ROCKLAND, Mass., Sept. 25, 2012 — The HP1719 IX breadboard and HF108SIX3 filter wheel assembly from Prior Scientific Inc. are for use with the Olympus IX3-ZDC inverted microscope systems. Taking advantage of the open access to the light path on the microscope, the breadboard and filter wheel can be mounted and removed with ease. Available as a separate part, the breadboard allows researchers to mount and insert any number of custom optics into the IX3 light path to create their own systems. The combination of the breadboard and the modified filter wheel provides a compact, easy-to-install high-speed filter wheel option. Having the filter wheel mounted below the nosepiece allows the user to switch between wavelengths at high speed and to see fluorescent images through the eyepieces of the microscope as well as the camera. The filter wheel accommodates up to eight 32-mm-diameter filters. The use of 32-mm filters completely fills the field of view in the eyepieces and large-chip cameras. The assembly is compatible with Prior’s ProScan and OptiScan controllers, and drivers are available for cellSens and Metamorph software packages.