Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Motic Panthera Microscopes

Microscope World is proud to carry the new line of Motic Panthera microscopes. Panthera is Motic's new upright microscope line. There are several Panthera microscopes available.

Motic Panthera S school microscope with fixed koehler illumination can run off a battery pack if needed.Panthera S School Microscopes

The Panthera S is a school model. This microscope has Plan SC Achromat objective lenses and an extremely efficient low power illumination that allows the microscope to run on a mobile battery pack for several hours. The Panthera S is a fixed Koehler LED microscope for the educational market and is available in both binocular and trinocular.




Motic Panthera U Microscope with LightTracer illumination feature.

Panthera U University Microscopes

The Panthera U microscopes were created for University use. The Motic Panthera U microscopes have Plan UC Achromat higher quality objective lenses than the Panthera S. The microscope has fixed Koehler 3W LED illumination, and a larger stage than the Panthera S model. The microscope features Motic LightTracer, a digital illumination control. The microscope has a digital intensity knob with coded LED nosepiece that controls the illuminator to offer information on the current light intensity of each objective. Once the microscope is calibrated for each objective lens, the user does not need to adjust the illumination intensity when changing the microscope magnification. The Panthera U is available in binocular or trinocular.

Motic Panthera C Classic Microscopes

Panthera C Classic Microscopes

The Moitc Panthera C microscopes were created for the traditional microscope user. This is a classic all-around microscope that provides both Halogen and LED full Koehler illumination with manual light management. The Panthera C has Plan UC Achromat objective lenses and this microscope includes an integrated USB camera power port (it does not include a camera) and an LED light intensity illumination indicator in the nosepiece. The Panthera C classic microscopes are available in binocular or trinocular.
Motic Panthera L Life Sciences Digital Microscope

Panthera L Life Sciences Digital Microscopes

The Panthera L Life Sciences digital microscopes have built-in digital capabilities. This microscope has Plan UC Achromat objective lenses and Halogen and LED full Koehler illumination. Motic LightTracer provides a digital intensity knob with coded LED nosepiece that controls the illuminator to offer information on the current light intensity of each objective. Once the microscope is calibrated for each objective lens, the user does not need to adjust the illumination intensity when changing the microscope magnification. Digital connection by HDMI, USB, WiFi or RJ-45 allows direct image projection to a monitor or the use of the Panthera App on a mobile device. The Panthera L microscope is available in only one binocular model with a built-in camera.

Motic Panthera HD Digital Microscope

Panthera HD Digital Microscope

The Motic Panthera HD Digital microscope has all the same features as the Panthera L, but it is meant to only be used as a digital microscope. The Panthera HD does not have any eyetubes or eyepieces.



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Friday, May 5, 2017

Tips for Cleaning Microscope Optics

There are several things to watch out for when cleaning microscope optics. Follow some of these tips when cleaning your microscope lenses to ensure you do not scratch or damage them.

    Tips for cleaning microscope lenses.
  • When cleaning a microscope eyepiece, start out by using a dust blower to remove dust particles.
  • Never wipe lenses with dry tissue as it can scratch the lenses.
  • Do not use any solvents before trying distilled water. A thin film of distilled water can always be created by breathing on the surface of the lens.
  • Do not use abrasive materials such as a dry linen cloth to clean microscope lenses as they may scratch the surface.
  • Older microscopes should not be cleaned using ethanol, diethyl ether or acetone.
  • Use Clean Tip swabs rather than Q-Tips for cleaning.
  • Refrain from using optical spray cans containing pressurized liquid air to clean lenses. These can leave a residue that is difficult to remove.
  • Do not use acids or ammonia to clean microscope objective lenses.
  • Do not try to clean internal optical surfaces, cameras or adapter optics. Contact a microscope service technician if you need to clean these items.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pap Smear Under the Microscope

A Pap smear is a screening procedure used to test for cervical cancer. The test looks for precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix. The Pap smear was named after Georgios Papanikolaou, the doctor who determined that the test was a helpful way to detect cervical cancer.

This is a slide from a Pap smear that was captured under the U2D digital lab microscope at 400x magnification.

