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Olympus IX71 Inverted Research Microscope

MELVILLE, NY, April 29, 2002 -- The Scientific Equipment Group of OLYMPUS AMERICA, INC. introduces the IX71 inverted research microscope for advanced live cell applications. The IX71 features a modular frame and optical design that provides nine access ports for multiple input and output devices, making the system ready for multi-wavelength, advanced fluorescence applications.

At the heart of the IX71 is a unique, two-tiered, V-shaped optical design that provides access to nine input/output ports including the new upper and lower rear ports. Rear ports allow the mounting of a confocal scan head without having to modify the stage height or fluorescence ray path and also facilitates the rear mounting of accessories while keeping the sides of the microscope free for additional equipment. Up to four ports can have simultaneous access to a primary image. The single reflection V-shaped light path and improved apochromatic relay lens maintain the highest possible image intensity and optical correction level, making fluorescence images brighter than ever.

The modular design improves frame stability of the IX71 while an external power supply reduces heat generation and thermal expansion. These features, together with its vibration-free operation, make the IX71 well suited for stable, long-term observations. Another advantage of the IX71 frame is its narrower design and smaller footprint, facilitating the mounting of accessories where workspace is at a premium. The frame also incorporates a choice of a 1.6x or 2.0x magnification changer, offering increased magnification to eyepieces and cameras without having to change objectives.

Additional optical features, such as an improved straight illuminator, help increase fluorescence brightness by 20%. The motorized six-position fluorescence turret enhances operation during multi-color, multi-excitation applications. A new Relief Contrast condenser and objectives provide contrast and 3D illumination effects for specimens in plastic vessels. New objectives feature a focus-free correction collar that maintains objective focus during adjustment. The Olympus TIRFM illuminator and the 60x, NA:1.45 and the 100x, NA:1.65 objectives offer the easiest setup and greatest control of the evanescent excitation wave.

To learn more about the Olympus IX71 inverted microscope or other OLYMPUS products contact: Olympus America Inc., 2 Corporate Center Drive, Melville, NY 11747; Phone: 1-800-455-8236; E-mail: olympusseg@econnextions.com.