Bunton Instrument Co., Inc. has a long history of developing and building special accessories for use with microscopes. Having skilled machinists and a complete machine shop, we have created many special items over the years. These include low magnification darkfield illuminators after Hinsch-Goldman and Mears. Lamp adapters to convert old Leitz microscopes to accept modern halogen lighting. Micromanipulator support bases and hydraulic microinjectors that were instrumental in the creation of transgenic mice and, yes, for human IVF methods.
We built the first Ploem illuminator in America back in the 1960's .... before E. Leitz offered it for sale on the Ortholux!
The newest MIKROMAK optic from Infinity Photo Optical in Colorado is the ideal optical microscope accessory for digital cinematography duties. Bayonet this microscope front end to a modern DSLR with 4K video or to a Black Magic high speed for slo-mo and dedicated digital cine duties in the lab or on location. The LED you see mounted on the right has a rechargeable battery and flash synch as well as variable intensity for use as a modeling lamp or sole light source special effects to get light to the "nooks and crannies".
Visit www.infinity-usa.com for more details on Mikromak options as well as prices.
WIRELESS RECHARGEABLE LED LAMP SHOWN RIGHT IS CALLED "LUMELED"....CONTACT US FOR DETAILS AND A WIDE RANGE OF FIXTURES AND LAMP CARRIERS....THIS ONE FEATURES BUILT IN STROBE FLASH MODE THAT IS PERFECT FOR Z-STACK OR STILL PHOTOMACROGRAPHY
A UK TEAM HAS PUT TOGETHER SOME VERY INTERESTING LIGHTING ACCESSORIES. IN ADDITION TO LED PHOTOMACRO LIGHTING THEY HAVE NOW STARTED SHIPPING THEIR BRAND NEW MACRO FLASH HEADS THAT CAN BE USED WITH THEIR OWN APP AND POWER SUPPLY FOR COMBINED LED MODELING ILLUMINATION AND HIGH INTENSITY FLASH FEATURE
POLARIZED LIGHT KITS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE LEITZ DIAVERT INVERTED MICROSCOPE - ANALYSERS FOR LEITZ MICROSCOPES WITH SLOT FOR MODELS SUCH AS ORTHOLUX I/II, ORTHOPLAN, DIALUX 20/22, DIALUX, AND LABORLUX S.
USEFUL ACCESSORY ITEMS FOR PHOTOMICROSCOPY AND SAMPLE POSITIONING
Here is a very nicely designed stage from China. Notice that the coaxial drive for XY movement is facing "up" for easy manual positioning of the circular rotating stage (theta) and your sample. This stage is easily used on stereo microscopes or on a copy stand or special Bunton stand for z-stacking duties. Great for insects, small parts or use with the Bunton RetroCUP tilting stage. Contact us for pricing or any specific ideas on how it might be used to meet your requirements.
THESE COMPONENT PARTS OF RetroZED ARE 3D PRINTED HERE IN THE USA. THE DESIGN IS QUITE UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE. EVEN THE FLEXIBLE GRIPPER CUPS ARE 3D PRINTED AND PROVIDE THE USER WITH A PERFECT CONNECTION BETWEEN STEPPER MOTOR AND FINE FOCUS KNOB....ON JUST ABOUT ANY COMPOUND MICROSCOPE. PROVISION FOR VARIOUS HEIGHTS ALLOWS RETROZED TO BE USED ON MULTIPLE MICROSCOPES WITH DIFFERENT SIZED FINE FOCUS KNOBS AND POSITION IN RELATION TO THE WORK TABLE SURFACE.
STANDARD SIZED GRIPPER CUPS ARE 25, 30,35 AND 40MM AND CUSTOM-MADE CUPS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. INDIVIDUAL CUPS ARE ONLY $25.00 EACH AND ONE COMES WITH EACH RetroZED KIT THAT ALSO INCLUDES THE STEPPER MOTOR AND STACKSHOT CONTROLLER.
ALREADY HAVE A STACKSHOT CONTROLLER? NO PROBLEM, WE CAN SELL YOU JUST WHAT YOU SEE HERE ALONG WITH THE CORRECT STEPPER MOTOR AND CABLE TO PLUG DIRECTLY INTO YOUR EXISTING CONTROLLER AND CABLE NORMALLY USED WITH THE COGNISYS MOTORIZED FOCUS RAIL.
