Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lily Pollen under Microscope

This is an image of lily pollen captured under a biological microscope at 150x magnification. The images were captured by Harald K. Andersen in Steinberg, Norway. He captured 140 images in 2μm increments (manually) and then stacked the images together to create this beautiful 3D image.

Biology microscope image of lily pollen captured at 150x.
Lily pollen under the microscope courtesy of Harald K Andersen

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fluorescence Microscopy Image from Infinity 3S-1UR Camera

Lumenera Infinity 3S-1UR microscopy camera ultra-sensitive 1.4mp USB3 camera with CCD sensor.
The Lumenera Infinity 3S-1UR microscopy camera is an ultra-sensitive camera that was designed to perform exceptionally in low-light conditions, which makes it perfect for fluorescence and NIR imaging applications. The high-speed USB 3.0 interface provides full resolution images a 60 frames per second.

The image below is a fluorescence image of a BPAE sample that was captured using the 40x objective lens and the Infinity 3S-1UR microscopy camera.

Microscopy image of BPAE captured using a 40x objective on a fluorescence microscope equipped with the Lumenera Infinity 3S-1UR camera.
Fluorescence microscope image of BPAE sample captured at 400x using Infinity 3S-1UR microscope camera.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

University Microscope Lab

Microscope World recently helped Cal State University Northridge outfit their biology lab with new microscopes.

The lab was outfitted with Richter Optica S6 stereo zoom microscopes with WiFi wireless cameras.

Richter Optica S6 stereo microscopes in the lab at Cal State University Northridge.
Cal State Northridge Lab with S6 Dissecting Microscopes

WiFi wireless microscopy camera on Richter Optica S6 stereo zoom microscope.
WiFi camera on Richter Optica S6 Stereo Microscope

The dissection microscopes were used to project images of C. Elegans on the tablet from the WiFi camera.

Stereo zoom microscope with WiFi camera viewing C. Elegans.
S6 Stereo Zoom Microscope with WiFi camera viewing C. Elegans

C Elegans under a stereo zoom microscope using a WiFi Camera.
Lab microscope setup with Moticam WiFi microscopy camera.

For questions regarding this lab microscope setup or custom lab solutions contact Microscope World.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Benefits of Monochrome Microscopy Cameras

Why would you ever want to use a microscopy camera without color? Monochrome microscopy cameras are sometimes overlooked. There are several benefits to a monochrome microscopy camera over a color microscopy camera:
  • Sharper images with better resolution.
  • Output smaller file size.
  • More sensitive to light.
The primary difference between a monochrome and color image sensor is the lack of a color filter array (CFA). Microscopy cameras that are equipped with color filter arrays must interpolate the color data filtered out by the optical filter using a complex demosaicing algorithm. Because the data is interpolated and not measured, a margin of error is introduced. By removing the CFA, the added error is eliminated, resulting in a sharper image with a monochrome camera, and higher effective resolution since each pixel of the monochrome sensor contains a measured value that has not been influenced by its neighbor's value. The images below demonstrate this effect.

Enlargement of a raw RGB image of a color chart.
The image above shows an enlargement of a raw RGB image from a color chart. The color channels are displayed as seen by the image sensor with Bayer pattern, without demosaicing. Notice the pixels in the enlarged image at right.

Enlargement of a raw monochrome image capturing the same color chart.
The image above shows an enlargement of a raw monochrome image capturing the same color chart. Gray levels are consistent for each area with no Bayer pattern, and no demosaicing required. Notice the pixels in the enlarged image at right are much more clear.

For a more in-depth look at monochrome versus color microscopy cameras, including more details and applications where monochrome microscopy cameras are preferred, view this page on Monochrome Microscopy Cameras.

Source: info & images courtesy of Lumenera.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Automotive Manufacturing Microscopes

The automotive manufacturing industry uses microscopes to perform quality control for a variety of small parts including safety checks and looking at surface finish. There are several types of microscopes that are used in the automotive manufacturing industry for different purposes.

Quality Inspection Microscopes: Viewing 0.5mm and greater

Automotive industry inspection miroscope for viewing metal down to 0.5mm.
FZ6 Inspection Microscope
Small parts with a size of 0.5mm or greater that are manufactured in the automotive industry require examination using a stereo inspection microscope. Typically a 4-quadrant LED ring light is used to avoid glare from metallic parts. The FZ6-TS stereo microscope is a high resolution microscope that provides an inspection and quality control solution when viewing small metal parts.

