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v13.0

by Joana Raquel Delgado Martins

  1. Chose a suitable objective and place your sample on the microscope. The 30x, 60x and 100x objectives use silicon oil that you will find on the table next to the microscope.
    • Chose a suitable objective and place your sample on the microscope.

    • The 30x, 60x and 100x objectives use silicon oil that you will find on the table next to the microscope.

    • Choose one of the available observation methods on "My functions" to find and focus your sample through the microscope (e.g. "BF open").

    • Additionally to the microscope wheels you can also use the keyboard to navigate and focus your sample:

    • Keep "Ctrl" key pressed and click on the Live image to move the stage and center your image.

    • Keep "Ctrl" key pressed and use the mouse wheel on the live image to focus.

  2. Start a new experiment by clicking on the "New" button in the "Experiment Manager" (tab on the bottom right). Add a new "Image Acquisition" object by clicking on the respective icon. Chose your acquisition settings from the drop down menu.
    • Start a new experiment by clicking on the "New" button in the "Experiment Manager" (tab on the bottom right).

    • Add a new "Image Acquisition" object by clicking on the respective icon.

    • Chose your acquisition settings from the drop down menu.

    • Add it to your experiment by clicking on the white area.

  3. Example 1 - dual camera simultaneous acquisition - 405/561
    • Example 1 - dual camera simultaneous acquisition - 405/561

    • Example 2 - sequential acquisition - 405/488/561/640

    • When using more than two "Image Acquisition" objects, connect them and add a multichannel group around them.

  4. Right click on your acquisition object (e.g. 405/561) and choose "Apply settings + Live".
    • Right click on your acquisition object (e.g. 405/561) and choose "Apply settings + Live".

    • Alternatively you go to "Live" and then double click on the observation method.

  5. The Camera can be run at 8 bit, 12 bit  as well as 16 bit (recommended). Toggle here the bit depth ON = 16 bit, OFF = 8bit. Change here the pixel clock (determining the read out speed of the camera sensor):
    • The Camera can be run at 8 bit, 12 bit as well as 16 bit (recommended).

    • Toggle here the bit depth ON = 16 bit, OFF = 8bit.

    • Change here the pixel clock (determining the read out speed of the camera sensor):

    • 23 MHz: Ultra-quiet scan (recommended).

    • 129 MHz: Standard scan .

    • 480 MHz: Fast scan.

    • Find here in addition the typical (corresponding) frame rates (frames/s) for each modi.

    • If you are acquiring at 8 bit the histogram max should be lower than 255, at 12 bit lower than 4095, while if you are using 16 bit the max should be lower than 65535.

  6. Adjust contrast on the Adjust Display tab by choosing "Auto contrast". Adjust camera exposure times ("Camera control" tab) . Type in values (multiples of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, etc) rather than using the scroll.
    • Adjust contrast on the Adjust Display tab by choosing "Auto contrast".

    • Adjust camera exposure times ("Camera control" tab) .

    • Type in values (multiples of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, etc) rather than using the scroll.

    • If you are using double camera settings also define the exposure time for the second camera.

    • If you want to have the same acquisition time for both cameras select "Synchronize settings".

    • Here you can toggle the camera bit depth between 16 bit and 8 bit. Make sure you use the appropriate camera settings.

    • Adjust laser intensities on the "Laser/LED Control" tab.

    • Check the histogram and avoid saturating your signal.

  7. If you are using the dual camera by toggling this button you can show or hide channels.
    • If you are using the dual camera by toggling this button you can show or hide channels.

  8. To avoid image artifacts from the spinning disc you need to synchronize the disk with the camera. Select the "Microscope" tab.
    • To avoid image artifacts from the spinning disc you need to synchronize the disk with the camera.

    • Select the "Microscope" tab.

    • Scroll down and press the "Synchronize" button.

  9. Once you are satisfied with your settings, stop Live mode by clicking on the "Live" button. Right click on the observation methods and choose "Get Settings.
    • Once you are satisfied with your settings, stop Live mode by clicking on the "Live" button.

    • Right click on the observation methods and choose "Get Settings.

    • This will get the settings from the microscope and update your experiment accordingly.

    • The option "Online display" will allow you to visualize your image during acquisition.

    • For a multicolor image you can add it to the multicolor box.

    • You can now start your experiment by pressing "Start".

    • If you want to continue adding objects to your experiment (e.g. Z- Stack or time series), follow the next steps.

  10. Click the z-stack icon. Draw a rectangle around your "Image Acquisition" object (e.g. 405/561).
    • Click the z-stack icon.

    • Draw a rectangle around your "Image Acquisition" object (e.g. 405/561).

    • If you want to use the faster Piezo stage follow these Steps.

  11. Go to the "Z-Stack Loop" section in the "Experiment Manager". Define stack "Top and bottom". You can use the arrows or Ctrl+mouse wheel to move to the top of your stack.
    • Go to the "Z-Stack Loop" section in the "Experiment Manager".

    • Define stack "Top and bottom".

    • You can use the arrows or Ctrl+mouse wheel to move to the top of your stack.

    • Click "Set".

    • Move to the bottom of your stack and press again "Set".

    • Stop Live mode.

    • Alternatively you can also choose to define a z range from the drop down menu.

  12. If you want to use the recommended Z-step size click "Apply".
    • If you want to use the recommended Z-step size click "Apply".

    • Otherwise define your step size in the appropriate field.

    • Start your experiment.

  13. For faster acquisition of z-stacks you can also use the option RTC Fast (Piezo stage) from the drop down menu. The travel range of this stage is 300um and you can define your z-stack according to "Range"  or "Top Bottom". To use "Range":
    • For faster acquisition of z-stacks you can also use the option RTC Fast (Piezo stage) from the drop down menu.

    • The travel range of this stage is 300um and you can define your z-stack according to "Range" or "Top Bottom".

    • To use "Range":

    • Set center "Position" at 150um, the desired range and step size accordingly.

    • To use "Top Bottom":

    • Make sure you set "Position" at 150um.

    • Use the slider or arrows on the side to define your top and bottom limits.

    • Make sure the Piezo is in the middle of the travel range (150) before you start your experiment.

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