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Olympus MIC-D Digital Microscope

Section Overview:

Olympus has thrown the doors open to a new era in optical microscopy education with the introduction of the MIC-D inverted digital microscope. Designed specifically for a wide spectrum of applications ranging from basic classroom instruction to more advanced laboratory analysis, this versatile microscope features a palette of contrast enhancing techniques that rival many research-level instruments.

Olympus MIC-D Digital Microscope

Review Articles

  • Anatomy of the MIC-D Digital Microscope

    The Olympus MIC-D digital microscope represents a unique design that incorporates a CMOS electronic digital imaging sensor as a substitute for the traditional eyepieces or oculars found in a majority of microscopes.

  • Digital Image Capture and Processing

    The Olympus MIC-D inverted digital microscope captures images with a metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor housed in the base and coupled to a computer for acquisition, cataloging and processing of digital images.

  • Software Interface Online Demonstration

    Explore the various functions of the interface software with a selection of single images, zoom sequences, and full-motion video produced by the actual software in this interactive tutorial.

  • MIC-D Digital Microscope Image Galleries

    The Olympus MIC-D digital microscope image galleries contain a wide spectrum of images representing all of the illumination techniques available with this unique instrument.

  • MIC-D Digital Microscope Quick Start Guide (PDF Format; 5.2 Mb)

    Download the official Olympus MIC-D Quick Start Guide, which provides a brief explanation of the microscope hardware and software, as well as hints on specimen choice, illumination techniques, and image processing.

Digital Video Galleries

Collections of time-lapse sequences featuring common chemical crystals undergoing melting transitions and pond life captured with the MIC-D in full-motion video are presented in this gallery. Video sequences are presented either as interactive Java tutorials or in Windows Media Player, and available in several playback formats to match a variety of Internet connection speeds.

  • Chemical Crystals

    Chemical compounds can exist in three basic phases: gaseous, liquid, or solid. This cinemicrographic collection shows time-lapse videos of various chemical compounds as they change physical states.

  • Pond Life

    Freshwater ponds are home to a variety of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants, insects, and animals. In this collection of digital videos, observe the activities of microscopic organisms taken from a typical North Florida pond.

MIC-D Digital Microscope Screen Savers

MIC-D Digitial Microscope Screen Savers

Visitors who enjoy the galleries are invited to download and install screen savers containing images from the galleries. Our software programmers have worked in collaboration with microscopists to develop a series of screen savers using digital images captured with the MIC-D microscope operating in a variety of contrast-enhancing modes. These screen savers have been developed for computers utilizing the Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, and XP) operating system and are available as free downloads to our visitors. We hope you enjoy these screen savers, which are provided at no charge by Olympus America, Inc. and The Florida State University.

Contributing Authors

Mortimer Abramowitz - Olympus America, Inc., Two Corporate Center Drive., Melville, New York, 11747.

Kenneth R. Spring - Scientific Consultant, Lusby, Maryland, 20657.

Matthew Parry-Hill, Brian O. Flynn, Kirill I. Tchourioukanov, Thomas J. Fellers and Michael W. Davidson - Olympus America, Inc., Two Corporate Center Drive., Melville, New York, 11747.

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