We specialize in the restoration and sale of the fine microscopes made by ERNST LEITZ GmbH, Wetzlar (Now Leica Microsystems) in Germany. We include a one year warranty on all of our reconditioned Leitz microscopes. We provide our customers with complete and fully functional microscopy systems that may include new accessories such as LED illumination, modern digital cameras, motorized stages and focus drives for enhanced capabilities. Z-Stacking (aka EDF=extended depth of focus), image stitching, AR (augmented reality) and telemicroscopy are all digital methods that may be used with microscopes that may be 30 years old! Visit our "USED MICROSCOPES" section on this website for short details on the various Leitz microscopes we offer. We are constantly adding to our inventory that specializes in Leitz, Wild and Leica products. All are subject to prior sale. Many are offered on EBay or LabX. SAVE A MICROSCOPE FROM A TRIP TO THE LANDFILL...TAKE YOUR MICROSCOPY TO THE NEXT LEVEL FOR LESS MONEY THAN PURCHASING NEW MICROSCOPES...YES, EVEN CHINESE MAKES.
We offer LEITZ MICROSCOPES for both LIFE SCIENCE and MATERIALS SCIENCE applications. Transmission or reflected light studies. Specialized methods including phase contrast, DIC, darkfield, brightfield, polarized light and fluorescence methods. Digital photomicroscopy and HDMI for real time teaching and discussion.
LEITZ research microscopes (ORTHOPLAN AND METALOPLAN) are listed in a separate section for the discriminating microscopist with requirements going beyond the usual brightfield student and hobby brightfield microscopes. Bespoke construction is available for your specific requirements. We can provide you with optimal camera couplers for any of our RRR microscopes to mate your existing camera properly. We specialize in the Leitz microscopes made prior to 2000 and offer accessories for contrast enhancement that most serious microscopists will demand for their research and photomicroscopy needs.
Yes, BUNTON is into BESPOKE MICROSCOPY!
LEITZ DIAVERT INVERTED MICROSCOPE (VISIT USED MICROSCOPES SECTION) FOR DIGITAL PHOTOMICROSCOPY AND UNIQUE ILLUMINATION METHODS THAT INCLUDE POLARIZED LIGHT AND OBLIQUE PHASE CONTRAST AS WELL AS THE ABILITY TO AUTOMATE Z-STACKING. PERFECT MATE TO YOUR LEITZ UPRIGHT MICROSCOPE FOR AQUATICS, CELL CULTURES, EMBRYOLOGY, STUDY OF BIREFRINGENT SAMPLES AND ANY SAMPLE THAT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO VIEW USING AN UPRIGHT MICROSCOPE. THE POLARIZED LIGHT IMAGE (TOP HEADER) YOU SEE ON THIS HOME PAGE WAS CAPTURED ON THE DIAVERT WITH SIMPLE POLARIZED LIGHT AND THE FULL LAMBDA COMPENSATOR (10X OBJECTIVE). DIAVERT IS AN IDEAL INSTRUMENT FOR CLASSROOM STEAM TEACHING AS WELL AS AN ECONOMICAL CHOICE FOR MICROFLUIDICS STUDIES. CLICK ON THE YOUTUBE ICON (RED WITH WHITE ARROW) TOP RIGHT AND VIEW THE 12 MINUTE VIDEO ON THE DIAVERT CONTRASTING METHODS.
SEE OUR SPECIAL STEAM DIAVERT AT THE END OF THIS PAGE...PHASE, DARKFIELD, POLARIZED LIGHT, LED ILLUMINATION AND HDMI COLOR DIGITAL VIDEO AND PHOTOMICROSCOPY. PRICES START UNDER $3,000.00.
SEE THE NEW UPRIGHT MICROFLUIDICS MICROSCOPY SYSTEM "MHS" BY READING FURTHER......
