New Microscopes

usa-made DIGITAL AND MOTIC FULL LINE FROM CHINA

There are two basic types of optical microscopes today .... compound and stereo. Compound microscopes come in both inverted and upright style. The typical visual magnification range of a compound microscope is about 25x to 1000x. Numerical aperture is critical for evaluating lenses on any microscope. Numerical aperture determines resolution. Further, the type of glass in the optical system is important. Lenses are either achromats, fluorites or apochromatics. Lenses can be offered with some curvature of field or totally corrected for a flat field of view across the entire visual image. Eyepiece field of view index (in "mm") is an important factor on any microscope since that determines how much of the sample you will see at one time at any particular magnification. Typical FOV index on oculars will range from 18mm to 26mm. Today many microscopists rarely use the oculars.....the computer displayer is the digital eyepiece in the 21st century.....some microscopes do not even offer eyepieces. This is a major paradigm shift and very "disruptive" to some. Still, setting up the microscope for optimal image quality calls for clean lenses and proper Kohler settings. Lighting is half the battle. LED updates provide very even illumination and saves energy and bulb replacement costs. Basic knowledge of digital image processing (from RAW image acquisitions for example) is helpful. So, after more than 300 years of using the microscope and its many innovations, we are experiencing major changes that are heavily supported by digital technology, creative hardware for motion control and optical developments that exceed the rules established by Mr. Abbe. Will artificial intelligence (AI) play a role in the microscopy of 2030....stay tuned. We need to clean up the environmental mess we are in today. We are doing our best to make changes for the better but we need to get our leaders and governments to take action to save the planet....without a total commitment to this effort all microscopy, self-driving cars and artifical intelligence will not be of much value to our children and their children.

Stereoscopic microscopes

Stereo (AKA dissecting) microscopes are actually two low magnification compound microscopes set at a certain parallax angle so that each eye is seeing a slightly different perspective of a three-dimensional object. Typical stereo microscopes will have a visual magnification range of about 3x to 50x. Student models may be fixed at 10x or 30x and sell for under $500. More advanced "zoom" stereo microscopes may range from 3x to 100x...NOZL apo stereo microscopes sell for over $10,000.00 There are Greenough style (original design) and CMO (central main objective) zoom designs. A CMO (AKA Gallilean) stereo microscope is the best choice for stereoscopic vision and/or photomicroscopy. Some Greenough styles will have a dedicated camera port integrated into the viewing tube. If the main mission is to have first-class digital imagery you will want to explore the "macrozoom" (AKA photomacroscope). These instruments are technically compound optical microscopes with a relatively low magnification range. Read more about a third microscope option from Infinity Photo Optical in Colorado. They do not produce "stereo 3D" (S3D) images! It is important to note that a digital camera mounted on any compound or stereo microscope will not give you S3D. See our Digital and Video Microscopes page on one alternative solution for true S3D digital imaging.

Compound Microscopes - inverted design for chambers, dishes and large samples found in materials science

Bunton sells new compound microscopes. MOTIC now offers an inverted compound microscope for both life sciences and industry. The workhorse phase contrast model is the AE2000. Prices start under $3,000.00 with phase contrast optics. The more advanced AE31-Elite model (BELOW RIGHT) is capable of incident light fluorescence with a full selection of filter modules. HBO 100W mercury arc or the latest LED high intensity lamp for selective spectra excitation. Both models can accept digital cameras.

