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March 14, 2019
category: General
MRI Compatible Electrophysiology Headstage from Blackrock Microsystems

The MRI Compatible Headstage from Blackrock Microsystems is a lightweight, 16 channel, single-unit, analogue recording headstage for small animals that fits in the bore with the animal. It is a headstage that offers users the ability to directly correlate neural activity with the hemodynamic changes present in awake and responsive subjects. The MRI headstage is ideal for a number of applications in the field of electrophysiology involving animals such as rodents, cats and primates.

The MRI headstage works by buffering and then proceeding to transmit neural signals through a coaxial ribbon cable to either a CerePlex A or a Front-end Amplifier (FEA). The subsequent data is then acquired by a CerePlex Direct or a Neural Signal Processor. It features a shielded ribbon cable for excellent noise immunity and is the only head-stage to record single units. The MRI headstage weighs in at an ultra-light 0.5 g and has dimensions of 10mm x 20mm x 2.3mm, and it’s compatible with the Utah Array or any other electrodes consisting of an Omnetics 24-pin female connector.

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March 13, 2019
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ATLAS SERIES of Czerny-Turner Monochromator Spectrographs by Camlin Photonics.

Scitech is proud to introduce the new ATLAS SERIES of Czerny-Turner Monochromator Spectrographs by Camlin Photonics.

With focal lengths from 150mm to 750mm and multi-grating turret design features they can provide the appropriate system for low, medium and high resolution spectroscopy applications.

The ATLAS SERIES of monochromators are highly customisable allowing choice of spectral range and resolution appropriate for the application. These systems are available with focal lengths of 150mm, 300mm, 500mm and 750mm.

At the shorter focal lengths, they provide a cost-effective tool for low to medium resolution spectral analysis or tuneable light sources, whilst the longer focal length instruments provide the resolution needed to robustly conduct high precision measurements in areas such as photoluminescence and laser fluorescence.

Key features include:
  • High precision wavelength accuracy and repeatability
  • Choice of slit and port configuration on both inputs and outputs
  • Interchangeable grating turret on precision kinematic mount
  • Extensive range of high quality gratings
  • User friendly software configured for all available accessories
  • Full range of accessories available, e.g. motorised slits, shutters, filter wheels etc
  • Double and triple configurations available

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March 13, 2019
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QuVi SPIM – The Multiview Light-Sheet Microscope

The QuVi SPIM is the latest product in Luxendo’s range of light-sheet microscopes. Combining dual views with dual detection channels, it enables large-scale imaging of living samples. Typical applications of the QuVi SPIM light sheet microscope include living, fixed and cleared brain slices, long-term imaging of 3D cell culture models (spheroids, organoids, tumoroids), imaging of conventional cell culture in high throughput and even functional (e.g. calcium) imaging.

Its novel stage design facilitates the use of SBS-format plates whilst its quick-load feature boosts user-friendliness and sample accessibility. Since the objective lenses are exchangeable, a wide variety of samples of different sizes and preparations can be imaged such as biophysical methods like FLIM and FCS. It can also generate image data for multidimensional analysis of biological events and processes.

  • Easy sample accessibility through quick load feature
  • Compact, vibration-free and robust design
  • Resolution down to 340 nm in 3D
  • Browser-based user interface

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March 12, 2019
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ZephIR 1.7™ SWIR Infra-Red Camera

The Zephir 1.7™ SWIR camera from Canadian company Photon Etc, is based on a sensitive InGaAs FPA and integrates a four-stage TE cooler. The ZephIR 1.7™ SWIR camera delivers an astounding 200 frame-per-second rate while reaching unrivalled low noise levels. Perfectly adapted for challenging scientific and industrial infra-red applications, it’s spectral range is 800-1700nm.

First designed for demanding faint-flux applications such as small animal imaging, these cameras also bring new capabilities for industrial applications in quality control and sorting.

Photon etc’s infra-red camera, applicable in the fields of Safety and Security, is an ideal tool for the rapid detection of explosive liquid precursors and in also in Environment and Agriculture fields where it’s hyperspectral imagery can be efficiently used to identify any type of molecules through the analysis of its characteristic spectrum.

  • 200 frame-per-second
  • 4-stages TEC
  • Low noise level
  • InGaAs FPA
  • Optimal from 0.8 to 1.7 µm

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March 12, 2019
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i-SPEED 508 – Compact Ultra-High-Speed Camera

Scitech is excited to announce the long-anticipated release of the i-SPEED 508 compact ultra-high-speed camera from iX Cameras. Designed with value in mind, the i-SPEED 508 strikes the perfect balance between speed, size and memory. Equipped with a full HD sensor, running at 8 GPx/second, the i-SPEED 508 is a powerful solution for various applications including automotive testing, ballistics, manufacturing, media arts and scientific research such as Arc Discharge, Bubble Flow, Cavitation, Microscopy, Particle Vibration, PIV, Spray, Tensile Test, Welding, X-Ray, Acceptance Testing, Development, Drop Testing, Function Testing and 3D.

i-SPEED 508 integrates a ‘light sensitive’ 12-bit CMOS image sensor capable of recording at 3,980 fps at full HD, and at an overall maximum speed of 500,000 fps. It consists of 144 GB of RAM memory and incorporates an external Solid State Drive (xSSD) with Swappable SSD flash memory cartridges (500GB, 1TB or 2TB).

The i-SPEED 508 also employs a state-of-the-art internal cooling system to ensure the camera remains environmentally sealed and is suited for use in highly demanding environments. The dust and corrosive particles are prevented from entering the camera where they could damage sensitive electronics. The fans may be disabled during recording for any vibration sensitive measurements. Compatible with all Nikon F and Canon EF mount lenses, the i-SPEED 508 can record up to 500,000 fps.

