Olympus SZX10 Research Stereo Microscope

Olympus Updated: 2007-09-10
Olympus SZX10 Research Stereo Microscope

The new SZX10 is designed for routine research. It offers a high numerical aperture (NA) of 0.2, producing a resolution of 600 line pairs per millimeter. With this resolution you can work more efficient, more precise and gain much more information from your samples. The SZX10 provides a zoom ratio of 10:1. With the common objective design it is a fully modular system offering a range of options.

Natural View - original shape, authentic colors
The DFPlan objective series is showing the shape of the specimen as it is, without any distortion. Furthermore the careful selection of lens surface coating and glass materials in the entire optical system makes it possible to observe and document specimens in their original, authentic colors. These features make the SZX10 the ideal choice for any measuring and verification task.

The SZX10 motorized focus drive (optional) is making the digital documentation with extended focal imaging (EFI) efficiently and fully automatic. This even allows creation of pseudo 3D images, closing the gap between documentation and what the eyes have seen before through the stereoscopic lightpath. To facilitate automated inspections the Olympus MicroSuite imaging software family offers all the tools required from simple 2D measurements up to complex phase analysis in an easy to use environment.

Reliability and Repeatability
Many imaging or measuring tasks require the use of the same zoom magnification setting to ensure consistent and comparable results. The integrated 11 position click-stop provides quick and easy access to this important function. In addition the SZX10 allows the quick change between stereoscopic view and axial light path for the camera. The advantage of the axial light path setting is that measurements taken with the camera are reliable and precise in all directions making results independent from the orientation of the sample under the microscope.

Ultimate visual comfort
The advanced Olympus Comfort View eyepieces on the SZX2 stereo microscopes enable a significantly larger range of eye movement for viewing the 3D image, making both short and long term use much more comfortable. This also makes it easier to form the stereo image, resulting in reduced occurrence of eyestrain.

Olympus believes that ergonomy is not an add-on and therefore each microscope is designed with the user in mind. As a result, all controls are easy to use and features like ComfortView and the low stage height, greatly reduce sources of stress. Olympus can even provide an observation tube capable of adjustment between 5° and 45° (to the horizontal), for situations where the stereo microscope is used at many different heights.

High speed imaging
With the SZX2 range being so versatile, you will want to document or show live digital views of your sample. By fitting the SZX2 stereos with a trinocular head and moving the objective in the axial imaging pathway provides a perpendicular view of the sample. Attaching the Olympus DP71 cooled digital camera produces a very flexible imaging station. This is designed for high resolution documentation (up to 12.5 mega pixels) as well as high-speed imaging for live views in both color and monochrome. The advanced interface enables excellent color reproduction and no visible color shifts during sample movement.

From the base up
The Olympus SZX2 range features the unique Olympus LED base system enabling fine control of transmitted illumination for bright and even images. With the ultra-slim 40 mm base, the SZX2 range has the most ergonomic stage height available. A turret cassette enables the easy selection and control of brightfield, darkfield and oblique illumination. The long-life LEDs do not heat the stage or sample, greatly enhancing the flexibility for both research and advanced routine life science and material stereo microscopy.

Perfect oblique illumination
Most stereo microscopes use mirrors to create oblique illumination, which can lead to uneven and inconsistent contrast in the field of view. The SZX2 LED illumination system uses a fine shutter system of thin lamellae to produce ultra-precise and completely even oblique illumination. With this unique system, transparent samples can be seen with the same contrast across the entire field of view.