This specific industrial inspection microscope provides high resolution and can provide up to 180x magnification depending on the auxiliary lenses used. Illumination options include dual pipe lights or LED ring lights. Digital options are available for capturing images and viewing a live image. Microscope World can help configured the best magnification system to meet your specific needs.



Quality Inspection Microscopes: Viewing at the μm level

Automotive industry inspection microscope for surface finish: M40 metallurgical microscope.
M40 Metallurgical Microscope
When viewing surface finish of paint or extremely small metal particles, a metallurgical microscope is required. The M40 metallurgical reflected light microscope provides magnification up to 1000x. When using this inspection microscope at 400x particles can be viewed down to 1μm. At 1000x magnification the field of view is 180μm.


Microscopy cameras can be attached to this inspection microscope enabling live images on a monitor or the ability to capture and save images, make measurements with software, and save annotations to images to point out flaws or measurements.


Quality Inspection Microscopes: Reducing Eye Fatigue


Video inspection microscopes are a great way to reduce eye fatigue from hours of looking through a microscope inspecting small parts. These automotive quality inspection microscopes are available with just a lens and camera (as shown at left) or with eyepieces and a camera. The UNI-HD-LCD microscope system provides magnification of 80x or higher depending on the size of monitor used. The HD camera and monitor provide high quality images and a high frame rate so live action under the microscope is captured in real time.


For automotive industry microscopy solutions contact Microscope World.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

June Bug Under the Microscope

The June bug is a genus of beetles in the subfamily Melolonthinae of the family Scarabaeidae.  The June bug got its name because this beetle typically emerges in large numbers in the month of June. June bugs eat plants, leaves, bushes and vegetation.

This June bug was found outside the office at Microscope World. The insect was placed under the Richter Optica S6D-BL digital stereo zoom microscope. Images were captured using the 3mp microscope camera that is included with the digital stereo zoom microscope. The digital microscope includes software that provides extended depth of focus image capture. This simple feature involves capturing multiple images at a range of focal depths and then allowing the software to automatically and quickly compile these images into an extended depth of focus image. There are several options to choose from when performing extended depth of focus including weighted shift, contrast shift and shift, align and rotate. Each of these features are shown in the images below.

June Bug with Ruler
June Bug about 1.5" in Length

June bug wings captured with extended depth of focus digital stereo zoom microscope.
Wings of the June Bug captured using extended depth of focus on the S6D-BL digital stereo microscope.

Microscope World image of insect under the microscope using extended depth of focus microscopy software.
Body of the June Bug captured using extended depth of focus at 6.7x on the S6D-BL digital stereo microscope.

Insect under the microscope using contrast shift extended depth of focus feature at Microscope World.
June Bug captured using Contrast-Shift feature in extended depth of focus on the S6D-BL digital stereo microscope.

Weighted shift extended depth of focus microscopy software feature.
June Bug captured using Weighted-Shift feature in extended depth of focus on the S6D-BL digital stereo microscope.

June Bug captured using Shift-Align-Rotate feature in extended depth of focus software on the Richter Optica S6D-BL digital stereo microscope.
June Bug captured using Shift-Align-Rotate feature in extended depth of focus on the S6D-BL digital stereo microscope.

For more information on extended depth of focus software contact Microscope World.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Polarizing Microscope Images of Food

Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau, 84, is a retired pathologist in Las Vegas who spends hours squeezing fruit through a garlic press so he can photograph them under a polarizing microscope. The polarized light from the microscope results in beautiful art. Dr Belliveau has collected around 11,000 photographs.

Dr. Belliveau's setup includes a polarizing microscope and a Lumenera Infinity X-32 microscopy camera.

Blueberry undera a polarizing microscope using Lumenera Infinity X-32 microscope camera. Photo by Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau.
 Blueberry under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Corn husk with corn silk under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Corn husk with corn silk under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Cucumber skin with Trichomes under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Cucumber skin with Trichomes under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Pear skin under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Pear skin under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Red grape under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Red grape under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Red pepper endocarp under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Red pepper endocarp under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Skin of green olive under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Skin of green olive under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Surface of seed of tomato under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Surface of seed of tomato under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

 Vein of parsley leaf under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau
 Vein of parsley leaf under polarizing microscope, Infinity X-32 camera. PHOTO: Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau

For more information on Dr. Robert Rock Belliveau click here.

For more information on polarizing microscopes or Lumenera microscopy cameras contact Microscope World.