Cost-Effective Clinical Microscope
Feb 09 2010
Olympus has introduced the new CX21LED clinical microscope with built-in light emitting diode (LED) illumination. Offering consistent long-term performance for biological and medical applications, this cost-effective imaging system can illuminate samples with a similar light intensity to that provided by halogen bulbs. Furthermore, the LED light source produces a more uniform, controllable and stable illumination for high-quality imaging. As an environmentally friendly and easy-to-use system, this microscope is also ideal for educational use.
The Olympus CX21LED features an LED with an expected lifetime of over 20,000 hours, eliminating the need for frequent halogen lamp replacements. This cost-effective method of sample illumination not only consumes much less energy than halogen lamps, but also provides a comparable light intensity for excellent imaging.
Designed for long-term use, the CX21LED microscope is composed of robust components: the eyepiece and condenser are both factory attached to the body, while the revolving nosepiece is firmly fixed to the wide and rigid arm along with the objectives. In addition, the compact and lightweight (approx 6kg) system can be safely transported from lab to lab and easily stored.
As well as providing uniform and stable light intensity, the brightness of the LED can be changed without affecting the colour temperature. This, in addition with the incorporation of the Olympus plan corrected UIS2 objectives ensures that clear images are obtained with a stable colour balance at any brightness level.
The ergonomic layout of the main controls (focus and fine-focusing knob, light control adjustment and stage handle) allows the user to operate the microscope quickly and easily with minimal movement. An ultra-smooth, four position revolving nosepiece ensures smooth operation and durability are obtained. This robustness is further enhanced by the abrasion-resistant rackless stage, designed for smooth and continuous movement. By effectively removing any protruding racks, the risk of damaging samples or inflicting hand injury is eliminated. Furthermore, the mechanical stage focus-lock prevents the objective from touching the slide and damaging either the specimen or the objective.
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