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Image of a microscope and a computer showing the sample image to represent an explanation of the point spread function

A Beginner’s Guide to The Point Spread Function

By ZEISS Microscopy | June 9, 2021

Learn how the Point Spread Function affects what you see through your microscope and discover what you can do to improve your images.

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An introduction to Photoactivated Localization Microscopy (PALM)

By ZEISS Microscopy | December 18, 2020

How does photoactivated localization microscopy (PALM) work? And what use can PALM microscopy be to you? This short introduction to PALM gives you the answers!

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Beginners Guide to PALM Sample Preparation

By ZEISS Microscopy | December 17, 2020

Good PALM sample preparation is the key to great images. Find out how to choose the right fluorescent proteins and learn some tips and tricks for sample prep.

Automated Microscopy

Automated Microscopy

By ZEISS Microscopy | April 25, 2017

The traditional microscope that you know and love is operated manually. Picture the scene: the microscopist chooses the light source, gently places the sample the moveable stage, selects the objective lens, and scans to select the field of view. This process is perfect for processing and analyzing a small number of samples per day. But…

Data Analysis for Three-dimensional Volume Scanning Electron Microscopy

By ZEISS Microscopy | January 25, 2017

In recent years, three-dimensional (3D) scanning electron microscopy techniques have gained recognition in the biological sciences. In particular, array tomography, serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBFSEM) and focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIBSEM) (described in Three-Dimensional Scanning Electron Microscopy for Biology) have shown an increase in biological applications, elucidating ultrastructural details of cells…

Three-Dimensional Scanning Electron Microscopy for Biology

Three-Dimensional Scanning Electron Microscopy for Biology

By ZEISS Microscopy | October 4, 2016

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is a powerful technique, traditionally used for imaging the surface of cells, tissues and whole multicellular organisms (see An Introduction to Electron Microscopy for Biologists)(Fig. 1). While the resultant images appear to be three dimensional (3D), they actually contain no depth information. However, there are several SEM techniques that can obtain…

Microscope Maintenance

Let There Be Light! Microscope Maintenance Part 2: Köhler Illumination

By ZEISS Microscopy | March 9, 2016

In Part 1 of these articles, you’ll have learnt about common microscope light sources and how to replace and align these correctly. In this article, we will discuss the importance of Köhler illumination and how to set up the microscope to achieve optimal imaging results. What is Köhler illumination? Before discussing this technique, let us…

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Let There Be Light! Microscope Maintenance Part 1: Routine Care and Replacing Bulbs

By ZEISS Microscopy | February 24, 2016

Do you want the best imaging experience each time you use a microscope? Well, this is a rhetorical question, as we all desire that these delicate optical instruments are clean, free from immersion oil and correctly aligned. From the routine checking of slides, capturing images for presentations and publications, to diagnosing diseases using point-of-care microscopes,…

How to Troubleshoot Problems with Fluorescently Tagged Proteins

How to Troubleshoot Problems with Fluorescently Tagged Proteins

By ZEISS Microscopy | May 5, 2015

Using fluorescent proteins as imaging probes is a widespread and versatile technique in microscopy. You can use them in a wide range of living systems, from single cultured cells to complete organisms and animals. Fluorescently tagged proteins can be used to track and examine real-time localization, interactions and translocation of your protein of interest, as…

Live-Cell Imaging: Choosing the Right Technique

Live-Cell Imaging: Choosing the Right Technique

By ZEISS Microscopy | April 14, 2015

If you want to see in real time what is going on inside your cell then you should be performing live-cell imaging. Live-cell imaging techniques allow real-time examination of almost every aspect of cellular function under normal and experimental conditions. With all live-cell imaging experiments, the main challenges are to keep your cells alive and healthy…

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