News | December 17, 2003

The New Eclipse i-series Microscopes for Bioscience Research from Nikon

Source: Nikon Inc., Instruments Division
Nikon continues to offer the finest innovations in microscopy with the new range of Eclipse i-series microscopes. The Eclipse 80i, developed for customers involved in cutting-edge research, incorporates the most advanced optical technology into a stylish and functional design.

Listening closely to the Bioscience researcher, Nikon once again has set new standards in meeting their specific technology needs. Built for optimal digital imaging, a vast array of advanced new features and accessories has been developed to expand the performance, ergonomics and versatility of digital research microscopy. Concentrating on stability and mechanical precision, the Eclipse 80i also achieves new levels of fluorescence performance, incorporates wide spectrum violet corrected (VC) Plan Apo optics, and offers the widest range of research configurations obtainable.

The new DIH digital head of the Eclipse 80i is an all-in-one unit that contains an integrated Epi-Fluorescence attachment with six filter cube positions and an integrated shutter, beam-splitting module, eyepiece tube, and dual ports for digital cameras, confocal attachments, and spectral detectors. The integrated zooming function allows perfect matching of the optical resolution of the CFI60 objective series to the digital resolution of the recommended Nikon digital cameras. Vastly improved fluorescence performance is enabled by Nikon's Hi-S/N fluorescence system, producing super-high signal-to-noise contrast ratios by employing Nikon's patented "Hi-S/N Noise Terminator" technology to extract the ultimate in low signal fluorescence imaging.

Nikon also introduces a new CFI60 Plan Apo "VC" series of objectives with expanded spectral correction range into the violet lines, improved aberration correction, and a design specifically for critical digital imaging applications. The result is crisper and cleaner images across a wide range of observation conditions.

Based on user feedback, Nikon designed a completely new DIC system for the Eclipse 80i microscope, providing selection between high-contrast and high-resolution imaging capabilities, critical to many Bioscience research applications. Performance is enhanced by 80i's new transmitted light illumination and revolutionary ‘fly-eye' lens array, which provides an even intensity that completely fills the objective back aperture and satisfies the strict demands of high-resolution digital imaging. Combined together, they create the perfect optical and digital platform for critical image capture, and are supported by a new universal condenser.

The Eclipse 80i is also a versatile platform with the widest range of system expansion ever available, from a basic laboratory version to top-level, cutting- edge research systems, incorporating all light microscopy techniques and configurations. There are two models of main bodies available for the Eclipse 80i: one includes a standard sub-stage and stage mount and another has a centering sub-stage for use with the advanced rotatable ball bearing stage, ideal for applications that require a professional centering and rotating stage for precise specimen orientation.

Ergonomy and user comfort are important, too. The Eclipse 80i can be fitted with the new Tilting / Telescoping ergonomic eyepiece tube, inclinable and extendable, ensuring optimum eye level and a comfortable viewing posture regardless of user physique, resulting in reduced neck and shoulder strain during long hours of observation. The stage handle of the Eclipse 80i remains in a fixed position during use, allowing hand and body positions to remain constant and in line with the instrument. Both left- and right-handed versions are available and the super-hard ‘Alumite' coating on the stage creates a resistant surface, providing the durability needed in today's research laboratory.

Also available is an economical, new Universal Epi-Illuminator with six filter cube positions using the latest noise terminator technology that greatly improves signal-to-noise ratios, producing stunning, high-contrast, crisp, fluorescent images.

"The 80i possesses a versatility that makes it adaptable to the most diverse aspects of biological research. It can be built up from a microscope designed for detailed observation into a fluorescence research station with advanced digital imaging," remarked Stan Schwartz, Nikon Instruments' Division Manager of Microscopy Product Marketing.

Whatever your field of research, the new Eclipse 80i provides unique benefits in terms of ergonomics, digital optics, and optimized illumination, bringing you closer to the image, closer to your research, and closer to the answer.