Shopping for and purchasing used microscopes is a roll of the dice these days. Seldom will one find a completely serviced or correctly outfitted used microscope on the usual websites. Most sellers of used microscopes do not have a clue about their function or condition. Let the buyer beware! None of these sellers offer a warranty. We have seen offers for used Leitz microscopes that are missing lamps, power supplies, objectives...even the body tube and oculars. Rarely would you find a used Leitz microscope (or any other make) that has had the focus block lubed and adjusted properly....Bunton offers only complete systems and our warranty and support after the sale is a rarely found when you deal with individuals or companies lacking the necessary expertise in these areas. I am fortunate to have two gentlemen (former employees) who now do independent microscope servicing, repair, PM and modifications. Visit our "Microscope Service" section on this website.
Contact me with any questions.....we stand ready to help you select a microscope to meet your needs and budget. REPAIR and RE-USE to help reduce your carbon footprint. Add modern made-in-America LED illumination and adapt old film camera attachments for use with modern digital imagers.
We accept UNIVERSITY and GOVERNMENT PURCHASE ORDERS with NET 30 PAYMENT TERMS. All other transactions are via Paypal or prepayment by check or bank wire. Why purchase NEW and very expensive microscopes that do not meet your EXACT REQUIREMENTS. "There are many microscopes, but few microscopists" (Glenn Richards - U of MN microscopy instructor). Together we can quote you a microscope system to meet your exact requirements.
NOZL (Nikon, Olympus, Zeiss and Leitz/Leica) microscopes and high quality optics are expensive. A set of apochromatic and fluorite plano objectives can easily cost over $10,000.00 for current, new laboratory microscopes. Bunton can provide you with a fully restored Leitz microscope with better mechanics and optics based on your exact requirements.....for less money than a few new objectives.....microscope and camera attachment included. Let us spec-out a microscope for your exact needs and save you a lot of money at the same time. Let's get these fine old microscope off the surplus shelves and put them back in use for the next 20 or so years. Clean-and-lubricate. Update to LED lighting, re-use old film camera attachments with modern digital cameras. RRR and reduce energy use by refurbishing microscopes that have been neglected and "put-away" in a closet. We are Leitz experts on the products made in Wetzlar from about 1960-1990....nothing like them on the market today. The many Chinese made products are getting expensive and do not come close to the quality and performance of a restored Leitz research instrument.
Why do we so many old microscopes being offered on Ebay? They are all in need of proper cleaning, lubrication and optical alignment. Just about all of them are missing key components such as lighting, optics, power supplies and even items such as body tubes, stages and nosepieces. We locate the missing pieces and take care of the full restoration process. We have nearly 150 LEITZ MICROSCOPES in our possession and we offer many of them on Ebay with a one year warranty. We provide fully functional microscopes only...no surprises for the buyer. We are unique as Ebay sellers....most sellers on Ebay are clueless on microscopes and their use. Still, without Ebay, I would not be providing Leitz microscopes that were built up to 40 years ago! I know the line (after 60 years in the microscope business) and I have the associates who can provide the proper restoration process to bring existing microscope back to use.
Don't waste your valuable funds on buying new microscopes that cost twice the price of a Bunton-restored microscope. Contact me with any questions or if you want to just chat about your applications and field of study now and in the future.
Thanks for listening!
FROM ISRAEL....A MODULE FOR WIDEFIELD PHOTOMICROSCOPY AND ANNOTATIONS....
GO TO YOUTUBE AND SEARCH "AUGMENTIQS ARM"...ABOUT 15 PRODUCT INFO AND APPLICATION DEMOS.
AND WSI CAPABILITIES FOR YOUR EXISTING INFINITY CORRECTED UPRIGHT MICROSCOPE!!!!
NEW FEATURE OPTION FOR AUGMENTIQS. USE THE INTERNAL GLOBAL SHUTTER CAMERA FOR MANUAL WSI VIRTUAL SLIDE CREATION WITH A CLICK OR TWO!
AUGMENTIQS AR-MICROSCOPE MODULE FOR DIGITAL WIDEFIELD PHOTOMICROSCOPY AND TELEPATHOLOGY. AUGMENTED REALITY FOR YOUR EXISTING MICROSCOPE.
OPTION FOR WSI WITH INTERNAL CAMERA THAT IS SET UP FOR WIDEFIELD IMAGE TILES-SPEEDS UP WSI SCANS 2-3x FASTER THAN USING AN EXTERNAL CAMERA AND COUPLER! ANNOTATE ON-THE-FLY.