The new AE2000 MET (LEFT and BELOW) is now offered for the busy "met lab".   The AE31 biological inverted microscope model is shown with a 100W mercury arc lamp. We can also offer a LED solution for this model (RIGHT)    Filter sets from Chroma.  Add the latest digital camera technology to all MOTIC microscopes with phototube and appropriate C-mount or DSLR coupler.

motic expands their microscope offerings for both life science and industry

MOTIC also offers a full line of routine stereo microscopes for use in life science or industry. We will show just two of the more popular models here .... the K-SERIES (PHOTO LEFT)and the SMZ-168/171. Certain K-models are CMO design and the 168 is a Greenough design. All are available in trinocular configurations for photomicroscopy. A unique stereo model is the K400 that features a design adopted from the famous Wild (Swiss) model M5. See our Accessories page for optional drawing devices and phototubes for the K-Series. These will also fit current and older Wild/Leica stereo microscopes. Stay tuned for a very new line of MOTIC stereoscopic research microscopes with CMO design.....2020 introduction.

upright microscopes

Motic (China) now has a USA headquarters located in Texas near San Antonio. Full sales and service support for the greatly expanded microscope line is now in the "lower 48". We have been involved with MOTIC microscopes for over 20 years here at Bunton Instrument. We are pleased to announce the latest biological upright model .... PANTHERA (PHOTO LEFT). We now offer a version of Panthera for the creation of virtual slides with the help of www.microvisioneer.com. The Motic BA410 Elite is the alternative for those wanting epifluorescence capabilities ...efficient USA-made LED illumination is now an option to replace mercury burners.

CONTACT US FOR THE LATEST MOTIC SYSTEM FOR MANUAL WSI WITH THE PANTHERA 2 MICROSCOPE............
"EASY STITCH" FOR WINDOWS OR APPLE MAC IMAGE STITCHING

Motic BA310 MET industrial microscope for materials science and BA310 POL (PHOTO RIGHT) for transmitted light investigations in the geological science arena.

UNIQUE FOR Z-STACKING DUTIES - infocus module replaces trinocular body tube and oculars

go direct to a modern dslr or milc and correct for spherical aberrations at the same time

THE INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL INFOCUS AND ULTIMA MODULES ARE THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR ADDING DIGITAL CAMERAS TO A MODERN INFINITY CORRECTED UPRIGHT MICROSCOPE.  EACH MODULE IS OPTICALLY OPTIMIZED FOR OBJECTIVES MADE BY THE NOZL FIRMS.  INFOCUS ALLOWS THE MICROSCOPIST TO ADJUST FOR VARIANCES IN COVERGLASS THICKNESS WHEN USING MEDIUM TO HIGH MAGNIFICATION LENSES. ULTIMA ALLOWS THE MICROSCOPIST TO REPLACE A TRINOCULAR TUBE AND OCULARS AND CAREFULLY PARFOCALIZE THE LOW MAGNIFICATION OBJECTIVE WITH A HIGHER MAGNIFICATION OBJECTIVE. THIS IS ESPECIALLY USEFUL WHEN DOING IMAGE STITCHING WHILE VIEWING THE SAMPLE ON THE COMPUTER DISPLAYER AS THE WSI SCAN IS ACQUIRED.....VIEWING OCULARS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR SUCH PROCEDURES. UPGRADE EXISTING INFINITY CORRECTED UPRIGHT MICROSCOPES WITH INFOCUS OR ULTIMA....DETAILS UPON REQUEST.  READ FURTHER ABOUT THE OTHER INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL PRODUCTS....

MADE IN COLORADO USA....INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL MICROSCOPES

VISIT:   www.infinity-usa.com
A full lineup of high performance imaging microscopes that are designed for digital imaging.   Design your own system for your specific requirements.  These are compound optical microscopes and not simple "zoom lenses". Superior to using a stereo microscope with off-axis photo port.   These are single optical channel instruments capable of doing MICRO or MACRO range imaging....including coaxial illumination, flash, z-stacking and stitching (WSI). Shown is the newest MikroMAK series with a modern DSLR camera all mounted on a support stand with focus block.  Bunton now offers our own RetroFOT free-standing Z drive if you want to do some serious Z-stacking.
View the Infinity Photo Optical website .....details and prices are on the website.  Contact us with any questions or to request a price quotation.



