Microscopy

 

      We are very excited to announce the arrival of our new VHX7000 Keyence microscope!

This incredible piece of imaging technology allows for analysis at x20-x2500 magnification, as well as for the creation of publication quality images. Through the use of advanced lighting and image stitching on both the x, y and z axis, the Keyence can form 3D images, create optical SEM (shadow enchanced mode), and coloured mapped images for both transmitted and reflected light. The program can also be taught to auto-count and measure objects. We’re still checking out everything this microscope can allow us to achieve, but so far the results are pretty spectacular.

 

The Leica MS5 stereomicroscope offers five-step magnification with discrete objective lenses (0.63-4.0x magnification) and a wide field of view. This microscope forms the basis for macrobotanical identifications in the lab.

 

The Leica EZ4HD stereomicroscope has 7 LEDs which provide transmitted, incident and oblique light for high quality illumination and contrast of any application. The integrated high definition digital camera offers a live imaging capability on a computer screen or HD Display. It captures 3 Mpixel color images directly onto SD card or Windows or Mac computer. The imaging software allows for easy fine tuning, capture, and archiving of images,  along with annotation and measurements. Magnification ranges from x8-35.

 

Fully refurbished Leica DMRB fluorescence microscope. Equipped for transmission light (bright-field) and 3 channel epi-fluorescence (“blue”, “green” and “red”) wide-field microscopy. Lenses for low to high magnifications (x10, x20, x40, x100 oil immersion), with polarising filter. Come equiped with attachment point for detector/camera for digital imaging. Suitable for microbotanicala analysis (phytoliths, starch and pollen).

 

The lab has four refurbished Leica ATC 2000 microscopes. These teaching ‘scopes have magnification from x4-x100(oil), and are suitable for learning pollen, starch and phytolith identifications on.