CONTACT BUNTON FOR BOOKING YOUR RetroZED in 2022
STAY TUNED FOR NEW ACCESSORIES COMING IN 2022
Thanks to additive manufacturing methods (3D printing) we are pleased to announce a re-make of an old Leitz and Bunton item. This special device is only for use on Leitz condenser #600 series...the most popular sub-stage condenser with swing-out top lens (usually 0.90). If you insert the push-in stop with the patch-stop at the bottom you will be able to do phase with a Leitz PHACO 25 or 40 objective. If you reverse the unit with the patch-stop at the top you end up with a way to get very nice darkfield using objectives as low as 2.5x by simply swinging the top lens out of the light path. Contact us for details.
We will also be offering our own dual filter holder, polarizer, analyser slider and first order red compensator for use with Leitz microscopes (170mm TL) such as Ortholux, Orthoplan, Labolux, Dialux and Ortholux II.
Available Q3-2021....send us a note if you would like to learn more.
Here you will see one of the original Carl Zeiss Axioskops. You can find these on Ebay quite easily. Other infinity corected microscope stands from Nikon, Olympus and Leica can also be selected. Many times these microscope stands are missing key items like the body tube and light source. We can easily upgrade the lighting with USA-made LED illumination that benefits from a constant color temperature when doing color digital photomicroscopy. Notice our own RetroZED module for Z-stacking with Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus. We also show the USA-made ULTIMA that allows for parfocalization and attachment of full frame sensor cameras (24x36mm) by adding the UNIPAR 0.33X optic. Interchangeable photo oculars to meet your needs....5X to 12X. Also useable with APS-C sensor consumer cameras as well as small format sensor cameras calling for C-mount adapters.
Oculars are not needed when using your camera in "Live View" mode....do all framing, composition and Z-stacking sequences directly from your computer displayer.
RetroZED automates the Z-stacking procedure by allowing the microscopist to select top and bottom focus levels and Z-step dimension (to sub-micron precision). Uses Cognisys Stackshot controller (made in America).
INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL IS LOCATED NEAR DENVER AND THEY OFFER A FULL LINEUP OF SPECIAL MICROSCOPES THAT ARE DESIGNED FOR DIY PROJECTS IN BOTH LIFE AND INDUSTRIAL/MATERIALS SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS. NOTE THE USA-MADE LED RETROFIT (3D PRINTED) ALONG WITH DIMMER CONTROLLER. UNDER $200.00. FORGET LIGHT BULBS FOREVER. CONSTANT COLOR TEMP AND VERY HOMOGENOUS ILLUMINATION.
HAVE AN OLD MICROSCOPE IN NEED OF A FOCUS DRIVE OVERHAUL? CONTACT OUR SERVICE TEAM TO PUT OLDER MICROSCOPES BACK TO USE
RRR IS GOOD PRACTICE
CONTACT BUNTON WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR IF YOU NEED PRICES
TAKE A LOOK AT MORE DETAILS ON ULTIMA AND INFOCUS FROM INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL....
The digital camera image may be the ideal way to view your sample for analysis, processing and photomicroscopy. ULTIMA is a product that replaces a trinocular body tube, eyepieces and expensive camera couplers. It may be used with small format (c-mount) cameras or large format sensor cameras up to full-frame 35 (43mm diagonal). They are microscope make-specific and only for the current generations of infinity corrected upright microscopes. Optics inside of ULTIMA are specific for objectives made by Nikon, Olympus, Motic, Zeiss and Leica. A unique feature exists for parfocalizing two objectives .... 10x and 40x for example. The ULTIMA is ideal for dedicated photo systems or any microscope workstation that involves 100% display monitor interaction .... such as MICROVISIONEER image stitching package offered by Bunton (manualWSI).
SEE ULTIMA IN THE PHOTO ABOVE WITH UNIPAR 0.33X AND THE PHOTO EYEPIECE ADAPTER THAT ALLOWS INTERCHANGEABLE OCULAR MAGS....SIMPLY BACK OUT THAT THUMB SCREW AND MAKE THE EXCHANGE.....10X IS THE USUAL CHOICE.
THE ADVANTAGE OF SUCH A SYSTEM THAT USES INFINITY TUBE LENGTH DESIGNED MICROSCOPES IS THAT ONE CAN USE JUST ABOUT ANY INFINITY CORRECTED OBJECTIVE LENS ON THE NOSEPIECE TURRET. MOST SERIOUS Z-STACKERS WILL BE USING CERTAIN MATERIALS SCIENCE OBJECTIVE LENSES (NO COVERGLASS CORRECTION) OR LOW MAG APOCHROMATIC OBJECTIVES SUCH AS 4X OR 5X.
