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Stereo Discovery V8 Stereomicroscope
Jun 2006
Carl Zeiss Spectroscopy GmbHRequest Info
GOETTINGEN, Germany, June 29, 2006 -- Stereo Discovery V8, a powerful basic instrument from Carl Zeiss for modular stereomicrosopy, is suitable both for routine lab and industrial applications and for advanced research work. The Discovery V8 expands the redesigned stereomicroscope line begun in 2004 with the introduction of the Lumar and Discovery V12.

The CL1500 ECO fiber optic, cold-light light source, seen here with a two-arm gooseneck light guide, delivers intensive, infrared-free light to an object with pinpoint precision.

Carl Zeiss said the Stereo Discovery V8 is particularly suited for workplaces that require the optical performance, modularity or egonomic convenience of a manual stereomicroscope. Applications include the electronic, semiconductor and automotive industries -- particularly for optical inspection in the quality assurance and production areas and for the precise assembly and alignment of very small components; and optical examinations in biomedical research and development, for example in universities, institutes and research centers, for the screening, sorting and manipulation of specimens.

Carl Zeiss said the Stereo Discovery V8's optics enable higher resolving power, greater contrast and a better 3-D effect compared to current standard instruments, and provide visibly more information in the microscopic image in any application.

The modular design of the Stereo Discovery V8 makes it compatible with Stereo Discovery accessory components and make it easily adapted to a variety of workplaces. Simple, basic configurations are possible for routine workstations, for example, and an extensive line of accessories is available for more specific requirements. Adding a Pentafluor 5x position fluorescence attachment can provide a low-cost, high-performance, entry-level fluorescence stereo system.

Printed board with white solder resist, taken with Stereo Discovery V8 in laterally grazing incident light. Objective: Plan S 1.0X, magnification 15X. 
Ergonomic components such as the ergotube and intermediate tubes can be used to optimally set the viewing angle and viewing height of the microscope. This guarantees a relaxed seated position for long periods, the manufacturer said. The extremely stable stand design ensures low sensitivity to vibrations and stable specimen positioning, even with high final magnifications and heavy microscope systems.

The Stereo Discovery V8 also features a zoom range of 8 to 1 with activatable click stops, a manual focusing drive with a 340-mm focusing path, a generous object space and a scratch-resistant work surface. The microscope offers the largest object field in its class. Three high-quality objective series are available: Achromat S (high-contrast, 3-D images), plan S (for more flat, distortion-free object fields) and PlanApo S (higher resolution without color fringes). The new CL1500 EC cold-light source delivers intensive, infrared-free light, and the VisiLED system offers new contrasting possibilities through segmented activation of LEDs and high-reproducibility accuracy via storage of illumination settings.

Various digital still and video cameras can be attached to the Stereo Discovery V8 via standardized interfaces. For simple routine requirements, commercial digital cameras often suffice, while AxioCam high-resolution microscope cameras and AxioVision imaging software from Carl Zeiss are offered to meet more demanding requirements in image capture and analysis.

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Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH
Light Microscopy
10 Königsallee 9-21
07745 Jena/Germany
37081 Göttingen, Germany


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