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By combining built-in 8x zoom optics, which provide from 1x to 8x magnification, with a three-position objective nosepiece, the AZ100 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 covers everything from low, though 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.
True on-axis observation and image capture are possible in the macro region due to the AZ100's elimination of the traditional stereoscope's angular view of the specimen.
Stereoscopic microscopes always capture images in a diagonal direction due to the structure of the device. The AZ100, however, captures high-resolution, high-contrast images with on-axis viewing.
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.
The AZ100 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.
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.
The AZ100 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.
|Observation method:||Transmitted light: brightfield, Nomarski DIC, simple polarizing, and oblique illumination observation
Reflected light: Fluorescence, Nomarski DIC, coaxial illumination, and LED illumination observation
|Total magnification:||5x to 400x (depends on the combination of eyepiece lenses and objective lens), 6.25x to 500x when a coaxial illuminator is mounted|
|Zoom range:||1 to 8 (zoom ratio: 8:1)|
|Eyepiece tubes:||0.6x reduction optics built into photo port AZ-TE100 Ergonomic Trinocular Tube 100 (bino: photo 100:0/0:100), AZ-TE80 Ergonomic Trinocular Tube 80 (bino: photo 100:0/20:80), and AZ-TP DSC Tube 0.6x (direct tube type)|
|Inclination angle:||0° to 30° (with AZ-TE100/AZ-TE80 eyepiece tube)|
|Interpupillary adjustment range:||50 to 75mm (with AZ-TE100/AZ-TE80 eyepiece tube)|
|Eyepiece lens:||AZ-W 10x (FOV: 22mm)|
|Focus mount adapters:||AZ-FM Focusing Mount Adapter (for AZ-STE/STD stand), AZ-SMZ SMZ Focusing Mount Adapter (for SMZ plain stand/BD stand), and AZ-LV LV Focusing Mount Adapter (for LV-IMA/LV-IM).|
|Stands:||AZ-STD Diascopic Stand/AZ-STE Episcopic Stand: (focus mount section: focusing stroke, 85mm; coarse, 18.5mm/rotation; fine, 3.27mm/rotation
Stage focus section: focusing stroke, 10mm; coarse, 37.7mm/rotation; fine, 0.27mm/rotation) C-PS160 Plain Stand, C-BD Diascopic Bright/Darkfield Stand
|Stages:||AZ-STGD DIA Stage (150 x 100mm stroke), AZ-STGE EPI Stage (150 x 150mm stroke)|
|Objective lens mounts:||AZ-NP3 Triple Nosepiece, AZ-NPS Single Nosepiece,
AZ-FLDIC FL-DIC Prism Holder (used when simultaneously mounting epi-fluorescence and diascopic DIC attachments)
|Objective lenses:||AZ-Plan Apo 0.5x (NA: 0.05/WD: 54mm), AZ-Plan Apo 1x (NA: 0.1/WD: 35mm), AZ-Plan Fluor 2x (NA: 0.2/WD: 45mm), AZ-Plan Apo 4x (NA: 0.4/WD: 20mm), AZ-Plan Fluor 5x (NA: 0.5/WD: 15mm)|
|Illuminators:||Diascopic illuminator: AZ-STD Diascopic Stand (100W halogen), Episcopic illuminator: AZ-ICI Coaxial illuminator (device magnification:1.25x, 100W halogen), C-FID Plastic Fiber Optics Bifurcated Illuminator (100W halogen), AZ-LED LED Ring Illuminator (LED), Epi-fluorescence illuminator: C-HGFI/HGFIE HG Precentered Fiber Illuminator (manual/motorized, 130W mercury), Lamphouse HMX-4B (100W mercury)|
|Epi-fluorescence attachment:||AZ-FL Epi-fluorescence Attachment (up to four filter cubes mountable)|
|Power consumption:||C-FI115/230 Fiber Illuminator: 2.3A, HG Precentered Fiber Illuminator: 2A|
|Weight:||Epi-fluorescence + diascopic DIC configuration: 28kg|
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