SAVE TIME, MEASURE, ANNOTATE AND USE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. QUICKLY SWITCH OVER TO WHOLE SLIDE IMAGE CAPTURE WHEN NEEDED - THE NEW AGE OF DIGITAL PATHOLOGY-AUGMENTIQS!
MONITOR THE XY STAGE POSITION AS WELL AS THE OBJECTIVE LENS BEING USED IN REALTIME.
SHOWN BELOW ON ANY INFINITY TUBE LENGTH CORRECTED UPRIGHT MICROSCOPE. IF YOUR OBJECTIVE LENSES HAVE AN INFINITY SYMBOL ENGRAVED YOU ARE GOOD TO GO FOR AUGMENTIQS.
NOW INCLUDES ALGORITHM FOR KI-67 CELL DETECTION PERCENTAGES. RAPID AI FOR TILs and PD-L1 IHC ANALYSIS. RESECTION MARGIN ANALYSIS...LYMPH NODE STATUS. TELEPATHOLOGY OPTION FOR UNLIMITED NUMBER OF INVITED PARTICIPANTS INTO THE FIELD OF VIEW OF YOUR OPTICAL MICROSCOPE. THE PRIMARY PATHOLOGIST WITH THE AUGMENTIQS STATION SIMPLE SENDS EACH VIEWER THE SOFTWARE FOR THEIR COMPUTER....THEY DO NOT NEED AUGMENTIQS HARDWARE AT THEIR END TO SEE WHAT YOU SEE IN YOUR OWN OCULARS!
VISIT: www.augmentiqs.com for more details and go to our chapter "COMPUTER CONTROLLED"
Please take the time to view the two part webinar discussion with Liron Pantanowitz (UMich Ann Arbor) and Dan Rudmann of Charles River Labs......good info on the direction for ARM and how it is quite different than WSI in terms of interaction, price and keeping the pathologist in the driver's seat of his own microscope - TURBO-CHARGE your existing microscope with Augmentiqs and Microvisioneer! Details on "manualWSI" from Microvisioneer below....
We are pleased to announce our newest microscopy system called "MHS" (microfluidics high speed) from MotionScope. The MHS includes a special microscope, high speed (fps) monochrome camera, software and USA support. Up to 1000+ frames per second using a global shutter Sony CMOS sensor camera. A color global shutter camera is available as an option for epifluorescence investigations. Camera is easily removed from this microscope and may be used with the viewer for any conventional microscope in your lab (upright or inverted type with camera port).
The MHS is designed to eliminate any vibrations to the image. Flicker-free LED for both transmission and incident light (coaxial illumination) is built-in to the basic instrument. The entire microscope carrier is mounted on precision linear rails and a very precise fine focus micrometer drive results in live focusing prior to recording high speed sample movements.
Manual mechanical XY stage with 50mm x 80mm scan range and coaxial substage knob controls. Image below tells the story on using a high speed global shutter camera.
NOW AVAILABLE WITH OUR OWN EPIFLUORESCENCE VERTICAL ILLUMINATOR WITH INTERCHANGEABLE FILTER CUBES AND HIGH INTENSITY LED FOR BLUE (GFP, NILE RED) OR GREEN LIGHT EXCITATION.
HIGH MAGNIFICATION OPTION USING THE USA-MADE INFINITY VIDEOMAX KC MICROSCOPE.
Set up for options to include macroscopic or microscopic imaging. Coaxial illumination is an option and both transmission and incident LED (flicker-free) is offered. Software includes the ability to change camera shutter speed as well as to quantify linear dimensions of microchannels and sample size. Set up for Windows 10 or better operating systems (user provides suitable computer).
Priced in the $10-13,000.00 range. Contact Bunton for a quote or to answer any questions you may have.
ADD OUR GLOBAL SHUTTER HIGH SPEED CAMERA AND MICROFLUIDICS SOFTWARE TO YOUR EXISTING MICROSCOPE....UNDER $2,500.00. GO TO "ORDERING DETAILS" FOR CODE AND PRICING. FREE 2 WEEK EVALUATION FOR QUALIFIED LABS.
GO TO OUR "DIGITAL IMAGING SOLUTIONS" CHAPTER FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON MHS MICROFLUIDIC MICROSCOPY.
