Halide microscope illuminator by Optical Building Blocks

July 31, 2012
Developer of electro-optical instrumentation, Optical Building Blocks Corporation (Birmingham, NJ), has introduced the ScopeLite 200, a microscope illuminator with the ultimate in intensity.

Developer of electro-optical instrumentation, Optical Building Blocks Corporation (Birmingham, NJ), has introduced the ScopeLite 200, a microscope illuminator with the ultimate in intensity. The illuminator optimizes a pre-aligned, self-focusing 200-watt metal halide lamp. Combining the line output of a mercury lamp spectrum with the versatility of a broadband lamp, the ScopeLite 200 is ideal for a multitude of applications ranging from fluorescence microscopy to cosmetic dentistry. Every metal halide lamp has temperature sensor to shut down if overheating occurs. The lamp displays hours of operation on the front panel, allowing the user to see when the lamp needs replacement. This device may be connected directly to a microscope or via epi-port.

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For the Ultimate in Intensity for a Microscope Illuminator we Introduce ScopeLite 200, you can never have too much intensity! While we recognize that you may not want to photo bleach your sample, you can always reduce the intensity of this source to virtually any level that you wish – however when you need the intensity, the ScopeLite 200 is there to deliver it.

The ScopeLite 200 delivers this high intensity, in a small package and at a very reasonable cost. In fact we challenge you to find a source that will give you as many watts of output per dollar as the ScopeLite 200 does.

The ScopeLite 200 optimizes a pre-aligned, self-focusing 200-watt metal halide lamp. Combining the line output of a mercury lamp spectrum with the versatility of a broadband lamp, the ScopeLite 200 is ideal for a multitude of applications ranging from fluorescence microscopy to cosmetic dentistry.

The typical lamp life is 2000 hours. Even after 2,000 hours, more than 70 percent of the lamp’s original power output still remains, allowing for reliability and constant intensity, beyond the 2,000 hrs. Every metal halide lamp has temperature sensor to shut down if overheating occurs. The ScopeLite 200 displays hours of operation on the front panel, allowing you to know when the lamp needs replacement. When that time comes, lamp replacement is quick and easy. The ScopeLite feature a side panel that opens and allows easy access to the lamp, which snaps into place in seconds.

The ScopeLite 200 can couple to virtually any microscope. The ScopeLite 200 comes with everything that you need: lamp, housing, power supply and a two-meter liquid light guide. The only thing that you need to specify is the make and model of you microscope and whether you will couple it to your epi-port or directly to the microscope.

Features and Benefits

• Very reasonable price – for the output power delivered, it is the least expensive on the market today
• Will work with virtually any microscope
• Long life, low operating cost – typical lamp life 2,000 hrs
• Excellent uniformity of illumination – particularly important and useful for imaging
• DC operation for the best in stability – DC means no 60 cycle AC flicker, again for imaging, it is important
• Wide spectral bandwidth – from 350 nm to 700 nm
• Small footprint – will definitely not clutter your lab
• Intensity Control – five preset positions: 100, 75, 50, 25 percent cent and complete block
• TTL operated mechanical shutter – prevents needless illumination of sample
• Intelligent lamp design – each lamp has temperature sensor to protect from over heating
• Pre-aligned, self-focusing lamp – replacement of lamps is easy, simply snap in, you cannot make a mistake, focusing is automatic.
• Simple and easy coupling to microscope – liquid light guide (LLG) is used to connect the illuminator to your microscope; it has quick release for easy exchange and alignment.
• Air cooled
• Lamp usage tracked – displayed in hours on front panel, you will know when lamp will need to be replaced

Lamp Specifications

Arc Gap 1.2 mm nom.
Avg Output 0 hrs 5100 Lm
CCT 6500 ±500K
Target Life 2000 hrs
Warm-up 2 minutes
Focusing optics built in reflector
Coupling to scope 2 meter, 2 mm liquid light guide

Other Specifications

  • Power Supply: AC universal input switch mode 85 – 260 V, 50 or 60 Hz converted to DC output to lamp
  • Igniter: Mounted internally on power supply.
  • Cooling: Air-cooled by internal fan
  • Illumination adjustment: 5 preset apertures, 25, 50, 75 and 100 percent block
  • Control panel: On/Off Switch, Shutter and Start Buttons, TTL input
  • Certification: CE, have applied for UL
  • Warranty: One year excluding lamp and LLG

Applications:

  • Epifluorescence Microscopy
  • Biotechnology: MicroArray
  • Industrial: UV Curing
  • Machine Vision
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Absorption Microscopy: Photodynamic therapy
  • Medical: Endoscope Light Source
  • Entertainment: Projection

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