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Zeiss Axiophot



This light microscope is equipped for bright field (transmitted and reflected), phase contrast, transmitted and reflected polarization, Nomarski differential interference contrast microscopy.


Imaging Modes: DIC (reflected and transmitted), phase contrast, brightfield, darkfield, polarization (reflected and transmitted)


  • 5X, 10X, 20X, and 40X dry objectives
  • 63X/1.40 and 100X/1.3 oil immersion objectives

Camera: Color CMOS camera

Stage: Motorized focus via Prior Optiscan system which allows acquisition of stacks

Software: Image acquisition is controlled by the free Micro-Manager software

For imaging services, training, and questions

Please contact Dr. Stanislav Vitha,

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Examples of imaging modes:

Example 1: 

Live cells of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa, expressing Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) fused to Histone H1. The GFP fusion protein is localized in the nucleus.

Example 2:

Cross-section of a wooded plant stem.

Using the MIC? Please cite us by our Research Resource ID: RRID: SCR_022128