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.
NIS-Elements imaging software interfaces
Combining motorized Z axis control with the EDF function (optional) 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 displays at all magnification settings.
Elements EDF Module
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 transmits information on objective magnification to a PC, 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
Zooming and focusing can be user-controlled via the AZ-MC Controller.
- The AZ-HRC Hand Remote Controller puts zoom and focusing at the user's fingertips.
- The AZ-FSW Foot Switch enables zoom and focusing via a foot control, which is especially handy when both hands are busy.
Microscope control window (AZ-Pad)
A: Objective lens power
B: Zoom power
C: Observation method
D: Condenser (low/high power)
E: Motorized vertical movement
F: Filter block (When combined with an AZ-FL FL unit)
Macro observation by on-axis viewing
True on-axis observation and image capture are possible in the macro region due to the AZ100/AZ100M's elimination of the traditional stereoscope's angular view of the specimen
Comparison of macro image
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 built-in 8x zoom optics, which provide from 1x to 8x magnification, with a three-position objective nosepiece, the AZ100/AZ100M enables observation at 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 everything from low, through medium to high magnification. In the range of 5x to 500x (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.
Comes standard with an aperture stop
The AZ100/AZ100M ships complete with an aperture stop that is effective not only for visual observation, but also for the capture of digital images. This aperture stop allows you to freely change contrast and field depth based on your specimen requirements
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 100:0/20:80, which enables visual observation while displaying an image on a monitor.
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.
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.
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.