Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Good news: Fluorescence is now safer and easier to handle

Any traditional Fluorescence user is aware of the alignment procedure to get the brightest possible image; every lab assistant knows about difficulties in case the mercury bulb has to be replaced again because of a quite short life time.

Nice to hear that Motic offers a solution: For the Elite versions of BA upright biological microscopes, a selection of Epi-LED modules, to be placed between microscope body and eyepiece tube, is available for an easy-to handle Fluorescence. Now this contrast method is ready to be introduced in safety-sensible environments like medical schools, where the teaching program each year creates a new generation of young but unexperienced professionals. No alignment of the illumination, no warm-up period, no heat development obstructs an immediate start of work: Best preconditions for an uncomplicated workflow and safe teaching.

The Epi-LED modules come in a selection of 3 different units, each of them a combination of an LED light source and a well-adapted dichroic/barrier filter combination. At the moment 3 different setups can be supplied:

  • 455nm LED with a long pass barrier of 485nm
  • 470nm LED with a band-pass barrier of 535/40nm
  • 470nm LED with a long-pass barrier of 515nm

These modules cover AURAMINE 0 applications like Malaria/Tuberculosis detection as well as standard FITC stainings.

At first instance this is a good message for everyone who know about traditional HBO light sources: alignment difficulties, short life time, heat development, need for an environmental-friendly disposal. All these facts in mind, you will agree that LEDs will be the future of specific microscope illumination demands. Further handy solutions can be expected.

If you want to know more, take a look to this catalogue.

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