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SteREO Discovery.V8
SteREO Discovery.V12
SteREO Discovery.V20
Seeing “summa cum laude”
We make it visible.
Curiosity is always the first step
when solving a problem.
Galileo Galilei
This is the origin of all innovations.
At Carl Zeiss innovations are a celebrated tradition.
That’s why we work systematically and consistently
on the development of innovative concepts.
The world of science and industry is changing constantly.
Time and again, this change presents new challenges to
all of us. It requires faster and more efficient development
cycles, innovative and unique products and requires
continuous optimization of processes in businesses and
institutions.
In this Profile, Carl Zeiss proudly presents the SteREO
Discovery family of innovative stereomicroscopes.
This is the sum of decades of experience in the conception,
development and production of optical innovations.
In order to be able to offer you such advanced, forward
thinking solutions, it’s not just calculus that is required –
our enthusiasm and passion are vital.
With precisely these qualities we will support, guide
and assist you from the initial consultation through
to realization - with all of our knowledge and experience.
So that you can rediscover ‘seeing’.
Contents
Microscope Bodies
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Observation Tubes
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Exchangeable Optics
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Stands
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Stages
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Reflected-Light Illumination
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Transmitted-Light Illumination
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Fluorescence Contrast
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Polarization Contrast
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Operation
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Image Documentation
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Image Processing
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System Overview
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Technical Data
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Technology
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Microscope Bodies
See so Much More
The first stereomicroscope to exceed
the 1000 LP/mm resolution limit:
SteREO Discovery.V12
with PlanApo S 2.3x objective..
The pancratic magnification changer of the microscope body forms
the core of a zoom stereomicroscope and, consequently, has a considerable
influence on the optical performance of the entire system.
With the SteREO Discovery, Carl Zeiss has proven all its experience and
competence, and has driven this system of common main objective (CMO)
stereomicroscopes to the limits of what is optically feasible.
The SteREO Discovery.V12 and V20, with their maximum NAs of 0.144,
are among the most powerful stereomicroscopes in the world.
Three different microscope bodies are available:
SteREO Discovery.V8
- apochromatic zoom optics
- manual zoom 1x ... 8x
- maximum NA of 0.116
- engageable click stops
SteREO Discovery.V12
- apochromatic zoom optics
- motorized zoom 0.8x ... 10x
- maximum NA of 0.144
- electronic click stops
- double iris diaphragm
- selectable zoom speeds
- real time display of magnification,
resolution, depth of field and the
object field of the system
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Der Tisch ist in allen
Richtungen kippbar; die austauschbare Haftbelagplatte
eignet sich bestens zum
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Tischdurchmesser: 158 mm
Kippbereich: ± 30°.
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SteREO Discovery.V20
- apochromatic zoom optics
- motorized zoom 0.75x ... 15x
- maximum NA of 0.144
- electronic click stops
- double iris diaphragm
- selectable zoom speeds
- real time display of magnification,
resolution, depth of field and the
object field of the system
Double iris diaphragm to increase
depth of field. Beneficial when
observing and documenting three
dimensional objects.
Observation tubes deliver two unreversed and upright images in stereo
and contribute greatly to the ergonomic quality of the microscope.
For example, with the ergotube it is possible to freely adjust the viewing
angle within a defined range. Intermediate tubes help to optimize the
viewing height of the stereomicroscope.
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Binocular tube S 35°
- viewing angle of 35 degrees, fixed
- adjustable interpupillary distance
55 - 75 mm
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3 Binocular phototube S 20°
- viewing angle of 20 degrees, fixed
- adjustable eyepiece positioning (low
and high) for two viewing heights
- adjustable interpupillary distance
55 - 75 mm
- photo port 100/100, switchable
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Binocular tube S 20°
- viewing angle of 20 degrees, fixed
- adjustable observation positions
(low and high) for two viewing heights
- adjustable interpupillary distance
55 - 75 mm
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Binocular ergo-phototube S 5-45°
- viewing angle of 5 ... 45 degrees, adjustable
- adjustable eyepiece positioning
(low and high) for two viewing heights
55 - 75 mm
- photo port 100/100, switchable
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Observation Tubes
According to the results of an international
study, a viewing height of approx. 500 mm with
a viewing angle of around 20 degrees is best for
avoiding tension and neck pain when using
a microscope.
For simple equipment in
reflected-light, use of the
Intermediate tube S, 40 mm
is recommended to guarantee
an ergonomic viewing height.
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Interchangeable Optics
Center of
Exemplary Performance
Change the objective simply by hand.
The objective locks into place securely.
In the SyCoP (System Control Panel), the
encoded nosepiece ensures the automatic
conversion of all optical parameters,
such as total magnification, object field,
resolution and depth of field.
The objective is the eye of a microscope and is a decisive
factor in determining the quality of the microscopic image.
At Carl Zeiss objectives are a source of pride and a symbol
of quality. For the Stereo Discovery objectives that range
extends from the economical Achromat and powerful
Plan Achromat through to the high end Plan Apochromat
Achromate S
For high contrast imaging of three
dimensional structures
Plan-Achromat S (page 7)
Flat field corrected objectives for the
observation and documentation of
flat objects in particular; especially
suitable for measurement tasks
Plan-Apochromat S (page 7)
Offer an extremely high level of
correction for flatness of field,
resolving power and color fidelity
Objective nosepiece S, 3x cod
The nosepiece can hold up to 3 objectives with
different magnifications. It is recommended that
parfocal objectives are used. This way, the observed
position on the object remains in focus even after
the objective has been changed.
93 mm
Parfocalizing distance 137 mm
Mounting surface of parfocal objectives
253 mm
151 mm
115 mm
Object plane
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69 mm
28 mm
Exchangeable Optics
Large Fields
Always in View
The intermediate image generated by the objective,
zoom optics and tube lens is observed, and also highly magnified,
using the eyepiece.
