Veroptics Microscopy and Imaging Blog

Veroptics™ Microscopy and Imaging Blog will highlight helpful microscopy and imaging tips, buying advice, and new product announcements, tailored especially toward beginning users who want to get the most from their imaging tools, and their data!

We will also use this as a forum to answer YOUR questions about equipment, products, or techniques, so please feel free to EMAIL US with your technical questions (or suggestions for Blog topics you would like to see covered!), and we will post some of your questions and answers here (names will be witheld unless you expressly request that we publish your name).

This blog is one more way that Veroptics provides microscopy and biophotonics solutions that work for you!

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SPIE Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XV

All your multiphoton imaging friends in one place:  Sunday – Tuesday February 8-10, 2015, in beautiful San Francisco!  This Conference is part of SPIE Photonics West Bios.  Hope to see you there!

Questions on microscope equipment or methods? Get them answered here . . .

EMAIL US with your questions on microscope equipment, microscopy methods, or any other imaging and biophotonics related questions, and we’ll answer them here. Or suggest a topic you would like to see covered in our Blog!

We can repair your multiphoton laser (and your other microscope lasers too) . . .

Veroptics’ experienced, certified laser technicians can repair your titanium sapphire (or any other) lasers for less than the cost of factory service. CONTACT US for all your laser repair needs!

Coming soon . . . cooled IMX174 microscope cameras from Veroptics

Looking for a cooled microscope camera based on Sony’s fast and sensitive new IMX174 sensor? Veroptics will have cooled IMX174 cameras shipping soon! See HERE or CONTACT US for details or to pre-order one of our COOLED IMX174 cameras!

Microscopy Blogs can teach you a lot . . .

Here’s another microscopy blog we enjoy: http://nic.ucsf.edu/blog/

The Molecular Probes Handbook: Every microscopist needs one

“The Molecular Probes Handbook” has served as the “go to” resource for practical information on fluorescence probes and their applications for nearly 40 years now, even though Molecular Probes (the company) has long since been acquired by Invitrogen/Gibco/Life Technologies (for a little Wikipedia history lesson on Molecular Probes, see HERE). Fortunately, the catalog name remains […]

Fluorescence Spectra Viewers: Picking probes and filters

Here’s a great collection of Fluorescence Spectra Viewers: http://searchlight.semrock.com http://www.chroma.com/spectra-viewer http://www.bdbiosciences.com/research/multicolor/spectrum_viewer/index.jsp http://www.lifetechnologies.com/us/en/home/life-science/cell-analysis/labeling-chemistry/fluorescence-spectraviewer.html http://www.biolegend.com/spectraanalyzer http://www.ebioscience.com/resources/fluorplan-spectra-viewer.htm And yes, you can get an App for that too: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fluorescence-spectraviewer/id421031826?mt=8  If you have any questions about how to use these to optimize your fluorescence probe and filter selections, CONTACT US

Microscope Theory, Concepts, and Overview

Here are some outstanding general didactic resources for microscopists of all levels: http://www.olympusmicro.com http://www.microscopyu.com (Some similar content on both sites.)

Excellent Microscopy Courses

If you really want to learn about microscopy from both practical and theoretical standpoints, well . . . first, we hope you’ll keep following this Blog, and feel free to EMAIL US with any questions you might have, or any topics you would like to see us cover in this Blog! Second, you can attend […]

More Practical How-To Methods (with Video) . . .

http://www.jove.com          (All kinds of video illustrated methods, many in Microscopy and Imaging techniques)

How to use Mitochondrial Membrane Potential Probes

When reading the scientific literature, it can be difficult to actually “figure out how to do things” solely from the Methods given in the paper. Fortunately, in scientific publishing, there is a growing trend toward more “practical” or “hands on” guides that provide greater detail on how to perform various kinds of experiments, including methods in Microscopy and Imaging. […]

Veroptics Practical Microscopy Tip #1: Use a shutter

All fluorophores bleach, some just bleach faster or slower than others. This can cause phototoxicity in your cells, and/or alter fluorescent intensity independent of your experimental variable(s). Neither of these are good things, particularly if you want to quantify your fluorescence and acquire meaningful data. Thus if you do any kind of fluorescence imaging, it is […]