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Objectives on the Zeiss META Confocal Microscope


The following objectives are on the Zeiss confocal microscope:

10X PLAN APO N.A. 0.45
20X PLAN APO N.A. 0.75
40X PLAN NEOFLUAR N.A. 1.30 Oil Immersion
N.A. 1.40 Oil Immersion
100X PLAN-FLUAR N.A. 1.45 Oil Immersion

63X C-APO N.A. 1.20 Water Immersion

A 5X FLUAR N.A. 0.25 is also available -- ask Nathaniel to put it on if you want to use it.



The 63X water immersion objective has a cover slip correction collar. Cover slips vary in thickness with a # 1 1/2 coverslip being nominally .17 mm thick. Adjust the collar for the best image: while looking at the specimen by eye, adjust the collar in small increments, refocusing continuously with the microscope's fine focus. Go for the highest contrast, "sharpest" image -- a small punctate structure should become blurry in an identical fashion as you defocus both above and below the structure.



Contact Nathaniel Peters at ncpeters@uw.edu for additional information. Suggestions and comments are always welcome!

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