Nikon Instruments Inc’s new Eclipse 50i is designed to provide an unsurpassed ergonomic and digital imaging microscopy system for users handling a high throughput of samples. The microscope’s features include stage handles that remain in a fixed position during use to allow hand and body positions to remain constant and in line with the instrument. Both left- and right-handed versions are available. The hard Alumite coating on the stage provides durability.

The new and improved tilting/telescoping ergonomic head has an extended telescoping feature and can accept Nikon’s new DSC tube, allowing easy and direct connection of the recommended Digital Sight family of digital cameras. This creates a compact, ergonomic, and easy-to-use microscope documentation system. The digital system can either stand alone or integrate into a network to enable flexible image management.

A new dedicated laboratory Epi-fluorescence illuminator with four-cube position turret incorporates Nikon’s exclusive fast cube changer and lockout mechanism for quick and sure changes between wavelengths. With the 50i, this provides extremely bright, high-contrast, crisp, fluorescent images.

“For our microscope customers charged with handling and recording samples in high volume, the best in ergonomic comfort and view just got better,” says Stan Schwartz, Nikon Instruments’ division manager of microscopy product marketing.