Zeiss 700 microscope
Alexandria Center East 8th Floor, room 818B
Phone in room x42677 or 646-754-2677

To use microscope you must be trained by Michael Cammer or Yan Deng via the Microscopy Core.

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  1. Appointment in iLab.
  2. Only if need environmental chamber heat on, power strip #3 for incubator.
  3. Hg arc lamp for viewing fluorescence by eye. (Shelf above microscope.)
  4. Power strip switch #1.
  5. Power strip switch #2.
  6. Computer:
    • Check if already on. If logged in, then log out and log in.
    • If off, turn on with power on front of computer.
  7. Zen software. Do not touch microscope while blue bar is progressing during software startup.
  8. Make sure the microscope stage plate is properly inserted flat and recessed.


  1. If oil lens used, lightly clean.
  2. Switch to 10X lens.
  3. Focus the microscope as low as it will go. The touch pad will Say Lowest Z Limit.
  4. Copy your files over network or to USB device to take with you.
  5. Quit software.
  6. Log out of computer account. Computer may be left on.
  7. Switches in reverse order.
  8. DO NOT turn off computer monitor
  9. Sign out logbook.


Switches #1, #2, and #3.


General Confocal Best practices:


There are two ways to choose the spectral detection. One is by filter and the other is by a user adjustable mask. If you are using multiple channels, imaging will be much faster if the mask does not move between channels. We typically leave it at 555 nm. But custom selection may provide fine tuning of spectral detection.


About the microscope

Laser lines Useful for...
405 nm Dapi, CFP, Pacific Blue, Alexa 405, Brilliant Violets
488 nm FITC, Alexa488, GFP, YFP, NBD
555 nm RFP, mCherry, rhodamine, Cy3, Alexa568, Alexa594, propidium iodide
639 nm Cy5, Alexa647, To-Pro




Manual uncaging / photo activation using widefield illumination.


Partial list of publications with data from this microscope:



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