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 crated 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 (see below) 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
THIS NEW HIGH INTENSITY (VARIABLE) LED MODULE IS MADE OF METAL AND FEATURES A 1/4-20 FIXTURE FOR EASY MOUNTING TO MANY MICROSCOPE ARRANGEMENTS - SEE THE "LIGHTING ACCESSORIES" PAGE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
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 RETROVID KIT THAT ALSO INCLUDES THE STEPPER MOTOR AND STACKSHOT CONTROLLER (NOT SHOWN HERE...SEE OUR HOME PAGE)
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 COCNISYS MOTORIZED FOCUS RAIL.
COMPLETE RETROZED KIT IS $775.00
CAMERA LUCIDA (Drawing Attachment) .... for MOTIC K-Series stereo microscopes as well as older WILD stereo microscopes (M3, M5, M7/7S, M8 et al). Illustrators have been using "camera lucida" on microscopes for well over 100 years. Before film, this is how images were documented for text books and research. The drawing attachment is positioned LEFT or RIGHT and you will see your drawing superimposed on the optical image in the oculars. We also can offer Leitz compound microscopes with the Leitz DRAWING DEVICE for high magnification illustration. This is one accessory item that the Chinese makes have not created....."if you can see it, you can draw it".
VIDEO/PHOTOTUBE .... for MOTIC stereo microscopes as well as older M3, M5, M7, M8 models. Photo tubes include dual iris for improved contrast and depth of focus control. Shown with a small format camera but easily adapted for DSLR or MILC....optics selected are based on the camera sensor diagonal dimension to avoid vignetting. One viewing ocular port is "blank" when in the photo/video mode to your camera.
MOTIC NOW OFFERS A FULL SET OF PLANO APOCHROMATIC OBJECTIVES WITH HIGH NUMERICAL APERTURES FOR BRIGHTFIELD STUDIES. NOTE THE 40X/0.95 LENS (LEFT). THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A LENS WITHOUT COVERGLASS CORRECTION FEATURE. SUCH LENSES ARE ALWAYS CORRECTED FOR USE WITH A #1.5 COVERGLASS (0.17MM THIN). USE OF A MOTIC OR OLYMPUS MICROSCOPE WITH INFINITY CORRECTION AND THE INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL "INFOCUS" WILL MAKE THESE OBJECTIVES MORE USEFUL FOR Z-STACKING AND WSI DUTIES. THESE EXCELLENT LENSES ARE CORRECTED FOR CHROMATIC ABERRATIONS AND PERFECTLY FLAT FIELD OF VIEW FOR OPTIMAL PHOTOMICROGRAPHY IMAGING.
We have seen other versions of this item that do the same thing .... our innovation is to make the assembly DIY and include www.suguru.com moldable glue as well as small magnets and a stainless steel disc for quick interchange of black/white background plates and give the user the ability to move the sample for composition of photos or routine viewing. Our unit sells for $49.95 .... microscope makers and certain catalog houses charge hundreds! See RetroCUP on our YouTube channel. BART SIMPSON SAMPLE NOT INCLUDED!
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. SUCH SYSTEMS ARE ALSO AN EXCELLENT SOLUTION FOR USE WITH THE BUNTON RetroBOT XYZ STAGE WITH ARDUINO CONTROL. AUTOMATED WSI/STITCHING PROJECTS DESIGNED AND MADE IN THE USA.
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.
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 20Mp color camera is included and permits a wider photographic field of view than an externally mounted camera with c-mount or DSLR coupler. 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!
THIS IS NOT FOR WSI APPLICATIONS - SEE OUR GRUNDIUM OCUS FOR THAT REQUIREMENT
Basic module with camera and connectivity to your Windows operating system (7 or better) is $7,100.00.
Viewing would be with both oculars and on the computer displayer.
DEMOS AVAILABLE AT THE SHOWROOM IN FREDERICK, MD - USER REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST