Inverted routine microscope with LED light source from Leica

The Leica (Wetzlar, Germany) DM IL LED is the first inverted routine microscope to combine Leica HC optics with state-of-the-art LED illumination. The low-maintenance light source with no heat build-up, combined with long free working distances, generous space for operation, and high stability, enable microscopy with live samples. The Leica DM IL LED and the fluorescence variant, Leica DM IL FLUO, can be individually configured with a wide range of optics and accessories. Featuring an energy-saving automatic shutoff, the compact illumination unit integrates a pre-centered LED with a lifetime of 50,000 hours. The 10 watt power of the LED is fully converted into light. Transmitted light illumination, optimized condensers and contrasting techniques are specially geared to cytobiological applications.

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Leica DM IL LED

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original press release from Leica

First Inverted Routine Microscope with LED Light Source
Leica DM IL LED Combines Brilliant Optics with Innovative Illumination
Wetzlar, Germany. Brilliant optics and optimum illumination are the key to achieving the best possible results in microscopy. The Leica DM IL LED is the first inverted routine microscope to combine superlative Leica HC optics with state-of-the-art LED illumination. The low-maintenance light source with no heat build-up, the long free working distances and generous space for operation and the system's high stability, create ideal conditions for microscopy with live samples. The Leica DM IL LED and the fluorescence variant Leica DM IL FLUO are exceptionally versatile and can be individually configured with a wide range of optics and accessories – advantages that are unique in this class of microscope.

Ready for anything
The Leica DM IL LED is suitable for a wide variety of cell and tissue culture examinations in biology and medicine, for studies in development biology or micromanipulation all the way up to live cell experiments in transgenics or electrophysiology. The Leica DM IL FLUO variant offers versatile application potential for fluorescence applications such as GFP labeling and can also be supplied with LED fluorescence illumination on request. Featuring an energysaving automatic shutoff, the compact illumination unit integrates a pre-centered LED with a lifetime of 50,000 hours – no more need for lamp change! The 10 watt power of the LED is fully converted into light.

Flexible and modular
The transmitted light illumination, optimized condensers and contrasting techniques are specially geared to cytobiological applications. All available contrasting techniques can be easily and quickly adjusted to individual requirements. The integrated modulation contrast (IMC) is a special advantage. This unique technique, further developed by Leica Microsystems, does not require special objectives. The microscope is highly compatible with components of Leica research microscopes. For the first time, condensers have been designed for the Leica DM IL LED that are suitable for all contrasting techniques. With its working distance of at least 80 mm and an aperture of 0.30, the S80 condensor gives the greatest possible amount of space around the sample whilst providing optimum contrast. The continuously adjustable condenser height offers unique flexibility when using peripheral microtools. With an aperture of 0.45 and at least 40 mm working distance, the S40 condenser enables particularly high resolutions -- ideal for phase contrast and IMC.
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Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures. It is one of the market leaders in each of its business areas: Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy with corresponding Imaging Systems, Specimen Preparation, and Medical Equipment. The company manufactures a broad range of products for numerous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. It also offers system solutions for life science including biotechnology and medicine, research and development of raw materials, and industrial quality assurance. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 10 manufacturing facilities in 8 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The international management is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.

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