SUCH DIY PHOTOMICROSCOPY SYSTEMS MAY THEN BACKLIGHT OPAQUE SAMPLES (INSECTS, MINERALS/MICROMOUNTS, ELECTRONICS, BOTANICALS ETC) USING THE TRANSILLUMINATOR AND COLORED GEL FILTERS WHILE SIDE LIGHTING WITH FIBER OPTIC OR LAMPS SUCH AS LUMELED
VISIT: www.krebsmicro.com and www.cognisys-inc.com
Similar look to the ULTIMA, the INFOCUS is much more. The patented optical design permits "dynamic focusing" of your sample (transmitted light biological slides) at high magnification. The idea is to correct for spherical aberrations caused by samples with incorrect coverglass thickness. Most transmitted light objectives will be corrected for a coverslip that is 0.17mm thick (#1.5). If you use a coverslip that is thinner or thicker you will end up with a "soft", low contrast image. The old solution is to have mid-range dry objectives with a coverglass correction collar. Inverted microscopes may have a correction collar for adjusting the thickness of the dish or chamber in which the cells are growing. Correction collars are rarely used properly. ULTIMA and INFOCUS are for upright style microscopes. You must also consider the thickness of the mounting media between the sample and the coverslip .... this is usually unknown. It becomes very subjective in that you adjust the collar on the objective until the detail looks best. The INFOCUS includes its own large knurled ring to internally adjust for the optimum optical setting when doing critical photomicroscopy, realtime digital viewing or digital cine. INFOCUS then, does not require objectives with correction collars. You could use them and just leave them at one setting (0.17). Use INFOCUS to fine-tune the detail until it looks best to your eye. Nothing like this on the market .... dynamic focusing. For use with any digital camera (up to full frame 35 size)you may select. No eyepieces needed. PHOTO RIGHT: Zeiss Standard is converted for use with current infinity corrected objectives (RMS thread) that include original Carl Zeiss infinity objectives as well as those from Olympus and Motic. Add our RetroZED and you have the perfect Z-STACKING SYSTEM
The two images below were captured by Dr. Brian Matsumoto. He used an Olympus infinity corrected plan apo 40x (dry) with n.a.=0.85 with coverglass correction collar. Sample is a trichrome-stained fibrous cartilage (left 1/3). Left photo with correction collar set incorrectly while the right photo shows the same sample with the correction collar in the correct position. High dry objectives without a correction collar (i.e., fixed at 0.17mm coverglass thickness) will not provide one with all-around good results.....INFOCUS solves this problem!
BOTH ULTIMA AND INFOCUS ARE EXCELLENT OPTIONS FOR USE WITH MICROVISIONEER WSI WORKSTATIONS.
This interesting product comes to the USA from Israel. The module is placed between the normal viewing tube with oculars and the top of the microscope stand. Augmentiqs.com is only for modern upright microscopes with infinity tube length optical train. Older finite tube length microscopes will not work with this module. Such retrofitting is only possible with infinity corrected microscopes since we are extending the tube length a few inches and such modern microscopes permit such component insertions without optical compromise. A new 5MP global shutter color camera (inside the module) is included and permits a wider photographic field of view than an externally mounted camera with c-mount or DSLR coupler. Use the internal camera for WSI using manualWSI from www.microvisioneer.com in Germany. AR capability while viewing with the oculars is an option. Options exist for AI as well as for realtime telepathology. Contact us with any questions after viewing the www.augmentiqs.com website.
THE PHOTO TO YOUR LEFT IS A SCHEMATIC OF THE AUGMENTIQS - NOTE THE EXTERNAL CAMERA (LEFT) THAT IS USED FOR MONITORING MARKERS ON EACH OBJECTIVE LENS FOR AUTOMATIC MAGNIFICATION CALIBRATION AND MORPHOMETRICS....ALSO USED TO MONITOR THE SLIDE LABEL/BAR CODE AS WELL AS THE STAGE X/Y LOCATION AT ALL TIMES.....VERY SMART. REMOTE ROBOTIC CONTROL IS COMING!
NOW YOU CAN ADD MANUAL WSI TO THE AUGMENTIQS ARM MODULE - TURBO-CHARGE YOUR EXISTING MICROSCOPE WITH BOTH TECHNOLOGIES FOR LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A DEDICATED WSI SYSTEM
CONTACT US TO FIND OUT IF YOUR EXISTING MICROSCOPE CAN BE UPGRADED FOR ARM AND WSI