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Multi-purpose Zoom Microscopes

Multi-purpose zoom microscopes ideal for capturing high-quality images from high to low magnifications.

Nikon's AZ100 series multizoom microscopes offer the combined advantages of a stereoscopic microscope with a wide field of view and long working distance, and a compound microscope boasting high-resolution images. The AZ100 is the basic model while the motorized AZ100M provides advanced, software-controlled image acquisition.

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Key Features

NIS-Elements imaging software

  • AZ100M

Combining motorized Z axis control with the optional Extended Depth of Focus (EDF) function of NIS-Elements makes it possible to easily create all-in-focus 3D images by combining a series of images with different focal planes.

Furthermore, communication between the intelligent nosepiece and motorized 8x zoom automatically maintains measurement calibration and scale display at all magnification settings.

Elements EDF Module

A series of images with differing focal points

Those sections that are in focus are combined

All-in-focus image


Intelligent nosepiece capable of communicating with a PC

The AZ100M features an intelligent nosepiece (AZ-NPI intelligent triple nosepiece) that can communicate with a PC.

The intelligent nosepiece provides objective magnification information to the PC and software, so that when the user changes the objective lens while measuring a component, the device will automatically switch to the appropriate calibration information. Accurate, efficient image capture, measurement, and scale display are all possible.


Control units for remote control of AZ100M

  • AZ100M

Zooming and focusing can be controlled using the AZ-MC Controller.

  • The AZ-HRC Hand Remote Controller puts zoom control and focusing at the user's fingertips.
  • The AZ-FSW Foot Switch enables zoom and focusing via a foot control, which is especially useful when both hands are occupied.

AZ-FSW Foot Switch


Microscope control window (AZ-Pad)

  • AZ100M

① Objective lens power

② Zoom power

③ Observation method

④ Condenser (low/high power)

⑤ Motorized vertical movement

⑥ Filter block (When combined with an AZ-FL FL unit)


Macro observation with on-axis viewing

True on-axis observation and image capture are possible due to the AZ100/AZ100M's elimination of the traditional stereoscope's angular view of the specimen.

On-axis viewing

Angular viewing


Mono zoom mechanism

Stereoscopic microscopes always capture images in a diagonal direction due to the structure of the device. The AZ100/AZ100M, however, captures high-resolution, high-contrast images with on-axis viewing.


A wide range of magnifications

By combining the 8x zoom optics (which provide a 1 to 8x magnification range) and three-position objective nosepiece, the AZ100/AZ100M provides the highest magnification ratio of any such device in the world. The objective lens lineup consists of 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, and 5x lenses. When combined with AZ-W 10x eyepiece lenses, the AZ100/AZ100M covers an incredible range from 5x to 500x magnifications (the latter includes the 1.25x device magnification of the coaxial illuminator). The zoom knob incorporates an engageable click-stop mechanism for measuring and reproducing magnification settings.

Zoom 1x

Zoom 2x

Zoom 4x

Zoom 8x

Medeka (Oryzias latipes) eggs (Using Plan Apo 4x objective lens)


Comes standard with an aperture stop

The AZ100/AZ100M incorporates an aperture stop that allows you to adjust contrast and field depth based on your specimen requirements, enhancing both visual observation and image acquisition.

Aperture stop dial

with maximum aperture

with minimum aperture


Tilting eyepiece tubes

The AZ100/AZ100M comes standard with eyepiece tubes that tilt from 0° to 30°. This feature enables the optimal eye level for the observer's height and posture as well as the sample height. Two different beam-split ratios for the binocular and photo port can be selected: 100:0/0:100, which is suitable for photo documentation; or 100:0 and 20:80, which enables visual observation while displaying an image on a monitor.


Stands

Nikon has developed two new extremely stable dedicated stands: a reflected-only and a dual-purpose reflected/transmitted illumination stand. Even during observation at high magnifications, these stands enable stable, blur-free observation.


Dedicated stages

The product lineup consists of a reflected-only and a dual-purpose reflected/transmitted illumination stage. The three-plate structure of the stage enables stable operation even for observation at high magnification. They provide superior durability even when supporting heavy industrial samples.


Double-coarse/fine focusing system

Focusing can be done using either the AZ stand or stage controls. Since the stand section offers an 85mm stroke and the stage section a 10mm stroke, even tall samples can easily be observed. Focusing the stage can be performed easily with up-front table-level controls, without having to put your hands above the sample.

① Moves up/down 10mm

② Maximum sample size of 85mm*

③ Moves up/down 85mm

*Differs depending on the objective lens and stand combination


Various microscopy methods

In addition to brightfield observation, a wide range of observation methods is possible, including epi-fluorescence, Nomarski DIC, simple polarizing and oblique illumination. AZ100/AZ100M enables simultaneous mounting of epi-fluorescence and diascopic DIC attachments, allowing effortless switching between observation modes.

Epi-fluorescence
Mouse cerebellum
(using Plan Apo 4x objective lens)

Diascopic DIC
Zebrafish
(using Plan Fluor 5x objective lens)