Digital Station #1
Olympus IX70 inverted microscope
Standard Configuration (custom configuration available upon
||Olympus IX70 inverted
*10x N.A. 0.30 Phase 1
*20x N.A .0.40 Phase 1
*40x N.A. 0.60 Phase 2 LWD (for use with substrates thicker than
*40x for use with coverslips available by request
*60x N.A. 1.4 Phase 3 (green)
||*Long Working Distance (N.A. 0.55)
*(Short Working Distance (N.A. 1.00) in cabinet on wall)
*Extra Long WD (N.A. 0.3) for microinjection available by request
||*Dapi, FITC, Rhodamine, CY5
*Alternative Sets for CFP, YFP, and
others by request
||Dimension 4500 with CD/DVD burner, Zip drive, USB ports, Firewire, Internet file
||Sensicam QE cooled CCD camera
||IP Lab; Photoshop CS2; ImageJ; Excel
||LUDL excitation filter wheels; ASI emission filter wheel; ASI focus motor; Uniblitz
shutter for transmitted light
|New As Of July 2007
Turn on System
- SIGN INTO THE LOG BOOK !!
- Turn on mercury lamp (at right, on shelf). THIS MUST GO ON FIRST.
- Check if the computer is on by wiggling the mouse or pressing the shift
key. If it's off, turn it on with the round button on the front.
- Turn on the power strip.
This will supply power to the camera, shutters and transmitted light source.
- Log in to the common User account.
- Run IP Lab Spectrum [Double click the icon on desktop or go to Start
Viewing Samples by Eye
- Rotate beam splitter to eye only position.
- To look in bright field or phase press F2 to open/close the transmitted
- To look in fluorescence press F1 to open/close the fluorescent
For the simplest operation, both software filter settings should be set to #1 and the
fluorescent filter turret for single probe imaging should be set manually in the
- Check the following settings:
- The condenser labeled "long working distance" (0.55 NA condenser) should be on
- Note: Short and very long working distance condensers are available for
this microscope. Please see the AIF staff if you need one of these other condensers.
- Turn the condenser turret to the appropriate setting (BF, Ph1, Ph2, Ph3, DIC).
- Halogen lamp diffusion filter is in place (others out of light path).
- Be sure that the fluorescence (electric) shutter is closed. Press F1 to
- Turn the filter wheet turret to the "Blue" filter.
- Insert the photo frame by pulling out the slider on the left of the microscope above the
- Adjust brightness with knob on halogen lamp power source.
- Focus the eye pieces on the cross hairs:
- Focus the right eye first by adjusting the knurled ring.
- Focus the left eye second. You must hold the base of the eye piece with one hand and
turn the top with your other hand to adjust.
- The right occular adjusts easily, while the left is stiff. Please see an AIF staff
member if youre having trouble getting the left occular focused.
- Place your sample on the stage and focus (see instructions below).
- While looking through eyepieces, you may use the coarse focus when on microscope.
- DO NOT USE FINE FOCUS KNOB ON SCOPE.
- YOU MUST FINE FOCUS WITH THE FOCUS MOTOR! There are three settings on
the fine focus motor. Adjust with tiny lever on front of the controller box.
- Open the condenser diaphragm all the way.
- Turn the condenser turret to the appropriate setting:
- Ph1 - 10x and 20x objectives
- Ph2 - 40x objective
- Ph3 - 60x objective (green label only)
- Focus your sample
- Align the microscope for Koehler Illumination
- Be sure that the sample is in focus!
- Close the luminous field diaphragm moderately (top lever in light path).
- Focus the diaphragm image by raising and/or lowering the condenser.
- Center the diaphragm image using the two large screws at the front of the condenser.
- Open the luminous field diaphragm until it is at the edge of your field of view.
*Contrast (for brightfield and DIC) can be adjusted using condenser
diaphragm. (lever on the left of the Long Working Distance condenser).
**The Koehler Illumination should be checked and adjusted every time
you switch objective lenses or if you are imaging live cells, every time you change dishes
Click here for an illustrated version of Koehler
Halogen Lamp Filters
- Diffusion filter: always use
- IF 550 filter: Use with CCD camera (transmitted light images)
- ND 16 filter: neutral density filter; use to reduce light intensity
- There is also a 1.5X "booster" slider on the right side of microscope that
increases the magnification by 1.5x.
For the simpliest operation, which is one fluorescent probe at a time, both Ludl filter
wheels must be set to filter position #1. You then set the filter manually on the
- Press F1 to open/close fluorescence shutter.
- Press F2 to open/close transmitted shutter.
- Be sure that the Analyzer and the Wollasten prism on
the left and right side of the microscope, respectively are out of the light path.
- Turn the filter turret to the appropriate fluorescence filter.
- Focus your sample.
- Position your area of interest in the center of the field.
Two methods for taking pictures are mentioned.
For both methods, start here:
- Observe image as directed above.
- Turn the beam splitter to . This sends 80%
light to the camera.
- Press F3 for a live preview of your specimen on the monitor.
- For transmitted light images (brightfield, phase, Nomarski), insert
the IF550 filter into the light path and check that the turret is set to 'Blue'.
- Adjust the exposure time so that the maximum number in the bottom left of the screen is
3000 - 4000.
- Remember this exposure time.
Method 1(Quick Snap):
- Make sure the microscope is set to .
- Use Shift + F11 to set the exposure time and binning (image size) for
keys F9, F10, F11, and F12.
- Press the appropriate key to take the picture.
- Save images as .TIFF format.
Method 2 :
- To collect a transmitted light image (brightfield, phase, Nomarski), press Shift
- Press Shift + F1 to acquire a fluorescence image.
- Enter the exposure time and binning
- Note: To collect a 1X1 bin image, multiply calibrated exposure time (ms) by 4.
- Press Enter or click OK to collect the image.
- The final image should have a maximum number in box at bottom left of window between
30,000 - 60,000. If it is smaller than this, image manipulation will be hampered.
- Save images as .TIFF format.
To Collect a Z-Series
Use the 6D acquire or Multimode Acquire commands within IPLab.
Enter the values for:
- exposure time in ms
- Z step size; +0.5 step goes a half micrometer up per step and -1 goes a full micrometer
down per step down.
- number of images
We may put a microinjection system on this microscope if required.
At the End of Your Session
Return the microscope to it's default settings
- Long working distance condenser on the microscope
- Use lens paper ONLY to clean oil immersion objectives
- 10x objective in the light path
- Filter wheel turret set to 'Blue' filter
- 1.5x 'booster' pushed in
- When you're done, remove needle from the microinjection holder.
- You must disgard all needles, tips, pipettes in the red barrel located
underneath the counter.
- Please dispose of biological material appropriately.
- Report any spills to AIF staff. ONLY STAFF CAN CLEAN LENS ON THE MICROSCOPE.
- Copy your files from the hard drive by writing a CD or Zip
disk, transferring to RestStop, or use a USB jump drive. If you have any questions
about our policy on data left on our computer, please
read our policy web page.
- Exit all running software
- Log out of computer account
- If noone is waiting to use the microscope immediately after you, turn off the powerstrip
that turns off the camera and shutters.
- If it is a weekday or if somebody is scheduled to be in within 2 hours after you, leave
the Mercury Lamp on, otherwise turn the lamp off.
- If you used it, leave the Short Working Distance condenser in the
cabinet and the Long Working Distance condenser on the microscope.
- Clean up area AND take your belongings with you. Slides or dishes left on the
microscope will be discarded without notice.
- Sign out of logbook.