery from Microscope Systems of an Olympus BX53 fluorescence microscope for their cryptosporidium laboratory in Inverness.

The new microscope is equipped with state of the art CoolLED fluorescence excitation and top of the range U-SAPO UIS2 optics.

CoolLED fluorescence excitation negates the need for mercury lamps and provides an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative, with no compromise on fluorescence brightness when using DAPI and FITC. A wide range of LED's wavelengths are available for most applications.
Cardonald College, GlasgowCardonald College Glasgow was keen to purchase a high spec digital fluorescence microscope for their new Healthcare and Life Sciences Suite and following a recommendation from BioReliance (a key biotechnology company based at the West of Scotland Science Park dealing with biological safety testing, cGMP production and electron microscopy) they contacted James Charles at Microscope Systems Limited (MSL).

John Parker, Head of School, Life Sciences at Cardonald said: “The College received excellent service from James from MSS. He spent time outlining and explaining what was on offer and arranged for Patrick Shone from Olympus to do a full demonstration of the spec before purchase. Once the Olympus BX53 microscope system was purchased both James and Patrick came through to Cardonald to help with the set up and staff training. As well as using the Olympus BX53 fluorescence microscope we hope to see it used as a training tool for NHS staff, local bioscience and our education partners in schools, colleges and universities”.

The microscope is equipped with state of the art CoolLED fluorescence and an Olympus UC-30 camera system utilising the renowned cellSens software package from Olympus.

For further information on Life Sciences at Cardonald College Glasgow:

http://www.cardonald.ac.uk/courses/subject/31
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