Take a look at our YouTube demo on this software called manualWSI. www.microvisioneer.com is the perfect economical solution for WSI image stitching in pathology and cytology. Perfect for those intending to validate WSI prior to implementation...for under $3,400.00. That price includes the software that is downloaded to your computer (Windows 10 or better) as well as a global shutter camera with the latest Sony Pregius sensor. 5.6 or 9MP performance and a suitable c-mount coupler for your existing microscope. Special packages are offered that include the new infinity corrected microscope, computer and 4K displayer. Here you move the XY mechanical stage of the microscope and collect and stitch each field of view while watching the display screen to monitor focus and whole slide image progress. Once complete, the WSI (virtual image) is ready for sharing with others or archived for future reference. Perfect for students and small departments that wish to create teaching WSI images for special cases, stains or group discussions in the classroom. Great for virtual slide making duties with any microscope objective on the nosepiece.....10x-100x.
manualWSI is now available in a FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY version. Use with high apeture oil or water immersion lenses. This option sells for an additional $1,000.00.
SOFTWARE AND CAMERA PACKAGES START UNDER $3500.00. Use classic optical methods such as phase contrast, DIC, darkfield and fluorescence. Difficult slides (plastic embedded, opaque samples, thin mineral samples...polarized light) that would be impossible to view with other slide scanners. Ideal for student use and replacing glass slides with virtual slides.
DUE DILIGENCE INFO:
AI and DEEP LEARNING ....ON LINE IMAGE ANALYSIS FOR WSI IMAGES: www.hs-analysis.com
3D reconstruction of serial sections: www.micro-dimensions.com
Voloom software and free viewer (called ZOOM) for WSI images stitched with manual WSI from Microvisioneer.
NEW....manualWSI-SC (screen capture) for any global shutter *camera. Details upon request. Global shutter cameras are required for WSI image stitching. Rolling shutters would cause distorted images when doing the stitching process. We like the Basler (Germany) cameras.
USE THE INTERNAL CAMERA OF THE AUGMENTIQS ARM MODULE AND PERFORM WSI AS NEEDED FOR ROI OR SPECIAL CASES THAT YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE AND SHARE WITH OTHERS...NOW ARM AND WSI ALL ON THE SAME MICROSCOPE FOR LESS MONEY THAN A BASIC WSI INSTRUMENT! TURBO-CHARGE YOUR EXISTING MICROSCOPE. DROP US A NOTE WITH YOUR MICROSCOPE MAKE AND MODEL AND WE CAN GO FROM THERE.
manualWSI image stitching is now available for existing ZEISS (305, 503,506,512, 702,705,712 and MR(3))and OLYMPUS (DP 22/27/28 and DP 73/74/80 models) cameras. We can also provide global shutter CMOS cameras from Basler and Tucsen if you want a complete solution out of the box.
NEW VIRTUAL MICROSCOPY PLATFORM - FREE!
All manualWSI packages will now include free access to www.crosscope.com "Scholar" cloud platform to empower users with fully remote work flows. Capture WSI and upload in one "go"
* Minimum 10fps at full resolution. Be sure the displayer resolution matches that of the camera being used.
Do you have an older fluorescence microscope with mercury arc lamp?
Do you have a fluorescence microscope not being used because the power supply is not operational and can't be fixed? Are you tired of dropping $200 on hazardous mercury burners every two hundred hours...and then having to do alignment procedures? IF SO, BUNTON NOW OFFERS A USA-MADE LED CONVERSION SOLUTION! (PHOTO LEFT MOUNTED ON A LEITZ LABORLUX 12 UPRIGHT WITH PLOEM ILLUMINATOR). ADAPTERS INCLUDED FOR JUST ABOUT EVERY OPTICAL MICROSCOPE MADE IN THE PAST 50 YEARS. SELECT FROM THE NEWEST 360NM (NEAR UV FOR DAPI), 460NM BLUE OR 540NM GREEN. INTEGRATED HEAT SINK AND VARIABLE INTENSITY WITHIN EASY REACH. CUT WAY DOWN ON QUENCHING AND SAVE LOTS OF $$$ OVER PURCHASING HAZARDOUS AND INEFFICIENT MERCURY ARC BULBS EVERY 200 HOURS.
