Change the Paradigm
Rather than one overkill microscope for several applications make one custom microscope for each application or purpose.– Jerry Sedgewick
Generally microscopes have too many controls, levers, buttons, and sliders; and microscope cameras have too many software options. It can become near impossible to repeat the same conditions and get the same picture. And then when it’s a multiple user microscope, or when the user finds these instruments too complex, it only gets worse.
Cheaper Than You Think
Generally options on microscopes provide more than a user needs. By cutting out options the cost of a microscope (or dissection scope) drops dramatically. And sometimes a microscope isn’t necessary at all, which reduces costs even more.
Here are some typical means of overkill:
- More objective lenses than necessary (usually only one or two are needed)
- Confocal instrument is used instead of widefield microscope (confocality can be unnecessary, especially when using 10x, 20x and even 40x objective lenses)
- Dissection scopes used when these could be flatbed scanners
- Motorized stages used at submicron resolution when a 1 micron (or greater) resolution is adequate
- Air tables used when short bursts of light would solve vibration issues
- Continuous light used for fluorescence imaging when short bursts eliminate bleaching and optimize conditions for measurement of fluorescence intensity
- Cooled cameras used when non-cooled could be as effective and less costly
- Too many lenses, mirrors, filters and moving parts when these can be minimized
Lean, Mean and Creative
Jerry Sedgewick is the driving force: experts are hired as necessary. This keeps our costs down, along with working in a low overhead lab space (i.e., not fancy). You might be surprised at how our costs for putting together a custom scope and for parts become significantly lower than you think. You might also discover that Jerry has an alternate method for getting the same results.
We’ve saved a start up 150K by suggesting an alternate method at less than 2K. The same company benefited from an imaging system at 5 times less than a conventional means to get results. And we’ve measured from a flatbed scanner for particulate down to a detection of 40 microns at a significant savings in time and labor using a microscope.
Even in the world of traditional photography Jerry has implemented a novel method for eliminating shine on faces; and in another project for photographing small objects for artwork (see prevailon.com).
But it isn’t only cost
In the bigger picture it’s repeatability. Consistency. From session to session. What we expect in science and medicine.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to repeatedly get pictures from session to session with images that match? Some think it’s impossible and have given up on the thought (you may have them on your team).
Contact Jerry for consistency and imaging systems for a purpose:
(six five one) 788-2261 (leave text)