Improved operability and optical performance through enhanced linkage functions with digital cameras and the newly developed CFI60-2 objectives

Nikon Introduces ECLIPSE LV-N Series Industrial Microscopes

September 25, 2012

ECLIPSE LV100ND industrial microscope with optional DS-Fi2 high-definition color digital camera head and DS-L3 digital camera control unit

Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President, Tokyo,) is pleased to announce the release of ECLIPSE LV-N series of industrial microscopes on October 1, 2012, equipped with enhanced linkage functions with Digital Sight series digital cameras for microscopy and compatible with the newly developed CFI60-2 objectives.

Product Information

Product name: Nikon ECLIPSE LV-N series industrial microscopes

Availability: From October 1, 2012

Background of Development

Industrial microscopes have been utilized for applications such as observation, examination, research, and analysis in a wide variety of fields including semiconductor, flat panel displays, electronic components, and various materials.
In these fields, a diverse range of samples are observed using various microscopic methods where both high optical performance and ease of operation are demanded.
Especially for research and analysis, further improvement has been demanded for easier operations in terms of capturing digital images and image analysis, for example.
To meet these demands, as for the ECLIPSE LV-N series, the linkage functions with Digital Sight series digital cameras has been enhanced to improve operability of the microscope combined with a digital camera.
In addition, the newly developed CFI60-2 objectives are incorporated, to further improve ease of operation attributed to the optical performance and long working distances, which are highly evaluated in the existing CFI60 objectives.

Key Features

[ECLIPSE LV-N series industrial microscopes]

1. Improved operability of digital imaging

When combined with Digital Sight series digital cameras, even LV150N/LV100ND manual microscopes will allow the currently used objectives' magnification information to be detected by the digital camera control unit and displayed on the monitor through the intelligent quintuple universal nosepiece LV-NU5I and the newly developed intelligent nosepiece adapter LV-INAD. When the magnification is switched, the appropriate calibration data is automatically selected. With the LV150NA (motorized nosepiece type), objectives can be switched using the camera control unit in addition to detecting the objectives' information.

2. Further advanced optical performance

By incorporating the newly developed CFI60-2 objective series to be released at the same time, the world's highest-class performance in terms of long working distances and chromatic aberration has been achieved. The result is further advancement of the CFI60 optical system, which has been highly valued because of Nikon's concept of "offering both high NA and long working distance capabilities."

3. Diverse observation

The episcopic illumination models of the ECLIPSE LV-N series allow for bright-field, dark-field, simple polarization, differential interference epi-fluorescence, and two-beam interference microscopy. In addition to these methods, the episcopic illumination/diascopic illumination model supports diascopic phase contrast and diascopic differential interference microscopy. This variation enables diverse observation allowing for research, analysis, and examination that are both diversified and advanced.

<Main Specifications of ECLIPSE LV-N>

Model LV150N LV150NA LV150NL
Focusing mechanism Uniaxial coarse/fine control knob
Left: coarse/fine control
Right: fine control
40 mm stroke
Epi-illuminator attachment LV-UEPI-N/LV-UEPI2
Precentered lamphouse 12 V, 50 W
1.1 W white LED
Tube Trinocular (upright image, number of view fields: 25/22)
Trinocular tilting (upright image, number of view fields: 25/22)
Binocular (inverted image, number of view fields: 22)
Trinocular (upright image, number of view fields: 25/22)
Binocular (inverted image, number of view fields: 22)
Nosepiece Intelligent uiversal quintuple
Bright field, sextuple; Bight/dark field, BD quintuple
Universal, quintuple
Etc.
Motorizied universal, quintuple Bright field, sextuple
Universal, quintuple
Stage 3 × 2 stage (stroke: 75 × 50 mm)
6 × 4 stage (stroke: 150 × 100 mm)
6 × 6 stage (stroke: 150 × 150 mm)
3 × 2 stage
 
6 × 6 stage
Objective CFI60-2/CFI60 objective series
  • *Combinations depend on observation methods
Power consumption 1.2A/75W 0.1A/3W
Model LV100ND
Focusing mechanism Uniaxial coarse/fine control knob
Left: coarse/fine control
Right: fine control
40 mm stroke
Epi-illuminator attachment LV-UEPI-N/LV-UEPI2
Precentered lamphouse 12 V, 50 W
Diascopic illumination section Precentered lamphouse 12 V, 50 W (fly-eye optical system)
Condenser Universal (bright/dark field, phase turret, diascopic differential interference)
LWD achromat (bright field)
Dark field
Etc.
Tube Trinocular (upright image, number of view fields: 25/22)
Trinocular tilting (upright image, number of view fields: 25/22)
Binocular (inverted image, number of view fields: 22)
Nosepiece With status detection function, quintuple
Bright field, sextuple; bright/dark field, BD quintuple
Universal, quintuple
Etc.
Stage (manual) 3 × 2 stage (stroke: 75 × 50 mm)
6 × 4 stage (stroke: 150 × 100 mm)
High-precision rotatable stage
Etc.
Objective CFI60-2/CFI60 objective series
  • *Combinations depend on observation methods
Power consumption 1.2A/75W

This information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.