AND OUR NEW MULTIPLE LED ILLUMINATORS WITH RAPID SWITCHING FOR THREE OR FOUR VISABLE RANGE SPIKES......
WE CAN PROVIDE ADAPTERS TO CONNECT TO JUST ABOUT ANY MAKE OR MODEL UPRIGHT OR INVERTED MICROSCOPE. DETAILS UPON REQUEST. WORKS WITH YOUR EXISTING PLOEM ILLUMINATOR, FILTER MODULES AND OPTICAL SET. OUR NEWEST LED OFFERING (IMMEDIATE LEFT PHOTO) ALLOWS YOU TO PRESET THREE OR FOUR SPECTRA INTENSITY LEVELS INDIVIDUALLY FOR RAPID FILTER CUBE SWITCHING TO CHECK DAPI, FITC, CY5 (BLUE, GREEN, RED STOKES SHIFT EMISSION COLORS). SHOWN WITH A LEITZ FLUOVERT INVERTED MICROSCOPE AND DIGITAL CONTROL UNIT.
EASILY ADAPTED TO SPECIAL MICROSCOPY SYSTEMS INCLUDING EPIFLUORESCENCE FOR MACROSCOPIC WORK WITH EMBRYOS, ZEBRA FISH, C-ELEGANS, FLIES ETC. ASK ABOUT OUR NEW RetroFL MACRO/MICROSCOPE FOR DIGITAL IMAGING AND Z-STACKING.
PHOTO (LEFT) WAS PROVIDED BY BRIAN MATSUMOTO AND CAPTURED ON AN OLYMPUS BX-51 MICROSCOPE WITH A 60X WATER IMMERSION 1.2na OBJECTIVE. HIGH APERTURE WATER IMMERSION OPTICS (40X, 50X, 60X, 100X) ARE VERY GOOD ALTERNATIVES TO OIL IMMERSION. EXCELLENT RESOLUTION WITHOUT THE MESS OF OIL. MITOCHONDRIA (RED), F-actin (GREEN) AND DNA (BLUE). THREE EXPOSURES PROCESSED IN PHOTOSHOP.
PHOTO AT END OF THIS PAGE (#3) SHOWS OUR NEWEST LED FROM CHINA. THIS MODEL HAS THREE INDEPENDENT LEDS WITH INTENSITY ADJUSTMENT FOR DICHROIC CUTS AT 365NM, 470NM AND 560NM....DAPI, GFP AND TRITC FOR EXAMPLE....BLUE, GREEN, RED EMISSIONS. RAPID ON-OFF AND 20,000 HOUR PLUS LED LIFETIMES. THAT IS ABOUT THE SAME AS OVER 200 MERCURY ARC REPLACEMENT BULBS EVERY 100 OR SO HOURS OF BURN TIME...AT $200.00 PER BULB! LESS THAN $3,400.00 WITH AN ADAPTER FOR YOUR MAKE/MODEL MICROSCOPE. CONTACT US FOR A QUOTE. WE HONOR PURCHASE ORDERS FROM SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENT LAB FACILITIES IN THE USA.
VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR DEMO OF BOTH NEW LED MODULES.
Visit "ORDERING DETAILS" or "ILLUMINATION" on our "ACCESSORIES" pages on our website.
MICROSCOPY FOR DISABLED STUDENTS AND ADULT WORKERS..... Visit:
www.resna.org and search: Access Scope from Purdue University. Contact us for details. We are also offering a special microscope for students and adult workers with LOW VISION.....IRIS VISION HMD. (SEE PHOTO AT BOTTOM OF PAGE LEFT). A GOOD HDMI CAMERA MOUNTED ON A MICROSCOPE WITH A GOOD LIGHT SOURCE AND OPTICS IS ALL THAT IS NEEDED.
