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Adapters for Olympus BX and IX Microscopes


  • Epi-Fluorescence, Transmitted Illumination, Camera, Trinocular, Eyepiece, and Condenser Port Adapters
  • Modify Olympus BX and IX Microscopes Using Thorlabs'
    Optomechanical Components

SM2Y3

Condenser Port Adapter

SM2A13

Transmitted Illumination Port Adapter

SM2Y1

Epi-Fluorescence Port Adapter

The SM1A51 Camera Port Adapter Used to Mount a Thorlabs Scientific-Grade CCD Camera on an Olympus IX Microscope

LCPY2

Trinocular Port Adapter

SM2Y2

Eyepiece Adapter

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Olympus BX and IX Ports

Olympus IX71 Microscope

Transmitted Illumination Port Condenser Port Epi-Illumination Port Camera Port Eyepiece Ports Trinocular Port Transmitted Illumination Port Camera Port Trinocular Port Eyepiece Port Condenser Port Condenser Port Epi-Illumination Port

Features

  • Extends Versatility of Thorlabs' Construction Systems to Olympus BX and IX Microscopes
  • Provides Compatibility with SM1 Lens Tubes, SM2 Lens Tubes, and 30 mm and 60 mm Cage Systems
  • Available for Epi-Fluorescence, Transmitted Illumination, Camera, Trinocular, Eyepiece, and
    Condenser Ports 
  • Contact Tech Support About Custom Adapters, Including Other Microscopes

Illumination Adapters
The SM2Y1 adapter allows Ø2" and Ø30 mm optics to be mounted inside an Olympus IX71 epi-fluorescence port, as well as externally SM2-threaded components. When used along with the LCP11(/M) adapter, the epi-fluorescence port also becomes 60 mm cage compatible, enabling the connection of various illumination sources, such as infrared (IR) and white LEDs, as well as complex light conditioning assemblies.

Thorlabs also offers multiple adapters for Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 transmitted illumination ports. These adapters provide rigid coupling to maintain long-term, stable alignment for the connection of laser beam combiners, LED light sources, and other mechanical and optical components.

Camera Port Adapter
The SM1A51 adapter is designed to allow SM1 and 30 mm cage system components to be mounted to the camera port on an Olympus BX or IX microscope. These adapters are ideal for inserting custom optics, as well as our CCD and CMOS cameras, into a microscope system.

Trinocular Adapters
The LCPY2 adapter is designed to connect custom widefield viewing and image detection setups to the trinocular port of an Olympus BX or IX microscope.

The SM2Y2 adapter replaces the lens element on an eyepiece of the microscope trinoculars, allowing custom image detection or viewing setups to be attached to the microscope.

Condenser Adapter
The SM2Y3 adapter connects a custom light conditioning assembly to the condenser holder of an Olympus BX or IX microscope.

Note: Thorlabs does not guarantee compatibility with other industry-standard microscopes not mentioned on this wepage.

Adapters for Industry Standard Microscopes
Olympus BX and IX
Nikon Eclipse Ti (Inverted)
Upright Nikon Eclipse
Leica DMI
Zeiss Axioskop and Examiner
Thorlabs Dovetail Referencea
Type Shape Outer Dimension Angle
95 mm Linear 95 mm 45°
D1N Circular Ø2.018" 60°
D2Nb Circular Ø1.50" 90°
D2NBb Circular Ø1.50" 90°
D3N Circular Ø45 mm 70°
D5N Circular Ø1.58" 90°
D6N Circular Ø1.90" 90°
D7N Circular Ø2.05" 90°
D1T Circular Ø1.50" 60°
D3T Circular Ø1.65" 90°
D1Y Circular Ø107 mm 60°
D2Y Circular Ø2.32" 50°
D3Y Circular Ø1.75" 90°
D4Y Circular Ø56 mm 60°
D5Y Circular Ø46 mm 60°
D6Y Circular Ø41.9 mm 45°
D1Z Circular Ø54 mm 60°
D2Z Circular Ø57 mm 60°
D3Z Circular Ø54 mm 45°
  • These dovetail designations are specific to Thorlabs products and are not used by other microscope manufacturers.
  • D2N and D2NB dovetails have the same outer diameter and angle, as defined by the drawings below. The D2N designation does not specify a height. The D2NB designation specifies a dovetail height of 0.40" (10.2 mm).
Mating Circular Dovetails
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This photo shows the male D1N dovetail on the trinoculars next to the female D1N dovetail on the epi-illumination arm.
Mating Linear Dovetails
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This photo shows the male 95 mm dovetail on the microscope body and the female 95 mm dovetail on the CSA1002 Fixed Arm.