Eyepieces for people who wear spectacles make it possible to
work safely, both with and without spectacles. Rubber rings
protect the spectacles from being damaged. Eyecups also help.
All eyepieces can be focused and, therefore,
allow individual adjustment for both eyes..
Eyepiece E-PL 10x/20 Br. foc.
(not illustrated)
Economical widefield eyepiece
(accepts reticles d = 26 mm)
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Eyepiece W-PL 10x/23 Br. foc.
Powerful standard eyepiece
with large, flat field of
view (23 mm)
(accepts reticles d = 26 mm)
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For high magnifications with
a large viewing angle of 54°
(accepts reticles d = 21 mm)
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(not illustrated)
For maximum magnifications
(accepts reticles d = 21 mm)
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Reticles for measuring, counting and comparing (d = 26 or 21 mm)
Crossline reticle
Micrometer 10:100
Crossline micrometer 10:100
Crossline micrometer 10:100
Crossline micrometer 14:140
Net micrometer 10 x 10/5; 10
Net micrometer 12.5 x 12.5/5; 10
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Object plane
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Stands
The Backbone
of a Microscope
Powerful modern stereomicroscopes such as the SteREO Discovery.V12 and V20
achieve resolutions of over 1,000 LP/mm. This places significantly greater demands
on the construction of stand systems. Steady, stable and with minimal vibration –
these are the properties of a stand required for precise and rapid focusing across
the entire magnification range of the microscope.
A variety of interfaces makes it possible to add on components effectively for
illumination, contrasting, and for positioning the object under the microscope.
Coarse/fine drive with Profile S column
on Stand base 450 to Profile S
This highly stable stand has a manual coaxial coarse/fine
drive on both sides, and allows precise focusing. The specially
coated, scratch resistant work plate is generously proportioned.
It provides plenty of space and an excellent overview in the
sample space.
Mount S with d = 76 mm support can be used
at two different working heights.
- footprint: 450 x 300 mm
- insert plate: 410 x 250 mm
- round plate: d = 120 mm
- profile S column: h = 490 mm
- focus range: 340 mm
- load capacity: max. 10 kg
- carrier for microscope: d = 76 mm
Stand N with 350 mm column*
The sandwich construction offers
a compromise between stability
and mobility.
For simple equipment:
- footprint: 440 x 370 mm
- round plate: d = 84 mm
- column d = 32 mm / h = 350 mm
- focus range: +/- 25 mm
- load capacity: max. 5 kg
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Horizontal armSDA Boom stand*
Suitable for examining larger objects.
- reach: up to 600 mm
- height of column: 600 mm
- focus range : +/- 25 mm
- load capacity: max 5 kg
* with Stemi mount
with drive for column 32
Reliable, sensitive focusing of complex
equipment up to 10 kg: Coarse/fine drive
with Profile S column.
Stands
Quicker to the Mark
HIP (Human Interface Panel) replaces the
knobs that were previously used for focusing.
Always on display: the current Z position with
a display accuracy of 10 µm.
Speed and reproducibility take their place alongside stability and
precision. The motor focus is as precise and reliable as clockwork.
New wear resistant materials make this possible.
Quick and precise focusing with SyCoP.
A quick push of the joystick switches to the
fine focus mode.
Focus motor with Profile S column
on Stand base 450 to Profile S
Focus manager, specimen protection and
Z measurement are a standard part of
the motor focus.
- footprint: 450 x 300 mm
- insert plate: 410 x 250 mm
- round plate insert: d = 120 mm
- profile S column: h = 490 mm
- focus range: 340 mm
- increment distance: 350 nm
- load capacity: max. 17 kg
- support for microscope: d = 76 mm
The ribbed die cast components of conventional stand
bases suffer significantly greater deformations...
...than the SteREO Discovery’s new Stand
base 450 to Profile S, designed as a milled
component.
The FEM slides show the possible
deformation of the stand's base
plate in the case of assumed
complex microscope equipment
weighing 17 kg.
Scale factor: 500
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Manual Stages
Precise Positioning
that Protects the Specimen
Specimen stages make it easier to move objects smoothly
and evenly during observation. Depending on your
requirements and applications, sliding, rotating, mechanical
and ball-and-socket stages are available. They fit into the
mount of the stand’s insert plate (d = 120 mm).
Gliding stage 110 x 110 S, d = 120 mm
For the sensitive positioning of
even large samples in reflected and
transmitted-light. Equipped with
a glass plate 116 x 116 mm.
- positioning range: 110 x 110 mm
- stand mount: d = 120 mm
Alternative to glass plate:
- mounting frame 116 x 116 / 84 mm
for stage diaphragms - d = 40 mm opening
- d = 25 mm opening
- B/W plastic plate
Mechanical stage 100 x 100 S, d = 120 mm
(not illustrated) For the defined movement of samples
in reflected and transmitted-light. Operation via
horizontally arranged coaxial drive, left or right.
Equipped with a glass plate 116 x 116 mm
- travel range: 100 x 100 mm
- stand mount: d = 120 mm
Alternative to glass plate:
- mounting frame 116 x 116 mm / 84 mm
for stage diaphragms - d = 40 mm opening
- d = 25 mm opening
- B/W plastic plate
- LED illumination mount for transmitted-light
brightfield and polarizer S
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Der Tisch ist in allen
Richtungen kippbar; die austauschbare Haftbelagplatte
eignet sich bestens zum
„Anpicken“ kleiner Objekte.
Tischdurchmesser: 158 mm
Kippbereich: ± 30°.
Rotating Pol stage for transmittedand reflected-light
For the precise rotation of specimens.
- stage diameter = 115 mm
- rotation range: 360° with graduation
- stand mount: d = 84 mm
If required, can be retrofitted with an
object guide:
- adjustment range: 75 x 25 mm
Additional accessories for polarization
in transmitted-light:
- Polarizer S, d = 84 mm
- full wave plate in slider
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Gliding stage
For the positioning and rotating of specimens
in reflected- and transmitted-light.
- stage diameter = 190 mm
- adjustment range: +/- 20 mm
- insert plate: d = 84 mm
- stand mount: d = 84 mm
Ball-and-socket stage
Because the stage can be tilted and rotated
in all directions, three dimensional specimens
can be examined efficiently from all sides.
Preferably for applications in reflected-light.
The exchangeable adhesive soft pad allows
specimens to be affixed.
- stage diameter = 158 mm
- insert plate: d = 84 mm (adhesive soft pad)
- tilt range: +/- 30 degrees
- stand mount: d = 84 mm
Motor Stages
Precisely on the Mark
There is an increasing demand for motorized stages in stereomicroscopy.
They make it possible to scan large samples for documentation or analysis
and to locate details on the specimen with speed, precision and in a
reproducible way. When working with automated imaging techniques in
particular, such as MosaiX or Mark&Find (AxioVision microscope software
modules), these stages are already a prerequisite.
Mechanical stage 75 x 50 mot CAN
(Illustrated without object guide)
Simple to operate – via the electronic coaxial
drive arranged horizontally on the right of the
stage or via PC.
- travel range: 75 x 50 mm
- speed: max. 200 mm/sec
- increment distance: 0.1 µm
- accuracy of reproduction: < 1µm
A selection of mounting frames for specimen
slides, petri dishes and reflected-light samples
are available for different specimens.
Precise location of a sample detail via PC
Stage carrier S, d = 120 mm
This makes it possible to mount motor stages
securely and precisely on the extremely stable
base plate.
- height: 85 mm
- stand mount: d = 120 mm
- LED illumination mount for transmitted
light brightfield and Polarizer S
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Cold-Light Illuminators for Reflected-Light
Proven Classics
Cold-light illuminators have a long track record in stereomicroscopy. They illuminate the specimen with high intensity,
and yet protect it from becoming too warm. Depending on
the amount of light required, different cold-light sources are
available with an extensive range of fiber optic components.
Single arm spot illuminator –
Variable oblique illumination with deliberate
shadow cast effect
- one branch flexible or self supporting light
guides with focusing attachment
- light guides with variable active
diameter:
- d = 4,5 mm (fig. left)
- d = 8 mm (fig. above)
- d = 15 mm (fig. right)
for large object fields
Dual arm spot illuminator –
Variable oblique illumination for the reduction
of disruptive deep shadows
- flexible or self supporting light guides with
active diameter:
d = 4.5 mm or d = 5.6 mm
- focusing attachments
Line light S, l = 50 mm
Converts the round cross section of the light
guide into a narrow fiber optic slit. This produces an extremely flat angle of illumination
– the light spreads flatly over the specimen.
The shadow cast effect makes even very
small surface structures visible. Also suitable
for high magnification objectives with smaller
working distances.
Slit ring illuminator for
reflected-light brightfield –
Ideal for the shadow free and homogeneous
illumination of objects with large surface areas.
- with flexible light guides
- with active diameter:
d = 9 mm (fig. left)
- with active diameter
d = 15 mm (fig. right)
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Extremely precise alignment of the illuminator
is a must in order to achieve good 3D contrast in
oblique reflected-light. Special clamps, illuminator
carriers and articulated arms are available to ensure
that the fixing is exact. Focusing attachments help
to concentrate the light on the object field.
Cold-Light Illuminators
Move Your Specimen
into a New Cold-Light
The better a specimen is illuminated, the more details it
reveals to the observer. For example, fiber optic illumination
components optimized for different applications generate
very specific lighting effects on the surface of the specimen.
The range extends from simple spot illuminators and ring lights
through to specifically shaped glass fiber bundle geometries.
Ring illuminator
for reflected-light darkfield
The light hits the surface of the
specimen very flatly from all sides.
As a result only the light dispersed
from the structure of the specimen
reaches the objective. Extremely
fine structures are illuminated in
their natural colors on a dark
background.
- flexible light guide with active
diameter: d = 9 mm
Powerful and effective:
The ZEISS CL 1500 ECO cold-light source
- high light output, continuous control
- 15V/150W halogen lamp
- flicker free light for stable live images
on the monitor
- quiet ventilation
- tailored standard accessories:
- flexible light guides
with active d = 4.5 mm
- 2x goose-neck light guides
with active d = 4.5 mm
- Slit ring illuminator with active d = 9 mm
All other light guides with an active diameter
of up to d = 9 mm can be used with the
ZEISS CL 1500 ECO.
Coaxial epi-illumination S
Particularly suitable for flat,
specular specimens. Optimum
image results are achieved using
the PlanApo S 1.0x objective.
The quarter wave plate should
be used in the case of vertical
observation or documentation
using the S/doc objective slide.
Diffusor S, telescopic, d = 66 mm
Indirect reflected-light illumination
for the contrasting of three dimensional specimens with shiny surfaces.
Glare is avoided due to the soft light.
Recommended: sliding and/or
ball-and-socket stage for improved
alignment of the specimen.
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LED Reflected-Light Illuminators
Pure Daylight from Above
The VisiLED illumination system offers all the advantages of LEDs.
Infrared free, offering the best daylight quality and electronically
controllable – these are the reasons why this long lasting method
of illumination is particularly recommended for illumination and
contrasting tasks in stereomicroscopy.
The light from the VisiLED ring light is
ripple and flicker free. It is also insensitive
to fluctuations in the power supply.
Reflected-light brightfield with:
- VisiLED ring light S 80-55 BF
(fig. above right)
for objectives with a free working
distance of 55 to 135 mm.
- VisiLED ring light S 80-25 BF (fig. right)
for objectives with a free working
distance of 25 – 50 mm.