We offer LEITZ microscopes equipped with LED illumination, phase contrast, darkfield and HDMI real time cameras with SD card for recording stills as well as short full motion events. Electronic pointer and all camera functions are controlled by a mouse. On-screen menu. See one of these cameras and LED lamps mounted on the Diavert at the end of this page. STEAM learning centers need equipment far beyond the usual monocular brightfield teaching microscopes, magnifiers , $1.00 cardboard "scopes" and power-point presentations. Open the doors to biology for the students.....special purchase plans are available to K-12 schools that are ready to go outside of the usual learning box.
RRR MICROSCOPE OF THE MONTH - LEITZ ORTHOLUX!
The world's first modular microscope that may be outfitted with LED, digital camera adapter, phase contrast, darkfield, polarized light, incident light and basic brightfield. German precision and optics in a classic modular design. Ortholux is a great foundation microscope for hobbyist and citizen scientist requirements. Adapt your existing digital camera for high quality photomicroscopy and digital cine.
Prices start under $2000.00 with phototube, polarized light, darkfield and brightfield capabilities. Serviced with one year warranty by Bunton Instrument.
ORTHOLUX II replaced the Ortholux I model in the 1970's. Shown with modern LED illumination and a camera lucida tracing device, the Ortholux II may be equipped for phase contrast, fluorescence or polarized light studies. The zoom lens in the photo port is taken from an obsolete Vario Orthomat camera rig and then adapted to c-mount or DSLR cameras. RRR
Ortholux II has full interchangeability of major components (lamps, tubes, optics) with the inverted instrument of that era...DIAVERT. See a photo of Diavert at the very end of this home page.
Ortholux II is a very modular and expandable German-made instrument.
The LEITZ ORTHOPLAN is the flagship instrument for about twenty-five years. The first research microscope with up to 28mm field index due to larger prisms in the body tube, GW super-widefield oculars and plano objectives....up to 2.5X the field of view with comparable research microscopes. Shown with the famous PLOEM illuminator.
Bunton Instrument is proud to keep these fine Leitz microscopes in use. So many are collecting dust on surplus shelves or in landfills around the world. All they need is TLC and expertise to bring them back to a new and useful precision instrument. We provide that expertise with every RRR Bunton Leitz microscope we offer. We offer a ONE YEAR WARRANTY and back each sale with our 60-plus year experience with these Leitz microscopes. I am not aware of any other USA company with the ability to properly service these instruments and back their overhauls with a one year warranty. We can help you find old parts or, at least, give you free guidance on where to look and provide part numbers etc. Swiss-made Wild (MPS) camera attachment (above right) has been repurposed by our shop for use with full frame 35 (43mm diagonal) sensor cameras. Also useable for smaller sensors such as APS-C. A LEITZ DIALUX 20 microscope with our RRR MPS MODULE is shown in the photo above. The Canon EOS camera is connected to a Canon T-Mount adapter that connects to the M42 male thread at the top of the 0.32x lens inside the MPS housing. All set for LIVE VIEW on your computer!
We also RRR the old Leitz Orthomat W film cameras (costing over $5000.00 when discontinued years ago!) Here we recycle the electronics and just use the ZOOM optical core mated to a M42 thread adapter tube. This may be the only OPTICAL ZOOM DLSR/MILC COUPLER for microscopes on the planet. 2X to 3.2x range for use on the Orthoplan or any later Leitz research model with the larger prisms in the body tube. See our report on camera couplers for small format cameras in the section covering digital cameras and photomicroscopy. This modified MPS is also useable on Nikon photoports (38mm) as well as older Wild stereo microscope phototubes with 38mm open port.
Photos below show our latest LED (USA) illuminators for epifluorescence studies....replaces MERCURY ARC LAMPS.
CONTACT US REGARDING THE CURRENT LEITZ MICROSCOPE AVAILABILITY. WE ARE HAPPY TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS AND HOW WE MIGHT PROVIDE YOU WITH A FINE INSTRUMENT THAT IS WITHIN YOUR BUDGET. WE DO NOT SELL INDIVIDUAL LEITZ MICROSCOPE PARTS......WE ONLY SELL COMPLETE LEITZ MICROSCOPES AND GIVE YOU THE FLEXIBILITY TO USE YOUR EXISTING LEITZ PARTS THAT YOU MAY HAVE ON HAND.