Microscopy image of a pap smear captured at 400x under the U2D microscope.
Pap smear captured under the U2D Digital Lab Microscope at 400x.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sickle Cell Anemia under the Microscope

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited form of anemia. It is a condition in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body.

Normally, red blood cells are flexible and round, moving easily through blood vessels. When a person has sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells become rigid and sticky and are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. These irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.

Microscopy image of sickle cell anemia at 40x magnification.
Sickle Cell Anemia under the microscope at 40x.

Symptoms of sickle cell anemia include fatigue, episodes of pain (when blood cells are being blocked), swelling of hands and feet, delayed growth, and vision problems.

Microscope World image of sickle cell anemia under the microscope at 100x.
Sickle Cell Anemia under the microscope at 100x.

There is no cure for most people with sickle cell anemia. Bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant is the only potential treatment, but it is only used in children under age 16 because of the increased risk for older patients. Treatment for sickle cell anemia is usually aimed at avoiding crises, relieving symptoms and preventing complications.

These images are of sickle cell anemia cells that were captured under a lab microscope using a 5 megapixel microscopy camera.

Microscope World image of sickle cell anemia captured at 400x.
Sickle Cell Anemia under the microscope at 400x.

Learn more about sickle cell anemia here.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

High School Binocular Microscope

The Richter Optica HS-2B is a versatile high school compound microscope. A few features make this microscope one of the most popular microscopes across high schools in the United States.
  • Binocular eyetubes are adjustable from 55-75mm with WF10x eyepieces.
  • 40x, 100x, 400x, 100x magnification.
  • Retractable 40x and 100x (oil) objective lenses avoid damage if moved into contact with the stage.
  • Frame provides easy carrying handle.
  • Cord is attached and not removable - no lost cables in classrooms or at home!
  • LED light is cool and provides long-lasting bulb.
  • Mechanical stage is attached and locked on.
  • Coarse and fine focusing allows for a crisp and clear image.
  • 100~240V allows for use in all countries.
  • Microscope is also available in pared down 400x magnification model, HS-2B-3
  • The HS-2D is a digital version of this microscope.
  • The HS-2-WiFi is a WiFi wireless version of the microscope where you can connect up to six tablets or smart phones.
Richter Optica HS-2B high school compound binocular microscope provides 1000x magnification.
Richter Optica HS-2B High School Binocular Compound Microscope

Richter Optica HS-2B binocular compound microscope.
Richter Optica HS-2B High School Binocular Compound Microscope

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Mouse Intestine under the Microscope

The images below of a mouse intestine were captured using a Lumenera Infinity 3-1 microscope camera. This is a cooled, CCD camera that is great for low-light situations or where a high dynamic range is required. This 1.4 megapixel camera is ideal for the following applications:
  • Fluorescent Microscopy
  • Green Fluorescent Protein Applications
  • Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization
  • DNA Analysis
  • Live Cell Imaging
  • Brightfield, Darkfield, DIC/Phase Contrast
  • Near IR Applications
  • Histology, Pathology and Cytology
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Semiconductor Inspection
  • Metallurgical Microscopy 
Mouse intestine under the microscope captured with Lumenera Infinity 3-1 CCD camera.
Mouse intestine captured with the Monochrome Infinity 3-1 microscopy camera.

Mouse intestine captured with the Color Infinity 3-1 microscopy camera.
Mouse intestine captured with the Color Infinity 3-1 microscopy camera.

Infinity 3-1 microscopy camera image of mouse intestine under the microscope using fluorescence.
Mouse intestine captured with the Color Infinity 3-1 microscopy camera.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Hair Under the Microscope

Harald K. Andersen of Steinberg, Norway captured these images of hair under the microscope. The first image is of a single strand of hair captured through the microscope at 20x magnification. The hair was dyed for the project.

Hair captured under the microscope.
(C) Harald K. Andersen. Single strand of hair under the microscope.

In order to capture the next image Andersen stacked together 480 images using a software called Zerene Stacker.

Hair captured under the microscope.
(C) Harald K. Andersen. 480 stacked images of a single strand of hair under the microscope.

Andersen mentioned that the hardest part of the project was tying the knot in the hair! A big thanks for sharing the images with Microscope World!