A new research inverted microscope incorporating a unique deck system to pursue system expandability

IX3 Series Launch: IX83, IX73 and IX53

Olympus IX3

IX83 research inverted microscope (left). IX83 research inverted microscope (with deck system being inserted - right)



July 2, 2012

Digitally controlled microscope offers easy operation and newly developed objectives provide advanced imaging

Olympus Corporation (Representative Director and President: Hiroyuki Sasa) announced the launch today of the new IX3 Series of three research inverted microscopes: the IX83, IX73 and IX53 -- platforms suitable for "live cell imaging" as well as five newly developed objectives.

The new IX3 Series research inverted microscopes add to their basic performance of "observing" a wide range of specimens and samples from live cells to fixed samples system expandability meeting diverse market needs, starting with time-lapse imaging of live cells cultured over a set period.

The IX83, IX73 and IX53 from the IX3 Series form a complete lineup succeeding the IX81, IX71 and IX51 models from the IX2 Series. Newly employing the deck system enables even greater expandability and flexibility on the microscopes. With quick and easy operation using the Olympus "cellSens" comprehensive imaging software, advanced imaging can be realized with the newly developed objectives.

In the life science and medical research fields, significant advanced research has been actively carried out on live cells to reveal the roles and the functions of proteins or neurons, with findings applied to drug discoveries or new research domains. Inverted microscopes have been a powerful tool for observing a wide range of specimens such as live cells or fixed samples in these research fields.

But achieving expected imaging results requires considerable experience and advanced knowledge about microscopes, including how to properly exchange multiple units on systems or expand capabilities to meet research purposes. These circumstances present a major challenge to increase efficiency and improve microscope operations.

Olympus introduces the new research inverted microscope IX3 Series, which intrinsically features expandability of its microscope frame, is easy to use thanks to digital technology developed over many years of innovation and optimized optical performance through its technology.

Main Features

1. Deck system provides system expandability and flexibility on the microscope
The deck system is employed with microscope frames to for insertion to provide application-specific functions such as adding a camera or fluorescence observation. As the IX83 and IX73 permit up to two deck insertions, it is easy for users to set up various types of system configurations depending on their intended purpose.

2. Quick and easy operation using cellSens comprehensive imaging software
Complex, advanced imaging procedures can be simplified with the featured digital control using Olympus's cellSens comprehensive imaging software, which supports a string of operating steps from image capture, measurement and image analysis through to reporting. This provides researchers with a quick and easy work flow and also contributes to reducing damage to cells during observation.

3. Five new objectives enable exceptional advanced imaging with outstanding optical performance
Five new objectives are being introduced in conjunction with the IX3 series of three research inverted microscopes. The APON100XHOTIRF objective, the first in the world*1 to achieve a numerical aperture (NA)*2 of 1.7, which is suitable for total internal reflection fluorescence*3 microscope (tirf microscope) and has great advantages for observing the movement of proteins or vesicles at the single molecule level. There is also the UCPLFLN20XPH and three more objectives, for example, ideal for observing cell colonies such as iPS cells*4, a topic garnering attention in regenerative medicine field research in recent years.

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