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Fluorescence Light Microscope

Fluorescence Microscope 2020

The Zeiss Observer Z1 inverted research-grade microscope is configured to perform fluorescence microscopy, bright-field microscopy, phase contrast microscopy and differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy. The addition of an Okolab heating stage chamber allows live cell imaging. The entire system is driven using Zen, a sophisticated Zeiss software package which facilitates image collection and system control. The installed ZEN Tiles & Positions module allows scanning specimen in large area and aligning the individual images precisely in relation to one another, and provides the optimal basis for imaging and analyzing the area larger than the field of view. Two Zeiss cameras are available with the microscope, the monochromatic AxioCam 506 (2752 x 2208 pixels, up to 20 fps) and the color AxioCam 503 (1936 x 1460 pixels, up to 38 fps).

Tables for the Zeiss Objectives can be found here.
A chart for immersion oil types can be found here.


  • High resolution color/mono CCD
  • Phase contrast high NA DIC
  • Zeiss Zen software
  • Time-lapse
  • Z-stacking
  • Mark & Find
  • Tiling
  • Okolab heating stage chamber
  • Motorized stage
  • Shutters to minimize light exposure

For additional information about this piece of equipment, see the Calendars, Contacts, and Fees pages.

Primary Contacts
Secondary Contacts
Manufacturer Carl Zeiss, Inc.
Equipment Model Zeiss Observer Z1
Location B606 A
Phone Numbers (217) 333-4387, (217) 244-6928