Spectronic Analytical Instruments has announced that following an open day held at Durham University, it has made a significant sale of laboratory instruments.
Prof Keith Dobney (archaeology) bought a Leica MZ16A with IC3D and stereo Explorer software for examining fossils of animals and bones along with other archaeological artefacts.
The microscope and its software allow him to perform a number of tasks - to take 3D topographical images and perform accurate measurements of profiles along polylines; to take absolute or relative measurement of elevation profile properties; to extract profile parameters such as roughness and undulation; to select and modify the reference plane and to create high-quality digital elevation models.
Dr Charlotte O'Brian from archaeology and archaeological services in Durham, purchased two Leica DM2500M BF/DF compound microscopes and an MZ6.
Spectronic took its instruments to open days at Manchester, Liverpool (John Moores), Edinburgh, Northumbria, Central Lancashire, Strathclyde and Leeds universities in the latter months of 2008 and the first half of 2009, and has plans to return to Leeds and stage further exhibitions in Newcastle, Teesside and Huddersfield universities in October and November 2009.
A range of Spectronic's laboratory instruments can be seen in a working laboratory environment in the chemistry departments of these universities.