Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Microscope Images from the Jenoptik Gryphax Arktur Camera

Jenoptik Gryphax Arktur microscope camera with 8 megapixels.
The Jenoptik Gryphax Arktur camera is a USB3.0 camera that uses a back illuminated sensor. This sensor allows light to be easily absorbed into the active layer of the senor and gives it a higher quantum efficiency. The Jenoptik Arktur 8 megapixel camera is a color microscopy camera created for research applications.

The image below is ginko that was captured using a 10x objective lens under a lab microscope with the Arktur camera. The image at the bottom of the page is the cross section of a pine needle with a 20x objective lens.

Ginko captured under the microscope using the Jenoptik Arktur 8 megapixel microscope camera.
Ginko captured at 100x with the Jenoptik Gryphax Arktur microscope camera.

Cross section of a pine needle captured at 200x using the Jenoptik Arktur 8 megapixel microscope camera.
Pine cross section captured at 200x using the Jenoptik Gryphax Arktur microscope camera.

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.