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tative imaging with great productivity: large fields of view and high-quality images of
even the most challenging specimens.
Through an educational program at the event, Zeiss offered tips on improving
imaging of cleared samples. Indeed, optical clearing (which enables greater use of
photonics methods) has clearly taken hold in neuroscience, as other vendors, too, discussed the technique.
Photometrics showcased its high-performance EMCCD and CCD cameras, including the super-fast Evolve 128, which promises the highest frame rates available with
extreme sensitivity for low-light applications. And Hamamatsu showed off its W-View
Gemini, offering simultaneous dual-wavelength imaging in a single camera for high-speed ratiometric imaging and other multiple-fluorescence applications. Another
developer of scientific cameras, Lumenera, demoed the scientific-grade variant of
its 30 frames/s LT665 Infinity. The competitively priced unit is a high-sensitivity, low-noise, CCD-based USB 3.0 camera.
Mad City Labs demonstrated its highly flexible RM21 precision-aligned microscope
platform for epifluorescence microscopy. Specific adaptations of the platform include,
for instance, micro-mirror TIRF: The setup eliminates dichroic, separates emission from
excitation, and enables clear views of biochemistry.
LUDL Electronic Products displayed its BioPrecision3 LM “next-generation” motorized stage featuring high performance in a more compact, lightweight package. Its
new drive technology has fewer moving parts and fewer maintenance requirements
at the same price.
Lumencor reported a unique ability to overcome the “green gap” that plagues
LED-based technologies with low power. The company says it provides 10x the
brightness of competitors in yellow/green regions of the spectrum, and includes a
broadly emitting light pipe for green and yellow outputs.
And Lumen Dynamics, now part of Excelitas Technologies, noted its new X-Cite
110 LED, a compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging that uses liquid
light guide coupling to deliver broad-spectrum optical power with field uniformity at
the specimen level.
A company known for its custom microscope objectives, Navitar demonstrated its
new MicroMate 3: 1 zoom lens system, which overcomes vignetting while offering a
large field of view.
Bitplane used the event to launch its Imaris8 3D/4D visualization and analysis software, while DNA sequencing instrument maker Illumina was there to showcase its
capabilities for neuroscience research.
Neuroscience 2015 will take place October 17-21 in Chicago.—BG
Zeiss’s LSM 880 with Airyscan uses 32 detectors instead of a single pinhole to image an Airy disk
pattern. Airyscan is also available as an add-on for existing Zeiss systems.