Heerbrugg, Switzerland. Leica Microsystems launches the digital microscope Leica DVM6, which is designed for inspection, analysis, and measurement in quality control, quality assurance, failure analysis, research and development, and forensics. Integrated illumination options and PlanApo-corrected optics ensure high quality images. The design of the Leica DVM6 enables users to work with the instrument intuitively, for example, tilting the microscope head or changing the objectives with one hand. Because of the instrument’s encoding, results are reproducible, and reports and documentations can be generated with the click of one button.
Georg Schlaffer, Product Manager with Leica Microsystems says: “Everybody can be a microscopist with the Leica DVM6. Users can easily navigate their samples because of the 16:1 zoom range, tilt the microscope head with one hand, and even change objectives while the sample stays in focus. Managing high sample throughput and routine documentation and reporting becomes easy due to the encoded parameters that are saved with the images.”
In addition to the zoom range of 16:1, users have a choice of three objectives covering a magnification range between 10x and 2,350x, resolving details down to a size of 0.4 micrometers. The objectives are PlanApo-corrected and will not show color fringes over the entire zoom range. Users can change objectives with one hand and work without interruption, since the objectives keep the sample in focus. With the tiltable microscope head, users can observe samples at any angle from -60 to +60 degrees. Combined with different illumination options for various contrast methods, users can see details of the sample that might not have been revealed without tilting.
The Leica DVM6 tracks specific parameter values and saves them with the image data. For the Leica DVM6, these encoded parameters include the objective, camera, and illumination settings, sample stage position, and rotation angle of both manual and motorized movement. They can be recalled or restored any time. Encoding facilitates reproducibility and makes workflows more efficient. Users can generate documentation and reports at the touch of a button.
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