August 13, 2015

Core Facilities News, BioOptics

New confocal microscope

LSM 880 with Airyscan


The Biooptics Facility would like to introduce the newest addition to our microscope portfolio.

The LSM 880 with Airyscan (M27) is a state-of-the-art confocal microscope with all the capabilities of the previous LSM 780 series.

These include:

  • highly sensitive GaAsP detection, providing high SNR even with weak fluorescence
  • full spectral detection capacity with freely tunable bandwidths
  • a wide palette of excitation wavelengths suitable for the common blue/green/red and far-red emitting dyes as well as CFP/YFP-like dyes

In addition to this, the LSM 880 features the new Airyscan – a hexagonal GaAsP detector array. Each individual detector functions as a 0.2 AU virtual pinhole, allowing image reconstruction with an up to 1.7-fold increase in lateral and axial resolution.

The ZEN2 software allows users to design complex multidimensional image acquisition patterns including and combining z-stacks, time-lapse, multi-channels and multiple positions. Loops and pauses can be programmed as well.

On the 27th of August 2015, Zeiss will organize an Airyscan workshop. Detailed information will follow.