- Incremental Step:100 nm (Min)
- Encoded Stepper Motor Drive
- Software Controlled:
- Stand Alone Software Included
- Integrates with Our ThorImageLS Software for Multiphoton and Confocal Imaging Systems
The MFC1 Motorized Microscope Focus Controller is a compact module enabling motorized control of the focusing mechanism built into commercial optical microscopes, such as the Nikon Ti Eclipse as shown in the photo above. An encoded stepper motor drive ensures repeatable positioning through the fine focus drive of the microscope and provides positional information, even if the fine adjustment is done manually. The motor is capable of adjusting the fine focus continuously across the microscope's entire adjustment range by engaging the microscope's fine focus knob.
The MFC1 features a universal design that is compatible with most commercially available inverted and upright microscopes. The motor is easily installed: simply remove the backing on the tape, center the motor over the fine focus knob, and press the motor onto the knob. The base incorporates 1/4" (M6) slots, which can be used to attach the unit to an optical table. The motor's height is adjustable by loosening the cap screws on the sides of the motor using a 3 mm hex key and sliding the unit up or down along the posts. Four CL5 clamps are included to aid in securing the microscope and to keep it from moving once the MFC1 is attached.
The MFC1 must be computer controlled via the USB connection on the back of the controller (refer to the image above). The unit comes with a GUI software package to control the motor, either via text box entry or a slider adjustment; for details, please see the Software tab. In addition, a software development kit is included so that the focus control can be integrated with custom imaging software. The microscope focus controller may also be controlled via USB with our ThorImageLS software, which is provided with our confocal and multiphoton imaging systems.