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March 12, 2019
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pco.dicam C1 Intensified 16 bit sCMOS Camera

PCO have just released the pco.dicam C1- the first camera to combine a high resolution 25 mm image intensifier with a 16 bit (4.2 MP) sCMOS sensor via an ultra-efficient tandem lens, and subsequently delivers enhanced extinction ratio gating and a new benchmark in the ability to detect individual photons at the shortest possible exposure times of 3 ns – 1 s.

The pco dicam C1 camera has the capacity to achieve 104 fps at full resolution, 2048 x 2048 pixels whilst ensuring an ultra-low readout noise of 1.1 e- (the lowest readout noise of any gated intensified camera system). It incorporates a high-speed tandem lens to deliver outstanding image quality with high transmission efficiency. Camera Link HS guarantees uncompressed and secure data transfer. The latest standard of high-performance data interfaces enables the bridging of long distances via fiber optic cable. F-mount, C-mount or EF mount with Lens Control are available.

This camera has a host of different applications in the fields of life science and industrial science including laser induced incandescence (LII) shock wave physics, laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), particle image velocimetry (PIV), time-resolved spectroscopy, plasma physics, laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), ballistics and combustion.

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March 6, 2019
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Tomocube HT-2 : Holotomographic microscopy with 3D fluorescence imaging

The HT-2 from Tomocube combines both holotomography and 3D fluorescence imaging into one microscope. The HT-2 facilitates three-dimensional fluorescence and optical diffraction tomography of live cells using structured illumination with minimal stress on cells. This technology opens the door to a variety of previously unexplored applications in the fields of bioscience and life science and enables researchers and clinicians to break into new frontiers of understanding, diagnosing, and treating disease.

The HT-2 is able to achieve label-free imaging of cells and allows users to conduct long-term tracking of specific areas within live cells. It has the capacity to deliver correlative analysis in 2D, 3D and 4D with HT and fluorescence images, and incorporates a customisable three-channel LED light source (385 nm, 470 nm, 570 nm). HT-2 generates Z-stack images with a motorised Z-drive (step resolution: 150nm).


Correlative microscopy in one instrument: – HT-2 provides high-quality 3D images of both holotomography and 3D fluorescence for each sample.

Quantitative data marked with fluorescence: – HT-2 provides morphological (volume, surface area, projection area, sphericity and ellipticity), chemical (dry mass, concentration) and mechanical (cell deformability) properties of cells with 3D refractive index (RI) tomogram. Moreover, fluorescence image provides information about molecular specificity.

Live cell molecular and holographic imaging with minimal stress on cells: – Simultaneous measurement capability of time-lapse 3-D RI tomography and fluorescence image allows long-time tracking of specific targets in live cells. The fluorescence image provides the position of specific target organelles or structures in live cell, and consecutive measurements of time-lapse 3D RI tomography enables the monitoring of cells and their structures with minimal stress.

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August 2, 2018
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SciTech Now Distributing GRAND-EOS Hyperspectral Imagers from Photon Etc.

The GRAND-EOS Hyperspectral Microscopy System is one of the latest innovations from Photon Etc. Integrating a wide-field imaging platform, it gives access to micro and macro modalities with VNIR (400-1000nm) and SWIR (900-1700 nm) spectral ranges. GRAND-EOS incorporates Photon Etc’s patented filtering technology, based on volume Bragg grating, to enable a non-polarized wavelength selection with high throughput and efficiency. It is tailor-made for a number of industrial based applications including Food and Plants Sorting, Mineral Analysis and Photovoltaic Characterisation.

The GRAND EOS includes a front-illuminated CCD Camera, is continuously tunable, and provides a motorised focus. It achieves a wavelength absolute accuracy of < 0.3 nm and a wavelength tuning speed of 60 ms (stabilisation time) per 2 nm step, whilst its field of view can be optimised from 20 x 20 mm to 160 x 160 mm.

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July 6, 2018
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Scitech newly appointed distributor for Photon Etc

Scitech is proud to announce their recent appointment as official authorised distributors in Australia and New Zealand for Canadian-based suppliers Photon Etc.

Photon Etc. develops and manufactures an esteemed range of optical and photonic instrumentation including hyperspectral microscopes, infrared cameras and tunable filters. They are committed to providing their customers with innovative and reliable instruments, derived from the latest advances in photonics and optics. Their products are geared towards academic research and cutting-edge industrial applications in the fields of nanotechnology, life sciences, material analysis, industrial science, space and astronomy.

Their core technology is a continuously tunable filter, based on volume Bragg gratings, whilst they also offer leading platforms for Raman Imaging and Luminescence Microscopy Imaging. In addition to this, Photon Etc. delivers an affordable range of SWIR cameras, sensitive from 800nm to 2.9nm, integrating either InGaAs or HgCdTe Focal Plan Arrays. Photon Etc. uses their own ‘user-friendly’ software, PHySpec™, as a means of controlling all Photon Etc. devices and supported cameras.

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June 12, 2018
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High Content Screening

The Acquifer imaging machine is a fully automated microscopy system for small model organisms and cell-based screening applications. It is an easy-to-use, high speed screening  platform especially  for  time-lapse recording and  is  focused  on  high  stability,  easy  maintenance, maximum experiment reproducibility and long-term data transparency. Typical   applications include screening   of   zebrafish, drosophila, yeast, cells and 3D-cell cultures. The combination of a static microtiter plate and moving objectives, provides an optimized research platform for samples in agarose, gel and water. With optimized  temperature and CO2 control,  pressure  free  incubation,  linear  motor and laser  auto-focus, optimized images can be acquired  throughout  the  image acquisition process.

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