The Axio Vert.A1 from Carl Zeiss
is an inverted compact cell culture microscope that combines all standard contrasting techniques in a single stand. In transmitted light, it offers bright-field, phase contrast, polarization contrast, PlasDIC (allows use of plastic culture vessels and slides), VAREL (specimen structures show up in relief) and improved Hoffmann modulation contrast (iHMC). The microscope also offers differential interference contrast (DIC) methods, making it possible to record very fine structures in cells. It is suited for use in reproductive medicine, particularly in vitro fertilization. The iHMC, PlasDIC and DIC contrasting techniques are integrated to allow observation of egg cells and sperm without the need to reconfigure the system. In fluorescence applications, the microscope uses long-life LED illumination.
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