USA-MADE OPTICAL MICROSCOPES FOR EPIFLUORESCENCE AND INTRAVITAL WORKSTATIONS

DESIGNED AND MADE IN AMERICA.....PERFECT FOR FORENSIC EVIDENCE, MUSEUM COLLECTIONS AND QUALITY CONTROL IN INDUSTRY
STITCH AND STACK WITH A DSLR CAMERA FOR GIGAPIXEL RESOLUTION AND VIRTUAL IMAGE CREATION


BUNTON has been helping our customers with custom-designed workstations for decades. We have the experience and expertise to build optical imaging systems to meet your needs and budget. This includes 3D printing of component parts (additive production) as well as conventional machine shop fabrication (subtractive production) of metal or synthetic materials.  We can adapt modern imaging systems for use with your own existing surplus microscope stands. Integration of LED illumination to replace expensive lasers.  Use a consumer DSLR or MILC (mirror-less interchangable lens camera). The latest smart small format 1080p camera (ABOVE RIGHT) with embedded computer and software for measurements and z-stacking is also available. We make our own filter cube housings for coaxial fluorescence illumination that are designed for use with filter modules made by US firms such as CHROMA in Vermont. See photos of the RetroFL module prototype below.....coming in 2022.
Contact Bunton for details, any questions or if you need a price quote.

manualWSI from MICROVISIONEER - INEXPENSIVE IMAGE STITCHING WITH POWERFUL RESULTS
SOFTWARE FOR IMAGE STITCHING FROM GERMANY

Many pathology departments who are considering (validating) WSI (whole slide imaging) for virtual slide viewing might take a look a this unique image stitching solution from www.microvisioneer.com in Germany. Here you will see Jim Averill seated next to a conventional microscope with the newest global shutter camera  mounted on the trinocular camera port. manualWSI is the name of the software that runs in Windows. The user "stitches" the tiles using the coaxial, manual mechanical stage. You then view directly on your computer displayer and end up with a virtual slide that may then be uploaded to any number of free cloud viewers or quickly share the virtual slide with others via the internet.  
Now available for manual WSI with the AR system www.augmentiqs.com

This is ideal for a pathology group or lab that is in the validation mode for their WSI solution. Use an existing manual microscope and just add the software and camera to an existing computer meeting the manualWSI requirements.
Prices for the camera and software start at less than $5,000.00!
Most economical WSI solution for those wanting to scan special cases for archiving or image sharing with associates.


RETROFOT DIY Z-STACKING SYSTEM WITH INFINITY KC MICROSCOPE ....MACRO OR MICRO!

Bunton's own RetroFOT free standing specimen stage (ABOVE) module with stepper motor is used with the Cognisys Stackshot controller and software from either Zerene (Stacker) or Helicon (Focus). The integrated stepper motor is included along with a stage platform to meet your needs.  Photo shows a simple LED illumination option that has a flash synch mode that can be activated for each focal plane image capture when in the stacking mode.

InfiniProbe TS-160 - MADE IN CENTENNIAL, COLORADO BY ONE OF THE FEW AMERICAN MICROSCOPE BUILDERS....INFINITY PHOTO OPTICAL
THE TS-160 IS A MICROSCOPE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE MACRO OR MICRO FRONT OPTICS-PORTABLE IN THE FIELD OR ROCK SOLID IN THE LAB ON A SUPPORT STAND