Circular reflected-light darkfield with:
- VisiLED ring light S 40-10 DF
(not illustrated)
- ALDF adapter for securing the ring light
to the objective
VisiLED ring light/holder and distance
rings are secured directly onto SteREO
objectives (d = 66 mm).
Two operating units are available
for controlling the VisiLED ring lights:
Multi Controller MC 1500
- for the control of one or two ring lights
- brightness control with display
- segment control and rotation
- storage of 4 illumination settings
- strobe mode and trigger operation
- thermo controller
- RS 232 interface
- foot switch optional
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Multi Controller MC 750 (not illustrated)
- for the control of one ring light
- adjustable transformer to set brightness
- thermo controller
LED Reflected-Light Illuminators
Light and Shade
In addition to their high level of efficiency, the VisiLED ring lights
also offer another substantial advantage. If required, they can be
combined into segments and controlled individually.
In reflected-light this makes variable oblique illumination possible.
Shadows generated on the surface of the specimen in such a way
reveal additional details.
All VisiLED ring lights can be controlled segment
by segment. You not only choose between shadow
free or oblique illumination – by rotating the segments
you can also direct the illumination optimally onto
the specimen.
Reflected-light
brightfield,
quarter circle
Reflected-light
darkfield,
full circle
Mixed-light
While the contours of the striking
on this cent coin are highlighted in
particular in darkfield, in mixedlight it is primarily the irregularities
of the surface that are revealed
more clearly.
In order to combine brightfield and darkfield in
reflected-light, the VisiLED ring light S 40-10 DF
is mounted onto the brightfield ring light using a
special adapter.
With the MC 1500 Multi-Controller it is possible
to work in brightfield, darkfield or mixed-light.
Once illumination settings have been optimized,
these can be stored and reproduced at the touch
of a button.
Thanks to the additional opportunities afforded by
segmentation, virtually all contrasting possibilities
are available in reflected-light.
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Transmitted Cold-Light Illumination
Moveable for Optimum Contrast
The structures and details of transparent and semi-transparent
objects can be made visible in transmitted-light.
By using a moveable mirror the direction of light can be changed
in a targeted way. This allows the contrast to be geared towards
the nature of the specimen in question.
The contours and outlines of specimens are also displayed clearly.
Transmitted-light equipment S
With this retrofittable module for stand base 450 it is possible to
analyze samples in brightfield, darkfield and oblique transmittedlight. The large, rugged transmitted-light base offers plenty of
room in the object space and makes it easier to screen batches of
petri dishes or work with large samples
- footprint: 450 x 300 mm
- work surface: 410 x 250 mm
- glass plate: d = 120 mm
- illuminated object field: max. 50 mm
- cold-light source: ZEISS CL 1500 ECO or
KL 1500 LCD or KL 2500 LCD
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Tischdurchmesser: 158 mm
Kippbereich: ± 30°.
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Ample possibilities for contrasting in transmittedlight. With 3 sliders it is possible to change the
position of the mirror in relation to the specimen.
Labeling makes it easier to reproduce
the setting.
Top slider:
sets the tilt of the mirror
in relation to the specimen
Middle slider: moves the mirror
in a north-south direction
Bottom slider: changes between
two different reflectors
for directional or diffused
illumination
Transmitted Cold-Light Illumination
A Question
of Adjustment
See the Light
Depending on what is required and
the tasks at hand, two different cold-light
sources are available with LCD display and
a broad range of fiber optic illumination
components.
The continuous mirror adjustment with several degrees of freedom makes it possible to freely adjust the angle of illumination.
This allows to individually optimize illumination and contrast
for a very wide range of specimens.
Setting: Brightfield
for transparent, high contrast specimens
and also used to display contours
and outlines
Daisy
Transmitted-light brightfield
PlanApo S 1.5x objective
Magnification: 150x*
KL 1500 LCD
-15V/150W light source
- for light guides with an active diameter
of up to 9 mm
- continuous electronic and mechanical
attenuation (patented grid hole pattern
diaphragm)
- filter mount
KL 2500 LCD
- high power light source (24V/250W)
- for light guides with an active diameter of
up to 15 mm
- continuous electronic and mechanical attenuation (patented grid hole pattern diaphragm)
- 5x filter turret
- remote control
Setting: Oblique illumination
makes low contrast structures
visible in transparent and
opaque specimens
Desmid algae Micrasterias
Oblique illumination in transmittedlight PlanApo S 1.5x objective
Magnification: 150x*
Setting: One sided darkfield
low contrast fine structures
shine brightly against a very
dark background
Frog embryo
Transmitted-light darkfield
PlanApo S 1.5x objective
Magnification: 150x*
*visual magnification with 10x eyepieces
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LED Transmitted-Light Illumination
Pure Daylight from Below
The VisiLED transillumination-contrast stage ACT (Advanced Contrast Transmitted)
also offers the advantages of LED illumination for applications in transmitted-light.
This dynamic and sophisticated illumination stage delivers brightfield, darkfield and
oblique illumination with options to control the direction of illumination.
This combination stage and illuminator is ideal for stereoscopic analysis of
challenging, low contrast samples.
VisiLED transillumination-contrast
stage ACT, d = 120 mm
This retrofittable transmitted-light
solution allows analyses to be performed
in brightfield and darkfield. Precise control
of the variable slit diaphragm allows for
generation of relief contrast at high
magnifications particulary.
- illuminated object field: max. 50 mm
- stage diameter: 160 mm
- glass plate: 120 mm
- sliding stage adjustment range: +/- 10 mm
- insert plate mount: d = 120 mm
The LED is controlled using the
MC 1500 Multi-Controller or via PC
VisiLED transillumination BF, d = 84 mm
Retrofitted into the Stand base 450 to
Profile S or the Stage carrier S for simple
transmitted-light brightfield applications.
