Crest spinning disk on Nikon Ti2 stand
CrestOptics X-LIGHT V3 CONFOCAL UNIT SN V32206186P

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A spinning disk confocal expecially useful for high resolution live imaging, wide field of view tiling, and cleared tissues too big for laser scanning confocal and too small for lightsheet. This microscope replaces the Nikon Ti for CFP/YFP ratio FRET.
The microscope may also be used for widefield imaging including transmitted light imaging at speeds up to 500 frames per second.

All samples for this microscope require a #1.5 coverslip. Read more here.


LEDs for widefield fluorescence: 385, 475, 550, 621 nm.
Excitation filters for widefield:  multipass standard blue/green/red/near-IR, CFP/YFP.
Lasers for confocal: 405, 440, 488, 514, 561, 640, 730 nm.
Emission filters:  438/24, 485/20, 511/20, 595/31, 685/40, 794/32, 484/561 CFP/YFP FRET, multipass 440/521/607/694/809 nm.
70 um pinholes (optimized for 20X lens).
Perfect Focus System, IR laser based.


Make sure you use the correct immersion media.  Using the wrong oil will give bad images.
10X Plan Fluor Ph1 DLL -- Warning: Not chromatically corrected! Not for confocal. 
20X 0.80 AIR Plan Apo λD DIC 
60X 1.40 OIL  Plan Apo λS Ph3 Why Phase Contrast?
100X 1.49 OIL Apo TIRF DIC
100X 1.35 SILICONE OIL (as of 20240307 by request, ask staff to install on microscope)


Camera and Field Of View

The Kinetix camera is very low noise. You may find that setting the maximum intensity at 6000 in 16 bits mode is more than enough signal.  The camera has a very large field of view and a few modes. Most people will use it in the 16 bits mode. However, understanding the different modes is important if you want to approach single molecule type sensitivity or drive the camera fast, such as 500 frames per second. More details here.

The largest image is 2720 X 2720 pixels. With the 40X lens, this covers 442 X 442 um. At 100X, the FOV is 177 X 177 um. Of course, you may choose a smaller FOV. Read more here.


Tokai Hit environmental chamber

Chamber has inserts for slides and 35 mm dishes. All chambers must have #1.5 coverglass bottoms. Polycarbonate works for imaging but does not work with autofocus system.
Heated collar for immersion lenses.


A few rules

The single worst thing you can do is spill any liquid on the scope. If there is a spill of any liquid, IMMEDIATELY clean it up. The first priority is anything that spills near the objective lenses. Then immediately follow this by contacting staff. Do not continue your experiment. Addressing any potential damage takes precedence over any experiments.

For work with dishes, we advise putting a few crumpled Kimwipes or low dust cloth around the lenses.

Do not touch any of the knobs, keyboard, mouse with gloves on. There's really no reason to wear gloves.

All parts must be kept in their correct locations. For instance, all Tokai Hit parts must be returned to the plastic drawer units where they are stored.

Never touch the camera or any part of the confocal unit except for the power switch. Do not put anything on top of this unit.

Oil always placed in dishes. NEVER put oil bottle down on any other surface.

If you get oil on the side of the bottle or lid, immediately clean all of it off. The next person who touches the oil bottle should not get oil on their fingers.

Use the correct immersion medium with the correct lens. There are three types of immersion media:
1. Water, Genteal, or other water substitute.
2. Silicone oil for 40X and 100X silicone lenses only.
3. Oil (typically Cargill Labs LDF) for 60X and 100X TIRF lenses only.

If you think the tip of the wand touched the wrong oil on the top of a lens, DO NOT put it back in the bottle. This would contaminate the entire bottle. Contact staff.

If you think you got immersion oil on the 20X air lens, immediately stop what you are doing and contact staff.

Data Storage:

All data must be stored on drives D:, E:, F:.

If you store data on drive C: or on the desktop, you may lose access to the scope.
If you plug a USB device in that has not been MCIT anti-virus scanned and vetted by core staff in advance, you also may lose access to the scope.

Drive D: must be empty at the end of your session. It is a solid state drive for highest speed imaging. You may collect data here but need to copy them to E:, F:, or a server at the send of your session.

Files should be copied or moved to the server before the end of every session. Official policy is that data may not be left on E: or F:, but for practial purposes, this is tolerated until disk space drops below 1 TB. When disk space drops below 1 TB, files will be deleted oldest to most recent. There will be no warnings. Each user is responsible for their data.



If condenser won’t lock in place, is too loose, or slips after focusing it, turn both knobs clockwise (if you were facing each knob, clockwise for each knob) until tight enough to stop slipping but not too tight to adjust height.  This is standard on Nikon and Olympus scopes.



On startup, you will get a splash screen asking for Kinetix camera. Yes to the camera.

More details coming soon.




CrestOptics X-LIGHT V3 CONFOCAL UNIT SN V32206186P