THE TWO PHOTOS YOU SEE HERE WILL ILLUSTRATE THE RANGE OF PERFORMANCE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL K2-DISTAMAX. THE SAMPLE IC IMAGE ILLUSTRATES THE NWE FRONT OPTIC WITH AN ADAPTER FOR USE WITH A MICROSCOPE OBJECTIVE.....THE SECOND IMAGE (by Hillar Ilves), "HALF MOON" WAS CAPTURED USING THE K2 WITH NWE FRONT LENS.....NOTHING ON THIS ROCK CAN MATCH THAT CAPABILITY!
INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL IN COLORADO, IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW MICROSCOPE BUILDERS IN AMERICA. The unique design of most models make these instruments true microscopes for use with digital cameras at the back-end. An early MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE is shown below:
The photomicrographs captured by Charles Krebs will illustrate the optical performance merits of the Infinity Photo Optical InfiniProbe TS-160. The photo of the TS-160 mounted on a stereo microscope support stand is ideal for high resolution photomicroscopy with a DSLR or MILC.....the TS-160 comes with both a macro(on stand)and micro(on main photo)interchangeable front lens. Note the twin flash head fixture for high intensity flash units. Wireless Nikon flash heads are in the photo of the TS-160 on microscope stand. TS-160 is perfect for manual Z-stacking using software from Zerene or Helicon. Another unit is called the KC-VIDEOMAX. The KC may also be used with full frame cameras but it is optimized for use with motorized sample stages for automatic z-stacking with products such as our Retro-ZED described above. You will not get such images using a camera on even the best stereo microscope (single photo channel). You will have the ability to capture photomacro or photomicro images with the same microscope...simply by changing optical components. Use with your DSLR and small format (HD) camera (for training and group discussions) at the same time. Create EDF (extended depth of focus) Z-stacks that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with even the best single channel macrozooms.....for a lot less money. All are made in the USA with a five year warranty. Thanks to Charles Krebs for his fantastic photomacrographs captured with TS-160....all z-stacked for EDF.
The LEITZ DIAVERT microscope (shown below) is available for biotech labs, citizen scientists and biology teachers who wish to have a very modular microscope for samples ranging from live aquatic organisms to cultured cells. BUNTON offers a ONE YEAR WARRANTY on all of our RRR microscopes. Qualified microscope techs are hard to find in the USA. We have listed two for your consideration here in Maryland.
The two most common issues with an optical microscope are the focus block and light source. Unfortunately there are quite a few "spit-and-polish" microscope "repair" techs in the USA but rarely will you find the expertise needed to address serious lubrication or part failures that are hidden from external inspection. Having the correct tools for microscope service is important. Using factory specified DIN lubricants is a must. Some tools are hand-made for disassembly of some Leitz focus blocks. SEE PHOTO ABOVE. One needs to know the exact procedure for disassembly, lubrication (with correct lubes) and reassembly and adjustment. Further, once in useable condition, the microscope will require periodic maintenance (preventative) to continue useable service and provide the user with first-class images. Simple DIY optical cleaning (front lenses of objectives, clean eyepieces and condenser lens) should be taught every user of an optical microscope. Even the correct cleaning solutions and tools must be on-hand for all users to keep things clean and clear as they use the microscope on a daily basis.
Today's microscopes can be difficult to use if one is not familiar with "all the bells and whistles", knobs, and switches. Many high end microscopes are now being used by the second or third generation scientists and, without an owner's manual, one can be at a loss for good operation technique. The basic controls are on all microscopes no matter the make or model. It is import to fully understand these basic functions and how to set up your microscope for the best image. Fortunately there is quite a bit of useful information on the internet and most NOZL microscope owner's manual are available upon request or easily downloaded. Older model microscopes may require one to search for original documentation. We can help for most NOZL models...or, at least, point you to a good website source or local expert in your area who should have manuals.
Check out our YouTube channel by hitting the icon at the top right of this page (red with white pointer). This is a great way to view our many special accessories for microscopy and view proper assembly and use.
Our founder, James F. Averill, always said "when in doubt, read the instruction book". Many times a new user of an older Leitz scope will be baffled by some of the controls and their exact function. We can help you along these lines with key pages from our Leitz archives that may include information for proper use that is not even in the factory "instruction books". We always look forward to being of service!