The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Olympus BX61 (material scope)

A microscope system with two configurations: a biological configuration (with automated 3-color plus DIC image collection) and a materials configuration (with polarization, darkfield, and reflected brightfield light)


  • Fully motorized microscope selection of objectives, filter cubes, condenser and camera controller.
  • Quick change of nose pieces to convert from biological configuration to materials configuration.
  • Two cameras: high-sensitivity monochrome and color




Mercury vapor, provided through either rapid automated shutter or conventional filter cubes. Excitation wavelengths from UV to Red are available.


Biological Configuration:

UPlanFL 4x/0.13, UplanFL 10X/0.30, UplanFL 20X/0.50, UplanFL 40X/0.75, PlanAPO 60x/1.4 oil, UplanFL 100X/1.3 oil. All objectives have DIC optics.

Materials Configuration:

UMPlanFL 5x/0.15BD, UMplanFL 10X/0.30BD, UMPlanFL 20X/0.46BD, UMPlan 50X/0.80BD, UMPlanFL 1000x/0.90

Digital camera:

Hamamatsu cooled digital camera: ORCA ER (Model C4742-80) and Olympus DP71


A Prior controller with joystick controls focus and location.


  • Slidebook software
  • DP controller software
  • CellSens software


  • Files will be transferred to an off-line computer.
  • Users will transfer data via FTP or download it to a writeable CD-ROM as TIFF files.
  • Images can be printed using graphics software such as Photoshop or ImageJ.

Equipment Location

Microscopy and Cytometry Facility


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