Introduction to Microscope Dovetails

Dovetails are used for mechanical mating and optical port alignment of microscope components. Components are connected by inserting one dovetail into another, then tightening one or more locking setscrews on the female dovetail. Dovetails come in two shapes: linear and circular. Linear dovetails allow the mating components to slide before being locked down, providing flexible positioning options while limiting unneeded degrees of freedom. Circular dovetails align optical ports on different components, maintaining a single optical axis with minimal user intervention.

Thorlabs manufactures many components which use dovetails to mate with our own components or those of other manufacturers. To make it easier to identify dovetail compatibility, we have developed a set of dovetail designations. The naming convention of these designations is used only by Thorlabs and not other microscope manufacturers. The table to the right lists all the dovetails Thorlabs makes, along with their key dimensions.

In the case of Thorlabs’ Cerna® microscopes, different dovetail types are used on different sections of the microscope to ensure that only compatible components can be mated. For example, our WFA2002 Epi-Illuminator Module has a male D1N dovetail that mates with the female D1N dovetail on the microscope body's epi-illumination arm, while the CSS2001 XY Microscopy Stage has a female D1Y dovetail that mates with the male D1Y dovetail on the CSA1051 Mounting Arm.

To learn which dovetail type(s) are on a particular component, consult its mechanical drawing, available by clicking on the red Docs icon (Docs Icon) below. For adapters with a female dovetail, the drawing also indicates the size of the hex key needed for the locking setscrew(s). It is important to note that mechanical compatibility does not ensure optical compatibility. Information on optical compatibility is available from Thorlabs' web presentations.

For customers interested in machining their own dovetails, the table to the right gives the outer diameter and angle (as defined by the drawings below) of each Thorlabs dovetail designation. However, the dovetail's height must be determined by the user, and for circular dovetails, the user must also determine the inner diameter and bore diameter. These quantities can vary for dovetails of the same type. One can use the intended mating part to verify compatibility.

In order to reduce wear and simplify connections, dovetails are often machined with chamfers, recesses, and other mechanical features. Some examples of these variations are shown by the drawings below.

Male Microscope Dovetails
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Two examples of how circular male dovetails can be manufactured.
Female Microscope Dovetails
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Two examples of how circular female dovetails can be manufactured.