- illuminated object field: max. 50 mm
- segment illumination for oblique
illumination (using MC 1500)
- stand mount: d = 84 mm
The LED is controlled using the
MC 750 or MC 1500 Multi-Controller.
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LED Transmitted-Light Illumination
Half Diaphragms –
no Half Measures
Two horizontally arranged, moveable half diaphragms are positioned
between an LED area light for brightfield and an LED ring light for
darkfield. This variable slit diaphragm makes it possible to observe
and document low contrast specimens in relief contrast at higher
magnifications. It ensures stunning effects and renders considerably
more information about the specimen.
Equipped with a gliding stage, salient
positions on the specimen can be brought
into position easily, without jostling the
sample.
Contrasting of an embryo
SteREO Discovery.V12 with a
PlanApo S 1.5x objective.
Visual magnification of 150x
with 10x eyepieces.
Settings on VisiLED transillumination-contrast stage ACT
- brightfield area light “on”
- half diaphragms open
- darkfield ring light “off ”
- brightfield area light “on”
- slit diaphragm positioned
excentrically to the north,
defined open
- darkfield ring light “off ”
- brightfield area light “on”
- slit diaphragm positioned
centrically, defined open
- darkfield ring light “off ”
- brightfield area light “on”
- slit diaphragm positioned
excentrically to the south,
defined open
- darkfield ring light “off ”
- brightfield area light “off ”
- diaphragm closed
- darkfield ring light “on”
Transmitted-light
brightfield
(diffused brightfield)
Oblique illumination
(“positive” relief contrast)
Transmitted-light
brightfield
(directional brightfield)
Oblique illumination
(“negative” relief contrast)
Transmitted-light
darkfield
(circular darkfield)
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Fluorescence Contrast
Bright Fluorescence Signals
Fluorescence stereomicroscopy means visualizing specific flurochromes
and fluorescent proteins, working with large object fields and high
resolution, three dimensional images.
With the “PentaFluar” S solution, the SteREO Discovery can be equipped
for demanding fluorescence applications in no time at all.
Depending on the light source used, two different
illuminators are available:
PentaFluar S/X-Cite fluorescence illuminator
- for X-Cite 120 S or HXP 120 illuminators
PentaFluar S/HBO fluorescence illuminator
(not illustrated)
- for HBO 50 or HBO 100 illuminators
This intermediate tube works like a coaxial illuminator.
Excitation takes place via two chromatic beam splitters
through both observation channels. In this way, the visible
object field is always fully illuminated when zooming.
- magazine for 5 filter blocks
- mechanical shutter
- iris for adjusting the diameter of the illuminated field
The reflector turret holds up to
5 different filter blocks. Each filter
block has an excitation filter and two
emission filters permanently built in:
- Filter block 38 GFP BP
- Filter block 43 Cy3/Rhod/RFP
- Filter block 45 Texas Red/FRFP
- Filter block 46 YFP
- Filter block 47 CFP
- Filter block 50 Cy5
- Filter block 57 GFP LP
- Filter block 58 Cascade Yellow
Embryos of the Drosophila melanogaster
Kugeltisch
fruit fly, immunofluorescence,
Zum Betrachten plastischer
SteREO Discovery.V8 with
Objekte auch von der Seite.
Achromat S 1.5x objective,
Der Tisch ist in allen
visual magnification 120x
Richtungen kippbar; die auswith 10x eyepieces
tauschbare Haftbelagplatte
eignet sich bestens zum
Specimen: Sameer Phalke, Institute
„Anpicken“ kleiner Objekte.
for Genetics, Halle University,
Tischdurchmesser: 158 mm
Germany
Kippbereich: ± 30°.
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Polarization Contrast
Polarization Brings it to Light
Polarizing equipment makes it possible to analyze birefringent materials using
the stereomicroscope. Simple measurements can then be performed, for example
the determination of the relative birefringence. The use of polarizers also helps
reduce distracting reflections.
For transmitted-light analyses in polarized light, the Rotating
Pol stage is used with the Polarizer S and can be equipped,
when necessary, with an specimen guide 28 x 75 mm and a
Full wave plate in a slider (first order red).
The Polarizer S, d = 84 mm can also be mounted directly
into the Transmitted-light equipment S for simple analyses
between crossed polars in transmitted-light.
Polarizer S
- for inserting into the rotating stage
Polarizer S, d = 84 mm (not illustrated)
- for inserting into transmitted-light
equipment and stages
Analyzer S, rotatable, d = 66 mm
- for clamping to objectives
Full wave plate in slider
- as slider for Rotating Pol stage
For improved illumination of shiny
surfaces, rotating Polarization
filter can be screwed onto the
focusing attachments (for light
guides with an active diameter
of d = 4.5 mm).
Analyzer S fitted to the
objective then allows disturbing
reflections to be minimized.
Additional accessories for
analyses in polarized reflectedlight include:
- Polarization filter set S
VisiLED (not illustrated)
- Polarization filter set S,
d = 66 mm
for slit ring illuminators
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Operation
SyCoP – State of the Art
Complete attention
can be given to the specimen...
SyCoP (System Control Panel) is a new operating element, patented by
Carl Zeiss, for controlling complex stereomicroscopes and illumination systems.
It combines push buttons, a joystick and a touchscreen to create a handy,
mobile control unit. All the essential functions of the stereomicroscope are
integrated in one place, enabling safe and efficient one handed control of the
system so that you never have to look away from the specimen.
The joystick for zooming and focusing.
The keys for illuminating and contrasting.
...thanks to SyCoP.
The touchscreen for switching to additional functions
and for information.
HIP (Human Interface Panel) replaces the
conventional knobs for focusing and zooming
on the SteREO Discovery.V12 and V20.
HIP for zooming:
HIP offers a choice between three different
speed profiles and provides a real time
display of magnification, diameter of the
object field, resolution and depth of field.
Additionally, preset magnifications can
be stored and recalled via the two memory
keys.
HIP for focusing:
This HIP also offers three different speed
profiles and provides a real time display of
the current Z position. Additionally, preset
focus can be stored and recalled via the
two memory keys.
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The wheel responds dynamically to the
movement of the thumb:
slowly and sensitively with small movements
and more quickly with larger movements.
Operation
SyCoP Delivers Information
A further innovation in stereomicroscopy.
SyCoP delivers information. In addition to its function as a
control unit, the SyCoP also displays real time data on all the
important optical parameters of the current microscope setting.
In the FUNCTION menu it is possible,
Under SETUP, up to five instrument settings
for example, to set ClickStops, activate electronic per user can be programmed and called up by
specimen protection, select speeds for zooming
touching the screen.
and focusing and activate the light or focus
manager.
The EMS electronics module not only allows
the microscope to be operated via SyCoP
but also via AxioVision software or foot pedals.
Under SETUP, important and frequently
used functions of the stereomicroscope can be
assigned individually to the keys of the SyCoP
or to the foot switch.
The main window of SyCoP displays information on the important,
current optical data relating to the stereomicroscope, such as:
- total magnification
- visible object field
- maximum possible resolution
- depth of field
Additional settings relating to the basic instrument and illumination
are displayed in the status window. Buttons on the touchscreen lead
to the respective sub-windows.
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Image Documentation
Protect Valuable Information
Whether it’s for research or routine tasks in biology, medicine or
industry – the requirements for the reliable and rapid documentation
of microscopic images are becoming ever more demanding.
A series of adapters for the 60N interface on the
microscopes allows easy coupling to the following
documentation systems:
- AxioCam digital microscope cameras
- video cameras
- digital compact cameras
- analog and digital mirror reflex cameras
SteREO Discovery.V8 with a Canon PowerShot
on the Intermediate phototube S, left 100/100.
Digital consumer compact/mirror reflex cameras
are connected via the 60N interface.
Kugeltisch
Zum Betrachten plastischer
Objekte auch von der Seite.
Der Tisch ist in allen
Richtungen kippbar; die austauschbare Haftbelagplatte
eignet sich bestens zum
„Anpicken“ kleiner Objekte.
Tischdurchmesser: 158 mm
Kippbereich: ± 30°.
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Intermediate phototube S,
left 100/100
For the adaptation of a camera,
with switching between 100% observation
or 100% photo
Intermediate phototube S
with two 50:50 ports
For the adaptation of two cameras,
with permanent splitting for simultaneous
stereoscopic observation and documentation
Image Documentation
With AxioCam, Carl Zeiss has created a series of digital
microscope cameras in order to address the ever expanding range
of tasks performed in laboratories and research institutes.
The accompanying AxioVision software ensures that the processes
of microscopic image analysis can be completed simply,
quickly and accurately.
SteREO Discovery.V12 with
binocular ergo-phototube S 5-45° and
AxioCam MRc5
Compact, powerful and fast.
A camera for virtually all applications
in stereomicroscopy:
- resolution: 5 mega pixels in color
- sensor size: 2/3”
- FireWire/IEEE 1394 interface
- connection: C-Mount
A feature of AxioCam cameras:
Encapsulated CCD sensor with C-Mount adapter
AxioCam IC
Two genuine microscope cameras for
biomedical and industrial applications
provide pin sharp, true color images.
AxioCam ICc3
- resolution: 3.3 mega pixels
- sensor size: 1/1.8”
- FireWire 1394a
- connection: C-Mount
AxioCam ICc1 (not illustrated)
- resolution: 1.4 mega pixels
- sensor size: 1/2”
- FireWire 1394a
- connection: C-Mount
AxioCam HSm
The high-speed camera for
the digital documentation of
dynamic processes in B/W.
- basic resolution: 330 K pixels
- image rate:
up to 198 images/second
(5x5 Binning)
- sensor size: 1/2”
- FireWire 1394a
- connection: C-Mount
(see www.zeiss.de/micro
for more cameras)
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Image Processing
AxioVision is The Software
AxioVision – a complete suite of software for microscopy and image analysis.
Geared to current requirements in stereomicroscopy thanks to its unique
modular structure and offering attractive options for the future development
of this field, AxioVision integrates microscope control, image acquisition,
image processing, image management and archiving to form a complete system.
Extended Focus module
In situations where the height of the sample
exceeds the depth of field of the stereomicroscope.
This module allows information collected in a
Z-stack to be combined in to a single image.
Interactive Measurement module
For the measurement of morphological parameters
on interactively defined contours.
(see www.zeiss.de/axiovision for more modules)
Electronic component
Reflected-light brightfield
SteREO Discovery.V12 with PlanApo S 0.63x
AxioCam MRc5
Specimen: Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH
Topography module
Height maps can now be generated from Z stacks and
displayed in three dimensions. The topographic image
created in this way contains all the important information.
Other displays are also possible:
Texture image
Color coded
height image
Isometric grid
projection
Shadow projection
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Image Processing
Perpendicular Perfection
The S/doc objective slider is recommended for professional
documentation as well as for more precise measurement in the
microscopic image. Depending on the position of the photo port,
you can choose to shift the objective centrically under the right
or left observation channel.
The now perpendicular, axial view of the object results in freedom
from parallax and optimum imaging quality.
Objective slide S/doc
- switched to left channel for documentation
- central position for stereoscopic viewing
Simple switching from stereoscopic observation
to a parallax free macro view of the object by
the camera
- switched to right channel for documentation
Panorama module. Using this module, high resolution overview images can be
generated perfectly from single images, without the need for a motorized stage.
Skeleton specimen of a
newborn wild-type mouse
Transmitted-light brightfield
SteREO Discovery.V12
with PlanApo S 0.63x
AxioCam MRc5
Specimen:
Dr. Kenji Imai, M.D., PhD.
