Users of SZX and SZ series stereo microscopes and MVX10 fluorescence microscopes from Olympus can expand their observation capabilities, thanks to a new slim (1.6-inch) LED transmitted light illumination base. The base contains an easy-to-use turret system that can be loaded with up to four cartridges. Nine cartridges are available, offering different observation methods, including brightfield, darkfield, polarization, and oblique, as well as three levels of contrast (low, standard, or high) for brightfield and oblique illumination.
Users can switch the cartridge by rotating the turret to find the optimal observational conditions for their sample. The LED lamp in the transmitted light illumination base provides several advantages:

  • Color stability. LED light maintains its color even when users adjust the brightness or zoom.
  • Easy to maintain. With an average lifespan of 60,000 hours, LED lamps last longer than halogen bulbs.
  • Reduced operating costs. Power consumption of LED lamps is about half that of halogen light sources.
  • Low running temperatures. Low heat dissipation from the LED light source makes it well-suited for long-term observation of live samples, where temperature management is important.

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