Interchangeable Microscope Modules
Oct 2016Siskiyou Corp.Request Info
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Siskiyou Corp. has announced a comprehensive set of interchangeable modules and accessories that enable users to customize the functionality of optical microscopes from all major manufacturers or build their own microscope.
The heart of the system is a CBH-1.0 cube beamsplitter assembly, designed to sit in the infinity space of a conventional microscope. The CBH-1.0 provides open access in two orthogonal axes perpendicular to the microscope tube axis and forms the foundation to which a range of other optomechanical modules can be attached. These modules combine the flexibility of an open cage or breadboard microscope system with the rigidity and stability of a traditional, monolithic, tube-based microscope.
The range of modular accessories includes a self-registering slide assembly that allows a 45º beamsplitter or mirror to be smoothly inserted or removed from the microscope tube without disruption or misalignment of the optical path. This permits various filters to be used interchangeably in the excitation light and/or imaging path.
The microscope modules are ideal for applications throughout life sciences, enabling a conventional fluorescence microscope to be configured for sophisticated imaging applications without the high cost of a specialty optical instrument. In particular, they provide a simple means of combining wide-field imaging with local fluorescence excitation and probing in applications from optogenetics to photosynthesis studies.