Installation Questions

Please click below to get general installation information for a variety of products.

  • Installing a Stage

    General instructions:

    1. When installing a stage you should ensure the stage is the correct model for the microscope. You can do this using the configurator and the model number of the stage (found on the label on the underside of the stage).
    2. Remove any previous stage and ensure there is maximum clearance for the stage, i.e., lower (raise) the condenser and if required remove the objectives. Turn the stage so that the “Prior” logo is at the front right (next to your right hand as you hold the stage). Angle the stage slightly away from you and place into position.
      1. For dovetail fixings, you will be require to tighten a screw to fix the stage (some are spring loaded and require pulling back to fit the stage).
      2. For screw fittings, hold the stage in place with one hand while you fix several screws to hold it in position. Ensure you have fitted all the screws before tightening each of them in turn.
      3. Push the stage (if possible) through it’s travel range to ensure no collisions with any microscope fittings. If required use changing limits to change the limits of travel on the stage.

    My stage collides with my microscope:

    1. Use the following instructions to change the limits of your stage so that it no longer collides with the microscope. Please report your stage model and microscope make and model and a description of the problem to tech support.
  • Installing a Filter Wheel

    General instructions:

    1. Ensure you have the correct adaptor for the microscope and position on the microscope, you can do this using the configurator. The adaptor part number will be on your dispatch note and on the packaging. Generally there are three positions which the filter wheel could be fitted:
      1. Bright field, the filter wheel will fit between the bright field light source and the sample.
      2. Emission, the filter wheel will fit between the sample and the camera port or/and eye pieces.
      3. Excitation, the filter wheel will fit between the excitation (Hg, Lumen, or other light source) and the microscope.
    2. How do I attach my adaptor to my filter wheel?
      1. The filter wheel is normally installed with the motor pointing away from the microscope. Look at the parts of the adaptor, one will mirror the connection on the microscope (part a), the other will fix to it (part b). You should attach part a to the side of the filter wheel with the motor on it, and part b to the flat side of the filter wheel. In some cases you may need to remove the filter wheel cover to attach the adaptor.
    3. How do I fit my filters?
      1. With your filter wheel there are supplied filter rings and a filter change tool.
      2. Please read filter change which explains how to install filters.
  • Installing a Shutter

    General instructions:

    1. Ensure you have the correct adaptor for the microscope and position on the microscope, you can do this using the configurator. The adaptor part number will be on your dispatch note and on the packaging. Generally there are three positions which the shutter could be fitted:
      1. Bright field, the shutter will fit between the bright field light source and the sample.
      2. Emission, the shutter will fit between the sample and the camera port or/and eye pieces.
      3. Excitation, the shutter will fit between the excitation (Hg, Lumen, or other light source) and the microscope.
    2. How do I attach my adaptor to my shutter?
      1. The shutter is normally installed with the silver side of the shutter blades pointing towards the light source. Look at the parts of the adaptor, one will mirror the connection on the microscope (part a), the other will fix to it (part b). You should attach part a to the side of the shutter with the black blades and part b to the side of the shutter with the silver blades. In some cases you may need to remove the shutter cover to attach the adaptor.
  • Installing a Focus Motor

    General instructions:

    1. Standard focus motors can be installed onto most microscopes with a coarse and fine focus knob. The focus can be installed on the left or right side of the microscope, (the direction of turn of the motor can be reversed in the controller to compensate, see controller RS232 commands). Place the focus sleeve over the coarse focus, place the focus housing over the sleeve and fix with the grub screws. Push motor into the focus housing and gently push the pad onto the fine focus, fix the motor in position with the screw.

    Fitting Instructions

    1. Fitting a standard H122. Focus motor with focus sleeve.
    2. Fitting a H122KON Olympus and Nikon direct couple kit.
    3. Fitting a H122LMZ for Leica MZ series.
    4. Fitting a H122N for Nikon E800.
    5. Fitting a H122S15 for Nikon SMZ 1500.
    6. Fitting a H122X200 for Zeiss Axiovert 200.
    7. Fitting a H122AXIE.
    8. Fitting a H122AXIO.
    9. Fitting a H122LB.

    If your motor is not in this list please contact tech support.

  • Installing a Lumen Fluorescence Ilumination System

    General instructions:

    1. To ensure your Lumen microscope adaptor is set up correctly - please view the Lumen Adaptors information sheet.
    2. To ensure you bulb is installed correctly, there are two different bulb fitting procedures - if you have purchased your unit prior to August 2007 please use bulb 1 install. If you have purchased your Lumen after August 2007 please use our Lumen Bulb Quick Installation Guide.
    3. Ensure you Lumen 200 is installed with adequate airflow around it.
    4. Connecting my LumenPro 200.
      1. You can connect the Lumen 200PRO connections to the Filter 1, Filter 2 and 4th Axis (ProScan II/PCI II only).
      2. The variable aperture shutter can either be controlled via the Lumen 200PRO commands or as a 10 position filter wheel.
      3. Changing LumenPro 200 Filters.
  • Installing a NanoScanZ Piezo Z Stage

    General instructions:

    1. To install into Prior Stages:
      1. Place the NanoScanZ stage into the Prior Stage sample holder insert hole. (In some cases you may need to rotate the NanoScanZ stage by 180 degrees), screw the stage firmly to the Prior Stage with the provided screws
      2. Insert and screw in the sample holder.
      3. Plug the NanoScanZ stage into the NanoScanZ controller.
      4. Connect the controller to the computer, RS232, USB or 0-10V input.
      5. Your system is now ready to use.
    2. To install into a Olympus or Nikon inverted microscope manual stage
      (only certain manual stages).
      1. Screw the H489 supplied adaptor plate with the 4 screws provided to the Manual stage with the screws provided.
      2. Insert the NanoScanZ stage and firmly affix with screws provided.
      3. Insert and screw in the sample holder.
      4. Plug the NanoScanZ stage in to the NanoScanZ controller.
      5. Connect the controller to the computer, RS232, USB or 0-10V input.
      6. Your system is ready to use.

    Attaching my NanoScanZ to a 0-10V DAQ card.

    1. The NanoScanZ system can be controlled via a 0-10V DAQ card.
      1. Switch off the system, connect the BNC connector from the DAQ (0-10V) board to “input”. Set the output of the DAQ (0-10V) board to 0V. Switch on the NanoScanZ, the display now shows the output of the DAQ (0-10V) board. Changing the voltage output will move the NanoScanZ stage.

        0-10 Voltage 100um
        NanoScanZ Position (um) 200um
        NanoScanZ Position (um) 500um
        NanoScanZ Position (um)
        0 0 0 0  
        1 10 20 50  
        5 50 100 250  
        10 100 200 500  
  • Installing a Controller

    General instructions:

    1. Ensure the power is off before connecting any accessories, accessory connections are labelled at the rear of the controller.
  • Installing a Sample Holder

    General instructions:

    1. Do I need to use the plastic screws that come with my sample holder?

      Answer: The plastic screws help ensure that your sample holder is held firmly in the stage. They also guarantee that your sample moves the proper amount and is registered properly with the stage when performing sensitive experiments. The screws should not be over-tightened; but loosely threaded into the holes. The nylon material also allows for tilting of the holder when the leveling screws are adjusted.