[Celegans] New request for scope recommendations

Tina Gumienny via celegans%40net.bio.net (by Gumienny from waksman.rutgers.edu)
Thu Apr 19 18:31:07 EST 2007


I'm in the market for scopes for my new worm lab and the dissecting  
stereoscopes I'm used to (Olympus SZ60 and Nikon SMZ-2B) aren't made  
any more. The last threads on this were 1997 and 2000 for dissecting  
scopes- time for a new one? I've done some research on dissecting  
scopes and the other scopes I need for my work, and I'd really  
appreciate your field-tested advice.

If you've purchased scopes- of any kind- in the past two or three  
years, would you tell me your experience? What you tried and nixed,  
what you ended up getting (and price range, if you remember it)? Or  
what's on your wish list, if you haven't?


Dissecting scopes


Compound scope

Zeiss, Nikon, Leica, other?

Manual or motorized?

Have you used Zeiss's Apotome? Compared it to confocal images or  
regular images taken from  Z-sections and processed with  
deconvolution software?


Injection scope

I'm used to an inverted Zeiss. Andy Papp at Tritech Research has one  
with Hoffman optics at 1/3 the Zeiss's price that's been recommended  
to me. Do you have any strong feelings about yours?


Dissecting scope with fluorescence


I'll post your responses the first week of April.

Thank you very much!

Regards,
Tina L. Gumienny

Tina L. Gumienny, Ph.D.
Padgett Laboratory
Waksman Institute
Rutgers University
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Piscataway, NJ 08854-8434 USA
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