Core Biotechnology Services

Olympus IX81 - Inscoper




The three Olympus microscopes housed in the Adrian Building were originally funded by the Wolfson Foundation and installed in autumn 2007. In April 2008 this microscope suite was named 'The Wolfson Foundation light microscopy facility'. Our live cell imaging and screening station is one of the microscopes in this facility. A second system, Nikon microscope 3 in the MSB, was upgraded with screening software funded by the University Equipment Fund in autumn 2013.

In 2022 this system was upgraded to Windows 10 with BBSRC funding as part of the Midlands Open Bioimaging (MOB) initiative. The upgrade included a new LED light source, new excitation and emission filters, new camera and a new PC. The system was also upgraded with new acquisition software from Inscoper.

This system can handle slides, 35 mm dishes and multi well plates. A slide holder for 4 slides is available.

This microscope is build around an inverted IX81 motorized microscope running Inscoper acquisition software. This system is equipped with an Hamamatsu ORCA Flash 4.0 LT+ camera (pixel size 6.5x6.5 µm and 82 % peak quantum efficiency), DIC objectives, hardware ZDC (Zero Drift Compensation) and software autofocus, linear encoders for high xy-precision, CO2 and a stage incubator for live cell imaging.

The Inscoper software allows for imaging of fixed samples or live cells and includes a high-content screening option. This makes it possible to screen both large and small numbers of samples. It has fully automated image acquisition which allows the user to select the number of images per well, the number of wells and the different filter sets. Results can be analysed using the the powerful Olympus ScanR image analysis software for automated object detection and cell separation using histograms and gating settings to include or exclude data sets.

Current software: Inscoper 7.1.15


365, 435, 470, 500, 550, 580, 635nm

Filter wheel with excitation filters

  • DAPI (376/30)
  • CFP (430/24)
  • GFP/FITC(480/30)
  • YFP (500/20)
  • mRFP/TRITC (555/25)
  • TxRed (560/40)
  • Cy5 (640/30)

Emission filter cubes on the microscope

  • DAPI/FITC/TRITC/Cy5; 418 - 450 nm, 505 - 532 nm, 577 - 610 nm, 664.5 - 725 nm (Chroma 89402m)
  • CFP/YFP; 455 - 484 nm, 520 - 554 nm (Chroma 29017m)
  • GFP/RFP;  
  • HqFITC; 510 - 565 nm
  • Cy5 (Dichroic 660LP, emission 700/75m)



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