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Educational resources for microscope-based imaging
Nikon is committed to connecting you with the information you need to further your understanding of microscope-based imaging. Here is where you will find helpful educational materials such as posters and e-learning courses, additional product information, helpful links to other sites, and more. Browse the various sections or use the search tool to return relevant information based on application, technique or product.
We're proud to host a range of free educational and informational material concerning both Nikon microscope products and optical microscopy more generally. Application notes, webinars, ebooks, and more are available.
New Resolution Calculator
The Resolution Calculator tool can be used to model the performance of an optical microscope. Simply input the appropriate parameters in order to calculate important performance specifications such as resolution, depth of field, sampling rate, confocality, and more.
Optical microscopy is an invaluable tool for life science research. In each of our application notes we step into a different field to explore how Nikon microscope solutions enable the interrogation of important research questions.
Stay up-to-date on the latest imaging technologies, applications, and current trends with Nikon’s collection of free webinars. These events feature deep discussions with thought leaders in their respective fields. Click to see the list of upcoming and on-demand events.
Nikon has partnered with Science/AAAS to produce a series of free ebooks concerning current topics of importance in light microscopy for biomedical research. Ebooks include reviews, white papers, and relevant primary research articles.
Are you looking for a useful poster to put near your microscope? Nikon has produced posters concerning such key topics as confocal microscopy, microscope light paths, Köhler alignment, and more – available for free high-resolution download here.
How do you clean microscope optics? This is an important question that will impact the useful lifetime of your microscope system. That’s why Nikon has assembled a collection of video tutorials covering maintenance-type topics such as cleaning, as well as several instructional pieces.
Nikon Instruments offers a host of free microscopy e-Learning courses, with the goal of expanding your imaging knowledge and understanding of our products. Each course is an interactive learning experience, offering practical training on the most modern systems available.
Are you looking to brush up on your microscopy skills? Both novices and experts alike can benefit from a trip to Nikon’s MicroscopyU! Educational articles and interactive tutorials provide a near-comprehensive coverage of the most important topics in light microscopy, ranging from the basic properties of light to the latest super-resolution technologies.
More About Nikon Systems
Find free downloads and additional information concerning Nikon microscope products, including brochures, safety data sheets, and more.
Several Nikon microscope models are available with dedicated Online Guides - web-based manuals that can help you independently learn to set up and operate your microscope. Online Guides can be accessed here or by simply scanning the QR code on the microscope, where included.
The modern light microscopy landscape is vast, touching countless scientific disciplines. Nikon’s “Focus On” series explores a variety of research and clinical application areas and how Nikon microscope systems address key requirements. Topics include super-resolution, neuroscience, virology, and more!
Nikon's Objective Selector tool enables you to quickly and easily find the best objective for your application. Refine your search based on criteria such as application, technique, objective class, and immersion type.
This series takes an inside look into the inspiration behind new Nikon microscope products, sitting down with the respective development teams for detailed discussions regarding the design and production process, including how key challenges were overcome.
View and download brochures for current Nikon microscope products. Brochures include detailed product information, such as features and specifications (including system diagrams), major areas of product application, and more.
Safety Data Sheets
View and download Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for current Nikon immersion oils and other products with an SDS. We recommend users follow good laboratory practice and review the SDS and prepare appropriately prior to product application.
Software and firmware downloads for Nikon microscope products (including microscope cameras). Software downloads are available for both current and select legacy products (Windows only). User registration is required to download.
Denoise.ai Free Trial
Denoise image data acquired using both confocal and CMOS-based widefield systems with Denoise.ai, available for the NIS-Elements software. Denoise.ai uses a convolutional neural network thoroughly pre-trained at the Nikon factory to remove Poisson noise – upload an image now and try it for free.
Customer Interviews and Research
See how actual Nikon customers are using their microscope products in the field. Don't miss the curated collection of free peer-reviewed video articles detailing different microscopy research methods.
Are you curious how Nikon microscope systems perform in the real world? We’ve conducted interviews with scientists across a diversity of disciplines in order to learn about the key challenges they face and how their Nikon microscope systems impact their research.
Extended multi-part experimental methods involving complex instrumentation can be difficult to communicate in a traditional written form. That’s why Nikon has teamed up with the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) to visually share how our microscope systems are applied in real peer-reviewed research methods, helping to improve reproducibility.
Can't get enough microscopy? Then check out some of our special interest content, including information about the Nikon Small World competitions - the world's leading microscope-based image and video contests.
Nikon Small World
Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.
Cell Press Videos
Nikon is proud to sponsor the Cell Press Video Portal, which showcases cutting-edge research from Elsevier’s various life science publications. Also featured on the portal are the winning movies from Nikon’s Small World in Motion Digital Video Competition.
Cell × Image Lab
Cell culture has long relied on qualitative judgments by lab personnel. However, in a new era of stem cell culture for applications in drug discovery and regenerative medicine, it is important to approach cell culture processes quantitatively to ensure reproducibility. The Cell x Image Lab website details how phase contrast imaging and analysis with Nikon cell screening systems supports this endeavor.
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