Nikon Instruments has launched the Eclipse Ni-U, a manual upright microscope that is designed to meet the needs of all advanced bioscience and clinical research.
According to Nikon, the Eclipse Ni-U's motorisation capability and multi-mode operation provides access to all the major imaging techniques and observation methods.
The company's proprietary stratum structure has now been incorporated into this upright microscope, enabling optical paths in two tiers, providing complete flexibility with efficient system configurations and custom combinations according to application.
There is a choice of stackable turrets available for epi-fluorescence - manual, intelligent and motorised.
The Ni-U offers high-intensity 100W illumination with built-in fly-eye optics for even illumination.
Further optical performance is ensured through Nikon's CFI Plan Apochromat Lambda series objectives.
Transmission and chromatic aberration correction have been improved throughout the wide range of visible to near-IR wavelengths (950Nm), allowing use of various fluorescent reagents.
These are claimed to provide bright, high-contrast, high S/N (signal-to-noise) ratio, multi-colour fluorescence images with almost no focus shift when used with any wavelength.
Four new nosepieces include an intelligent sextuple DIC nosepiece option.
An improved ergonomic and space-saving design provides one-touch control buttons on the side of the microscope for ease of access and comfort, with a remote control option and image-capture button.
A rotating ball-bearing dry-film surface ensures smooth operation.
Full image control is via the new DS- L3 camera unit and there is an auxiliary camera support stand for larger EMCCD cameras.
Two different arm options are available - manual for non-motorised and a contact arm for the motorised.
Other features include a nosepiece spacer to match personal posture, an LED pointer for the teaching head and a wear-and-scratch-resistant ceramic and dry-film surface stages.