GSF National Research Center
for Environment and Health,
Neuherberg, Germany
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System Overview
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System Overview
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Technical Data
SteREO Discovery.V8
SteREO Discovery.V12
SteREO Discovery.V20
Objectives
Name
PlanApo S
0,63x
PlanApo S
1,0x
PlanApo S
1,5x
PlanApo S
2,3x
PlanApo S
3,5x mono
Plan S
1,0x
Achromat S
0,3x
Achromat S
0,5x
Achromat S
0,63x
Achromat S
1,0x
Achromat S
1,5x
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Eyepieces
WPL 10x/23 Br. foc
WPL 16x/16 Br. foc
W 25x/10 foc
FWD
(mm)
Magnification
Object field
(mm)
Magnification
Object field
(mm)
Magnification
Object field
(mm)
81
6,3 x ... 50,4x
36,5 … 4,6
10,1 x… 80,6x
25,4 … 3,2
15,8 x… 126 x
15,9 … 2,0
5
x … 63 x
45,6 … 3,7
8
x… 100,8x
28,5 … 2,3
12,6 x…157,5x
18,3 … 1,5
4,7 x … 94,5x
48,7 … 2,4
7,6 x… 151 x
33,9 … 1,7
11,8 x… 236 x
21,1 … 1,1
60
30
10
16
81
253
151
115
10
x … 80 x
23,0 … 2,9
16
x… 128 x
16,0 … 2,0
25
x…200 x
10,0 … 1,3
8
x… 100 x
28,8 … 2,3
12,8 x… 160 x
18,0 … 1,4
20
x… 250 x
11,5 … 0,9
7,5 x… 150 x
30,7 … 1,5
12
x… 240 x
21,3 … 1,1
18,8 x… 375 x
13,3 … 0,7
15
x… 120 x
15,3 … 1,9
24
x… 192 x
10,7 … 1,3
37,5 x…300 x
6,7 … 0,8
12
x…150 x
19,2 … 1,5
19,2 x… 240 x
12,0 … 1,0
30
x… 375 x
7,7 … 0,6
11,3 x... 225 x
20,4 … 1,0
18
x… 360 x
14,2 … 0,7
28,1 x… 563 x
8,9 … 0,4
23
x… 184 x
10,0 … 0,7
36,8 x… 294,4x
6,3 … 0,8
57,5 x… 460 x
4,0 … 0,5
18,4 x… 230 x
12,5 … 1,0
29,4 x… 368 x
7,8 … 0,6
46
x…575 x
5,0 … 0,4
17,3 x… 345 x
13,3 … 0,7
27,6 x… 552 x
9,3 … 0,5
43,1 x…863 x
5,8 … 0,3
35
x… 280 x
6,6 … 0,8
56
x… 448 x
4,1 … 0,5
87,5 x…700 x
2,6 … 0,3
28
x… 350 x
8,2 … 0,7
44,8 x… 560 x
5,1 … 0,4
70,5 x…875 x
3,3 … 0,3
26,3 x… 525 x
8,8 … 0,4
42
x… 840 x
5,5 … 0,27
65,6 x…1312,5 x
3,5 … 0,18
10
x… 80 x
23,0 … 2,9
16
x… 128 x
16,0 … 2,0
25
x… 200 x
10,0 … 1,3
8
x… 100 x
28,8 … 2,3
12,8 x… 160 x
18,0 … 1,4
20
x…250 x
11,5 … 0,9
7,5 x… 150 x
30,7 … 1,5
12
21,3 … 1,1
18,8 x…375 x
13,3 … 0,7
3
x… 24 x
76,7 … 9,6
4,8 x… 38,4x
53,3 … 6,7
7,5 x … 60 x
33,3 … 4,2
2,4 x… 30 x
95,8 … 7,7
3,8 x…
48 x
59,9 … 4,8
6
x… 75 x
38,3 … 3,1
2,3 x… 45 x
102 … 5,1
3,6 x…
72 x
71,1 … 3,6
5,6 x… 113 x
44,4 … 2,2
5
x… 40 x
46,0 … 5,8
8
x…
64 x
32,0 … 4,0
12,5 x… 100 x
20,0 … 2,5
4
x… 50 x
57,5 … 4,6
6,4 x…
80 x
35,9 … 2,9
10
x… 125 x
23,0 … 1,8
3,8 x… 75 x
61,3 … 3,1
6
x… 120 x
42,7 … 2,1
9,4 x… 188 x
26,7 … 1,3
6,3 x… 50,4x
36,5 … 4,6
10,1 x… 80,6x
25,4 … 3,2
15,8 x… 126 x
15,9 … 2,0
5
69
28
x… 240 x
x… 63 x
45,6 … 3,7
8
x… 100,8x
28,5 … 2,3
12,6 x…157,5x
18,3 … 1,5
4,7 x… 94,5x
48,7 … 2,4
7,6 x… 151 x
33,9 … 1,7
11,8 x… 236 x
21,1 … 1,1
16,0 … 2,0
25
x… 200 x
10,0 … 1,3
10
x… 80 x
23,0 … 2,9
16
x… 128 x
8
x… 100 x
28,8 … 2,3
12,8 x… 160 x
18,0 … 1,4
20
x… 250 x
11,5 … 0,9
7,5 x… 150 x
30,7 … 1,5
12
x… 240 x
21,3 … 1,1
18,8 x… 375 x
13,3 … 0,7
15
x… 120 x
15,3 … 1,9
24
x… 192 x
10,7 … 1,3
37,5 x… 300 x
6,7 … 0,8
12
x… 150 x
19,2 … 1,5
19,2 x… 240 x
12,0 … 1,0
30
x… 375 x
7,7 … 0,6
11,3 x… 225 x
20,4 … 1,0
18
14,2 … 0,7
28,1 x… 563 x
8,9 … 0,4
x… 360 x
Technical Data
Operating concept
Telescope or CMO (Common Main Objective)
Pancratic zoom range
SteREO Discovery.V8
SteREO Discovery.V12
SteREO Discovery.V20
Magnification range
and max. resolution
for stereo observation
SteREO Discovery.V8
SteREO Discovery.V12
SteREO Discovery.V20
1 x ... 8 x
0,8 x … 10 x
0,75 x ... 15 x
10
3
8
2,4
7,5
2,3
x
x
x
x
x
x
… 80
…460
…100
…575
…150
…552
manual zoom body
motorized zoom body
motorized zoom body
x
x
x
x
x
x
max. 346 Lp/mm
max. 801 Lp/mm
max. 429 Lp/mm
max. 1000 Lp/mm
max. 432 Lp/mm
max. 1000 Lp/mm
Basic version*
with exchangeable optics
Basic version*
with exchangeable optics
Basic version*
with exchangeable optics
3 x …700 x
2,4 x …875 x
2,3 x …840 x
max. 1211 Lp/mm
max. 1502 Lp/mm
max. 1512 Lp/mm
with exchangeable optics
with exchangeable optics
with exchangeable optics
Magnification range
and max. resolution
for 2D observation
SteREO Discovery.V8
SteREO Discovery.V12
SteREO Discovery.V20
Observation tubes
Binocular tube S 35°
Binocular phototube S 20°
Binocular tube S 20°
Binocular ergo-phototube S 5-45°
