Zeiss LSM 980 Airyscan 2

Early in 2020 we introduced the Zeiss LSM 980 Airyscan 2 system, funded by the BBSRC ALERT18 equipment round. The LSM 980 Airyscan 2 is build on a fully motorized Axio Observer 7 inverted microscope stand with Z-peizo, environmental chamber with temperature and CO2 control and uses the ZEN Blue 3 acquisition and analysis software. To find the fluorescent signal using the eye pieces the user has access to Colibri LED light source to detect DAPI, FITC and TxRed like signals.

The Airyscan 2 includes options for fast imaging with improved resolution. Suitable applications include live cell imaging/time courses, colocalization studies, Photo-activation, FRAP, FRET, spectral imaging, stitching of large areas and imaging of fixed samples.

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Publishing

When publishing results obtained using the Zeiss LSM 980 Airyscan 2 confocal laser scanning microscope, you are required to acknowledge the BBSRC grant number: BB/S019510/1

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System specification

Excitation laser lines (solid state lasers)

405nm, 445nm, 488nm, 514nm, 561nm and 639nm

Objectives

  • NEOFLUAR 2.5x/0.085 WD=8.8mm
  • Plan Apo 10x/0,45 WD=2.0mm
  • Plan Apo 20x/0.8 WD=0.55mm DIC
  • LD LCI PApo 40x/1.2 ImmCorrDIC
  • Plan-Apochromat 63x/1.40 Oil DIC f/ELYRA

Learn more about the objectives.

Detectors

  • 2 multialkali PMT detectors
  • 32-channel spectral GaAsP detector
  • Airyscan 2 with multiplex mode (see Imaging modes table below)
  • Transmitted light PMT

ZEN 3 modules included

  • Airyscan and Airyscan 2 Multiplex plus
  • Sample Navigator
  • Tiles/Positions
  • Experiment Designer
  • Direct Processing

Airyscan 2 imaging modes (data provided by Carl Zeiss)

LSM980  Airyscan SR  Multiplex SR-4Y  Multiplex SR-8Y  Multiplex CO-8Y 
Parallellization 
Resolution (nm)*  120/120  140/140  120/160  confocal or better 
Max fps at max field of view (mm)  0.2 (7 at zoom 1, 7)  1 (12 at zoom 1)  2 (12 at zoom 1)  9.6 (12 at zoom 1) 
Max fps 512 x 512  4.7  25  47.5  34.4 
ab fine structure  +++++  ++++  +++  ++ 
ab tiling  ++  ++++ ++++ ++
Live cell imaging ++  +++  ++++  +++++ 

*Further improvement of resolution up to around 40 nm can be obtained using FEAST imaging (fluctuation-enhanced Airyscan technology). This uses SRRF on airyscan images. see Wang et al. (2020) Multicomposite super-resolution microscopy: Enhanced Airyscan resolution with radial fluctuation and sample expansions.