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FAQs - Shutters & Filter Wheels

Shutters and/or filter wheels are in common use in live cell imaging experiments.

Shutters control the bright field and/or fluorescence illumination. Filter wheels are used to either control the wavelength of excitation during fluorescence experiments or to modify the image seen by the camera.


Can I fit a shutter to the brightfield illumination?

Yes. In many cases, the shutter does not interfere with the incubator. Where it does the incubator is modified to accommodate the shutter.

It is essential that we know the exact configuration of your microscope so that we can ensure that we achieve a first time fit, every time.

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Can I fit a shutter to the fluorescence illumination?

Yes. Shutters are typically fitted as an additional item between the fluorescence lamp house and the microscope frame. This is the case even when the fluorescence lamp house is connected to the microscope frame via a fibre optic light pipe. Other manufacturers have a shutter located within the microscope casting.

In most cases the shutter does not interfere with the incubator. Where it does interfere the incubator is modified to accommodate the shutter.

It is essential that we know the exact configuration of your microscope so that we can ensure that we achieve a first time fit, every time.

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Can I fit a filter wheel to the fluorescence illumination?

Yes. Filter wheels are typically fitted as an additional item between the fluorescence lamp house and the microscope frame. This is the case even when the fluorescence lamp house is connected to the microscope frame via a fibre optic light pipe. Some models combine a shutter within the filter wheel.

In most cases the filter wheel does not interfere with the incubator. Where it does interfere the incubator is modified to accommodate the filter wheel.

It is essential that we know the exact configuration of your microscope so that we can ensure that we achieve a first time fit, every time.

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Can I fit a filter wheel to my camera?

Yes. Filter wheels are typically fitted as an additional item between the camera and the microscope frame.

Care should be taken to select the correct mount when adding a filter wheel. The combination of a filter wheel and the regular camera mount will position the camera further away from the microscope. This will stop the image being par focal with the eyepieces.

When the camera is mounted on either the side port or the trinocular port it may mechanically conflict with the incubation chamber. Where this happens the incubator is modified.

It is essential that we know the exact configuration of your microscope so that we can ensure that we achieve a first time fit, every time.

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