Interpupillary distance at 2 viewing heights, adjustable from 55 mm to 75 mm
Intermediate tubes
Intermediate phototubes S 100/100 and S 50/50
Y intermediate tube S (for 2D macroscope setting)
Objectives
Achromat S
Plan S
PlanApo S
0,3x / 0,4x / 0,63x / 1x / 1,5x
1x
0,63x / 1x / 1,5x / 2.3x / 3,5x macro
Eyepieces
W-PL 10x/23 Br. foc.
E-PL 10x/20 Br. foc.
Mounts
Mount S with d = 76 mm support
Objective nosepiece S, 3x cod
Stands
Coarse/fine drive with Profile S column on stand base 450 to Profile S
Motor focus with Profile S column on stand base 450 to Profile S
Boom stand A and SDA
Stages
Mechanical stage S 100 x 100
Mechanical stage 75 x 50 mot. CAN
Scanning stage 130 x 85, PIEZO
Gliding stages
Ball-and-socket stage
Rotating Pol stage
Reflected-light
Fiber optic cold-light 150W or 250W
Spot illuminators, 1 and 2 branch
Ring lights for brightfield and darkfield
Line light
Coaxial reflected-light brightfield illumination S
Diffuser S
LED
VisiLED segment ring light for brightfield
VisiLED segment ring light for darkfield
Transmitted-light
Fiber optic cold-light 150W or 250W
Transmitted light equipment S
- brightfield, darkfield, oblique light
Addition for transmitted-light
- brightfield
LED
VisiLED ACT transillumination-contrast stage ACT
- brightfield, darkfield, oblique slit illumination
(relief contrast)
VisiLED transillumination BF
- brightfield and diffused oblique-light
Fluorescence contrast
PentaFluar S fluoresence illuminator
Coaxial excitation with HBO/XBO/X-Cite 120/HXP120
Polarization contrast
Transmitted light polarization
Reflected light polarizer for ring lights and spots
Fiber optic cold-light
Fiber optic cold-light
Documentation
Microscope cameras AxioCam IC, MR, HR, HS
Adaptation for digital compact and mirror reflex cameras
Image processing
AxioVision microscopy and image analysis software
*Basic version
with 1x objective and 10x eyepieces
Drawing intermediate tube S
Intermediate tube S, fixed 40 mm (ergo component)
PL 16x/16 Br. foc.
W 25x/10 foc.
Stemi mount with drive for column 32
(weight-bearing capacity 5 kg)
Stand S with 260 mm column 32
Stand N with 350 mm column 32
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SteREO Discovery.V20
SteREO Discovery.V12
SteREO Discovery.V8
Technical Data
Weight 23,2 kg
Weight 32,7 kg
Weight 32,8 kg
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Behind
the Scenes
Defocus position in μm
Technology
The motorized zoom body of the
SteREO Discovery.V12 and V20
deliver images that are twice as
sharp as traditional mechanical
zoom bodies.
Magnification
On the SteREO Discovery.V12 and V20,
mechanical zoom control curves have
been replaced by ones that are generated
electronically. This level of precision yields,
considerably sharper microscopic images across the
entire zoom range. The result is more relaxed viewing
in 3D and improved contrast at high magnifications.
Depth of field curve, within
these parameters the images
are in focus
Typical defocus curve of a single
zoom channel with mechanical
zoom curve
Typical defocus curve of a single
zoom channel with electronically
generated zoom curve
1
Before assembly begins, each lens is exactly calibrated against a
reference “null lens set” and the values are saved in a data pool.
This feeds the database used by a computer to select optimally
matched lenses for the zoom system.
By doing this, an optimally coordinated lens family is developed
for every stereomicroscope.
2
The rotating reflex of a lens of the zoom optics.
As soon as it is in the circle …
3
… the moveable micro clapper on the computer
controlled glue leveling machine automatically adjusts the
final fine alignment.
4
The lens which has been positioned carefully is then
fixed immediately. The machine lays highly calibrated,
uninterrupted glue beads through a strong 0.5 mm cannula
and hardens it using UV light.
5
In the zoom body adjusting device, the precise procedures
of all moveable optical elements are programmed.
To do this, approxamately 7,000 reference points are analyzed
by computer. In doing so, each stereomicroscope recieves its
own completely individual zoom control curve.
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