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New Eclipse Series 80i Large Research Microscope

Unique Features

The feature-packed Nikon Eclipse 80i is the perfect platform for digital imaging in any laboratory or research situation.

bulletBuilt-in fly-eye optics ensures provides ultra uniform illumination-perfect for digital imaging.
bulletNew Plan Apo VC objectives delivers crisp high-resolution images right to the edge of the field of view utilizing a broader illumination spectrum into 405 nm.
bulletThe newly developed epi-fluorescence illuminator-the Hi S/N Fluorescence System-incorporates a unique "Noise Terminator" that delivers S/N ratios five times higher than our previous fluorescence system.
bulletA digital imaging head optimized for digital format image capture has been specially developed for the "i" series. It includes integrated reflected light illumination, dual image ports and an optical zoom lens able to produce images of excellent contrast and resolution.
bulletImaging data such as the magnification and filter in use can be displayed and attached to the image when the DS-5M-L1 digital camera is mounted to the microscope via the digital imaging head.
bulletA solid construction ensures high-precision, stable focusing.


"Hi S/N" Epi-fluorescence microscopy"
All the Nikon Eclipse 80i-series optional epi-fluorescence illuminators come standard with Nikon's exclusive Noise Terminator. It works by eliminating the possibility of stray light that is generated in the fluorescence filter block; thus it produces high contrast images with greater S/N ratio when observing weakly fluorescing specimens. Used together with the new Plan Apo VC objectives, it is possible to obtain digital images that have excellent resolution throughout the view field, regardless of the magnification. The high precision filter changing system is a turret type holding up to six filter cubes, and it uses phosphorescent filter cube display tags to enhance their visibility during operation in dark rooms.

"Excitation balancer" continuously adjusts excitation light
The epi-fluorescence illuminator adopts a unique excitation balancer (patent pending). The spectral intensity of each excitation wavelength can be continuously adjusted by the sliding action of inserting or removing the excitation balancer from the light path, allowing the operator to easily emphasize the desired wavelength without changing the filter cubes, and making it especially convenient for observing and photographing multi-stained specimens.

Six-filter turret
The filter turret in the epi-fluorescence illuminator can accommodate six filter cubes, which are easily exchanged. The turret uses phosphorescent filter labels, making it easy to see the names and positions of filter cubes in darkened rooms.

Upgraded DIC performance
Uniform crisp images with high contrast and resolutionBy using a new composition of the material in the DIC prism, it is now possible to obtain high-contrast images with excellent resolution and uniform coloration at any magnification. DIC imaging has also advanced to a new level. On the centerable stage model, it is possible to adjust the shade (3D effect) of the image by rotating the stage.

CFI60 infinity optics
Nikon's CFI60 infinity optics has received high acclaim in global markets for their superb image quality. This optical system combines the CF design with infinity optics, utilizing a 60mm parfocal distance for the objectives. The result: longer working distances and high N.A.'s, while producing images that are crisp and clear with high contrast and minimal flare. In addition, the CFI60 system provides a flexible upgrade path to accommodate various accessories to meet individual applications as well as a wide array of specialty objective lenses.

Solid construction enables high-precision focusing
Utilizing computer-aided engineering (CAE), Nikon has significantly increased the stability of the both stage 'Z' movement and that of the arm section compared with previous Eclipse models. The result is greater resistance to distortion under load, and vibrations, and temperature variations, thus reducing the chance of unwanted blur or image shifts that tend to occur during high magnification observations.

Built-in fly-eye optics ensure uniform illumination
A fly-eye field lens is incorporated in the 80i main body as standard to achieve highly uniform illumination. Reduction in light intensity at the peripheries of the view field is now a thing of the past. Digital images with uniform brightness from the center to the edges are always obtained at all magnifications, while totally filling the objective back aperture.

New Plan Apo VC objectives deliver high-resolution images right up to the edge
The new objectives have been specifically designed for digital imaging using CCD detector's. These objectives maximize the design advantage of the CFI60 optics to dramatically improve chromatic aberration and shading. It is now possible to obtain high contrast digital images with virtually no aberration throught whole viible wavelength range including 405 nm over the whole view field.

Stay-in-position stage handle
The stage handle stays at the same position throughout the full range of X/Y stage movement. Because the stage handle and the fine focus knob are always situated close to each other, operation is easy and smooth, even when these controls need to be adjusted repeatedly. Also, since the stage handle is height and tension adjustable, it can be used with your fore arm and hand resting on the bench top. On the centerable stage model, it is possible to document the specimen at the desired stage rotation angle, improving composition and while enabling the contrast shading angle e of the image to be changed freely during DIC microscopy. The durability of the stage has been improved as well, using "Alumite Technology" producing a super hard harder stage surface.

Ergonomic tube
The Siedentopf-type ergonomic eyepiece tube can be inclined at angles from 10 to 30 and the eyepieces can be extended up to 40mm. Also available are eye level risers that can raise the eyepoint height up 25mm at a time (a total of four risers can be mounted). This ensures an optimum eye level and comfortable viewing posture, regardless of the operator's physique or if intermediate modules have been attached, greatly reducing strain during long hours of observation. In addition, the optional DSC port with a 0.7X magnification permits the easy attachment of a digital camera to the ergonomic tube, enabling documentation in digital format. In this setup, the camera's focusing and centering functions can be utilized independently.

Nomarski DIC
The newly developed DIC method allows unstained specimens to be observed in 3D-relief-like images with outstanding contrast and sensitivity in the best balance by applying a new composition of the material for the as the DIC prism elements. With the Nikon DIC system, because it adopts the Senarmont method, you can comfortably fine-tune image contrast simply by rotating the polarizer located below the on the top of the condenser. Also, performance is optimized because the condenser DIC prism is perfectly matched to the condenser's top lens and objective side prism. Used together with the 80i's fly-eye digital imaging optics, it is possible to produce entirely uniform digital images with proper background color and intensity.

"Hi S/N" Epi-fluorescence/DIC microscopy
Use of DIC in combination with epi-fluorescence illumination enables researchers to accurately locate fluorescent-tagged structures or proteins as well as visualize the cellular morphology within a specimen. Used in conjunction with the new Plan Apo VC objectives, digital imaging with the highest excellent resolution and aberration correction throughout the view field is possible., regardless of the magnification.

Phase contrast microscopy
Nikon has developed unique "Apodized Phase Contrast" objectives expressively for this technique. These objectives enable the detection of minute structures-previously difficult to detect due to annoying halos-with excellent contrast and a much wider tonal range. This is ideal for specimens with varied refractive indices




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*GIF animation at top is a conoscopic image of quartz captured through an E600pol microscope using the Nikon DXM-1200 digital camera.  Courtesy of Daniel Sparling, former employee and now clergyman in training