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Equipment List

Below is a list of the major items of equipment available for use at the OCCM. Reading the descriptions will help you decide which is most suitable for your needs. Which doesn't mean you can then just go ahead and use them without first registering your project and learning how to use them.


Specifications

At the bottom of the page you will find the specifications for these pieces of equipment. This is the information you need when you're writing your thesis or paper and discover you have no idea how to describe the piece of equipment you've been using in a small dark room for the last six months.
You may not need all the information shown here, if you're unsure contact Andrew McNaughton as he may be able to work out what you've used.
Click on the name of the equipment you want and its details will appear, thanks to some web developer's nerdy expertise.


If you have any further questions on using any of the equipment, please contact Andrew McNaughton at andrew.mcnaughton@otago.ac.nz.
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Nikon A1R Multi-Photon Confocal Microscope

Featuring state of the art optics and detectors, the A1R has the potential to capture both fleeting physiological events and probe deep into both fixed and in vivo tissues using its multi-photon features. Highly customisable and comprehensive software allows each experiment to be fine tuned to the user's requirements.

Not a microscope to be taken lightly, to use it you will have to understand the operation of it and can only be let loose after a suitable training session.
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Zeiss LSM 710 Confocal Microscope

Upright configuration on an Axio Imager Z2 frame with 405 diode laser, argon laser, green HeNe and red HeNe laser, phase objectives and mercury burner. Laser excitation lines are: 405nm 458nm, 488nm, 514nm, 543nm and 633nm
This configuration is best suited for fixed material on standard microscope slides. It can unmix overlapping spectra that are difficult to separate on the Zeiss 510 confocals. It can also perform tile scans over the Z axis which is useful for large samples.
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Nikon A1+ Inverted Confocal Microscope

An inverted system, the confocal is suitable for small petri dishes, well plates and conventional slide-mounted specimens. It has laser excitation at 405nm, 488nm, 561nm and 641nm, plus DIC and an RGB camera, suitable for recording conventional fluorescence images.
Objective are 10x, 20x, 40x and 60x (oil).
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Olympus AX70 Light Microscope

A standard research level light microscope with brightfield, phase contrast, dark field and fluoescence, the AX70 has an upright configuration and is suited to fixed material on standard microscope slides.
Fluorescence ranges from uv, blue, green and red excitation using a xenon burner. Epi-fluorescence is also available and is useful for such techniques as silver enhanced immuno-gold labelling.
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StereoInvestigator

A sophisticated stereology software package integrated onto an Olympus BX51 light microscope with motorised xy stage and z stepper motor. This system is capable of complex stereological analysis of your light microscopy images, including those collected on other light and the confocal microscopes. Read More …
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Skyscan µCT Scanner

A high resolution µCT scanner, the Skyscan 1172 uses x-ray tomography to generate 3D data sets of specimens measuring up to 55x55x55mm. Resolutions of 2µm are possible and a wide range of specimens can be examined, from food to teeth. Soft tissues usually require a contrasting agent to be used. Large amounts of data (4-8 GB per sample) are produced and if volume rendering is required, a large amount of computing capacity too. Ask about the best plan of attack while planning an investigation.
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Scott Building Dual Eyepiece Olympus BX61 Light Microscope

A standard research grade light microscope with brightfield, phase contrast, dark field and fluoescence, this microscope has an upright configuration and is suited to fixed material on standard microscope slides. The dual eyepiece makes it highly suitable for collaborative discussions or for teaching.
Fluorescence ranges from uv, blue, green and red excitation using a mercury burner.
Note: this microscope is located in the Scott Building, not the OCCM.

Specifications

Click title to expand the equipment you want to see the specifications of.