The TS-160 is the perfect solution for those wanting very high resolution micro and macro digital images. Use TS-160 with either its own "macro" lens (as shown in the photo) or simply remove that lens and replace it with the high aperture "micro" lens. Yes, this is a complete microscope and not a zoom lens. That large knurled ring in the middle of the TS-160 allows one to focus from 18mm (working distance) to INFINITY! The aperture diaphragm allows one to "stop-down" to the best setting for resolution and contrast (and depth of focus). Use TS-160 with Zerene Stacker in the manual mode....simply turn that internal focus ring on TS-160 for the focal planes you desire.....do this all on your computer displayer in "live view" mode. A new "Robusto" version of TS-160 is now offered for digital cinematography applications...or use the 2K/4K cine feature found on most modern DSLR and MILCs. TS-160 is the best choice for high performance digital photography. You will not see any results like this using a stereoscopic microscope. TS-160 will give you results equal to or better than NOZL photomacroscopes for less than $3,000.00...and made in America. Mount the TS-160 on a tripod, tabletop copy stand, stereo microscope stand (with or without backlighting). Twin head flash heads are ideal for both macro and micro lighting. Zerene even controls the flash signal along with shutter initiation. Use it in the field for everything from flowers to spiders. Nothing like this on the market.
Visit the Infinity website but bring your lunch or a big cup of java......lots of really good info on this site along with photo samples, tech specs and discussion of the full line of microscopes from Infinity Photo Optical. Check out the Infinity "KC", "MS" and "K2" while on the site: www.infinity-usa.com

KC-VIDEOMAX LONG DISTANCE MICROSCOPE....DSLR FULL FRAME

The KC-Videomax is a long-distance microscope using series of special IF-Series front objectives. KC may also be used for coaxial illumination with any infinity corrected microscope objective such as Mitutoyo or NOZL lenses for samples without coverglass. Infinity Photo Optical's own Achrovid objectives (2x-10x) are selected for economical long working distance requirements. The KC also has a group of macro objectives called CF-Series. Use your own favorite infinity corrected microscope objectives from NOZL (2x, 5x, 10x etc). We have adapters for using all popular threaded objectives on the KC. This is a telecentric kit that is ideal for Z-STACKING....plus it is available for use with FULL FRAME SENSOR  DSLR and MILCs. Compact, reasonably priced and MADE IN AMERICA. KC shown with IF front objective and large format adapter ring. Mounts to your existing copy stand with 1/4-20 fixture shown. This is a COMPOUND MICROSCOPE and NOT a ZOOM LENS!  Check out the new Bunton "RetroFL" for incident light fluorescence investigations....see the image at the end of this section. The KC-Videomax is the optical heart of this new system.

INFINIPROBE MS FOR SMALL FORMAT CAMERA PHOTOMACROGRAPHY-COMPACT HIGH PERFORMANCE

The MS is perfect for use in the field or laboratory. Attachments are available for using your smart phone camera. Perfect for the classroom and training operations. Includes two extender tubes to alter magnification with internal fine focusing and aperture diaphragm for DOF and contrast control by the user. Comes with a 1/4-20 clamp for mounting to your copy stand or tripod. Try doing this with a more expensive stereo microscope or zoom lens.....MS is NOT a zoom lens. Rather this is a complete microscope that is designed for portability and high resolution. About $2,000.00 with a smart phone case and optical coupler. Digital image of a Maryland stinkbug eyeball. No Z-stacking but pretty good detail. Much better than you would get with a stereoscopic type microscope. A twin-tube macro flash unit was used for this image.

         NEW FROM MOTIC - SM7 ZOOM STEREO MICROSCOPE WITH APO LENS
                      

A good stereoscopic microscope is ideal for viewing 3D samples so that each eye views a slightly different angle on axis.....the brain then fuses the left and right image so that one perceives DEPTH CUES. Stereopsis then is perfect for dissection applications or micromanipulation. Photomicroscopy is possible but the main mission of a stereo microscope is ocular viewing....photography is compromised somewhat since the 2D single camera sensor is only seeing one of the two optical channels. Measurements will be difficult due to parallax error...an off-axis view of the sample. Single optical channel microscopes (compound type....including all of the Infinity Photo Optical instruments) are 2D in nature but we are using the central "sweet spot" image without parallax error or reduced numerical aperture.

NEW FROM MOTIC IN 2021- THE SM7 WITH OPTIONAL APO 1X CMO (CENTRAL MAIN OBJECTIVE) AND ERGONOMIC BODY TUBE 7:1 ZOOM

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