Nikon TE2000 Microscope

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CCD Camera

Hamamatsu Digital CCD Camera C4742-80-12AG -- ORCA-AG Deep Cooled Digital Camera

Digital Imaging with CCD Camera

This page and this page explains why the 60X is almost as good as the 100X objective for our camera.

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Focusing the condenser

FL Lamp

  • It takes the lamp about 2 minutes to warm up.
  • After a lamp has been turned off, it is a good idea to wait 30 min. before turning on again.


We have the following objectives: (It is unclear whether the item numbers specify the part number for Nikon, or only for MVI, a Nikon rep in the Boston area)

Dry Objectives

  • 2x: Plan APO 2x/0.1, Item
  • 10x DIC: Plan Fluor 10x/0.3 DIC L/N1
  • 20x DIC: Plan Fluor 20x/0.5 DIC M/N2, Item #MRH00200
  • 40X DIC: (add info here)

Oil Objectives

  • 60x DIC: Cfi Plan APO 60x/1.4 DIC Oil, Item #MRD01602
  • 60x phase contrast: Plan APO VC 60x/1.4 Oil Ph3 DM, Item #MRD31602
  • 100x DIC: Cfi Plan APO 100x/1.4 Oil DIC H, Item #MRD01900

(need to add the other features of these objectives, NA, working distance, etc.)

Filter Sets

FITC/GFP Filter Set

CFP Filter Set

YFP Filter Set

RFP Filter Set

UV/DAPI Filter Set

Solent incubation chamber

Changing the sensor zero value on Solent incubator

Power Mac G5 Dual Processor

Internal IP address -


  1. Install IPLab from IPLab CD
  2. Install all other files on IPLab CD (Camera Control, Motion control, etc.)
  3. In the folder Applications -> IPLab 3.9 Folder -> Device Modules, move all devce modules to the Device Modules - Disabled folder EXCEPT:
    1. Ludl S&F.ipmd
    2. Ludl Stage.ipmd
    3. Nikon TE2000.ipmd
    4. Orca-DCAM.ipma
    5. Virtual Camera.ipma
  4. Install Keyspan software from Keyspan CD
  5. Make sure that the switch box, camera, and microscope are all plugged into the Mac.
  6. Open IPLab
  7. If the window doesn't open up automatically, open the menu Control -> Device Setup
    1. You should see the following:
      1. Cameras: Orca-DCAM and VirtualCam
      2. Stages: Ludl Stage and Nikon TE2000 Z-Axis
      3. Positioners: Ludl S&F and Nikon E2000 Light Path
    2. If any of the following are listed at triangles, select them and hit Setup
    3. Select the appropriate port, and hit Ok, then connect.
  8. Open the Control -> Device Select menu
    1. Under Stages, select the following:
      1. XY Stage: Ludl Stage
      2. Z axis: Nikon TE2000 Z-axis
    2. Under Microscope, select the following "Positioners":
      1. Ludl Shutter 1
      2. Ludl Shutter 2
      3. TE2 Filter Cube Turret
      4. TE2 Analyzer
      5. TE2 Optical Path (or something like that)
  9. Check your scripts to make sure that they are calling the correct Positioners (e.g. you are opening Ludl Shutter 1 when you want a FL image, etc.)
  10. Make sure that the camera is set to 12 bit by going to Camera -> Camera Settings -> Bit Depth = 12.
  11. To ensure that all users have the same setup, move the following files from administrator -> Library -> Preferences to the corresponding folders in the desired user folder:
    1. DCAM.plist
  12. Also, copy everything from iVision user folder in the administrator account into the user iVision user folder.


Quantitative Microscopy

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IPLab Scripts

Autofocus IPLab Scripts

High-throughput Imaging IPLab Scripts

Movie-making IPLab Scripts

Image editing

For Mac OS X

Only "Graphics converter" and "Image J" can read the IPLab images directly. For ImageJ to open those images, you need to install a macro. Go to the Plugins Menu, choose "Macro", then "Install". Install the macro named OpenMacIPLab. The description of the file IPLab Mac format is in the User's Guide (Appendix), Other programs with a configurable "import" command may be able to open them once an specific configuration is set.


  • Nikon MicroscopyU is a useful resource for learning more about the optics relevant to the scope.
  • Molecular Expressions has general information related to microscopy. Some of this information appears to the the same as that offered by MicroscopyU.
    Note: one of the more useful parts of these two site are the Javascript tutorials. Unfortunately, they don't seem to load under Mac OS 10.3 using either Firefox or Safari. They do work in Tiger 10.4 using Safari however. If anyone knows of a workaround in 10.3, please place a link or note here.
  • Image processing toolbox from Matlab.


Service history


Q:Someone mistakenly put oil on the 40X dry objective. What's the best procedure for cleaning that off, without causing damage to the lens?

A(from Barry Alpert):Use either ether or chloroform with a wooden handled q tip ( I know thw lab supply houses carry this item )and gently wipe the oil off the lens. DO NOT scrub , as it will damage the coating.


Jason Kelly