Posted Comments:
daw  (posted 2018-06-22 11:53:04.9)
It would be great to be able to buy the reverse of this part, i.e., an adapter from SM1 to female D5Y dovetail, so I could put together custom intermediate optics in my Olympus system.
YLohia  (posted 2018-06-22 03:13:16.0)
Hello, thank you for your valuable feedback. I have posted this idea on our internal engineering forum.
nataliao  (posted 2014-04-04 14:37:48.793)
It would be great to be able to purchase an adaptor for Leica microscopes camera port. Namely, DM6000 scope. We would buy at least 10 of them as to how often that would be used.
besembeson  (posted 2014-04-10 02:07:03.0)
Response from Bweh E at Thorlabs: Thanks for choosing Thorlabs. I will contact you via email to establish your requirements so that we can provide this to you as a special. This is a good idea and we will look into making this a regular stock item.
tcohen  (posted 2012-07-05 15:14:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. We strive to provide the best products at the best possible pricing. That being said, these products are more costly to produce than our other adapters. Pricing and performance are two areas we are always trying to improve upon and we will revisit these prices to ensure they are priced fairly according to their manufacturing costs and value. We are glad you find them useful and we appreciate your time in submitting your feedback so that we can continue to improve the value of these products.
daw  (posted 2012-06-27 08:39:45.0)
These are useful products, but they are terribly overpriced. They really ought to be priced similarly to your other lens tube adapters (at http://www.thorlabs.us/NewGroupPage9.cfm?ObjectGroup_ID=1524).
jjurado  (posted 2011-08-09 19:32:00.0)
Response from Javier at Thorlabs to nizamov.shawkat: Thank you very much for your feedback. We will look into the feasibility of offering such adapter. I will contact you directly for further discussion.
nizamov.shawkat  (posted 2011-08-09 18:03:33.0)
Its a pity that Thorlabs does not offer an 23.2 microscope eyepiece adapter. For instance, microscope eyepiece may be used (internal 23.2 - external/internal SM1) or custom device may be inserted instead of the the eyepiece (external 23.2 - external/internal SM1). Best would be something like int.23/ext. SM1 - ext 23.2 - it is a single adapter that fits both use cases. Some other companies sell eyepiece adapters for c-mount, so there is a demand for such adapters. Ill use such adapter.
Adam  (posted 2010-05-07 11:36:22.0)
A response from Adam at Thorlabs to halvorsen: I would like to find out the type of microscope you have. The Nikon adapter we sell is designed for the Nikon Eclipse Microscope. There is another Nikon Microscope called the Ti, which does require springs for mounting adapters on the unit. We are working on a prototype unit for release as a new product. In the meantime, we can offer this as a custom unit. I will contact you directly to see if you are interested.
halvorsen  (posted 2010-05-07 09:56:03.0)
The Nikon adapters do not mount as solidly as actual Nikon products - there is definitely some wiggle room. This is disappointing and makes these adapters not that useful for microscopy requiring precision illumination (e.g. using a laser). Thorlabs needs to add the little leaf springs to each of the 3 tabs to make this a more useful product. For now, I guess Ill have to machine it myself.
klee  (posted 2009-07-29 11:06:01.0)
Response from Ken at Thorlabs to wwarger : Unfortunately, we do not have the interface details for the Olympus U-DP and Trinocular so designing an SM1 adapter to fit them would be impossible. However, if you can provide these details then we could look into it with more certainity and come back with a proposal.
wwarger  (posted 2009-07-23 09:58:52.0)
An SM1 adapters for the top of the Olympus U-DP and Trinocular would also be extremely helpful.
Laurie  (posted 2009-04-08 09:43:40.0)
Response from Laurie to Poster below: We are glad that we were able to provide you the appropriate adapter for your application. If you have product ideas that would facilitate your research in the future, please let us know.
user  (posted 2009-04-07 22:43:32.0)
This is what I have been waiting for...Excellent

Epi-Fluorescence Port Adapter for Olympus IX71 Microscope

Item # SM2Y1
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Microscope Connection Male D3Y Dovetaila
SM Threading
Internal SM2 (2.035"-40)
Internal SM30 (M30.5 x 0.5)
Cage Compatibility -b
  • This dovetail designation is specific to Thorlabs products; see the Microscope Dovetails tab for details.
  • For 60 mm cage compatibility, add the LCP11(/M) cage plate (sold separately). The CP07T can be used for 30 mm cage compatibility, but will reduce the clear aperture.
60 mm Cage Compatibility of Olympus IX and BX Microscopes
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Use the SM2Y1 epi-fluorescence port adapter with the LCP11(/M) cage plate to attach 60 mm cage systems.

The SM2Y1 port adapter connects to the epi-fluorescence port on certain Olympus IX71 microscopes. The image to the right shows what an epi-fluorescence port of an Olympus IX71 microscope should look like for the SM2Y1 to be compatible. If the microscope does not appear as pictured, then the port adapter will not work. If you are unsure about compatibility, please contact Tech Support.

The SM2Y1 features internal SM2 threading on one side and internal SM30 threading on the other, allowing it be integrated into an externally SM2-threaded illumination source or Ø30 mm optic. One SM2RR retaining ring is provided with the SM2Y1 and can be used to secure a Ø2" optic up to 1.10" (28.0 mm) thick against the internal lip of the adapter; thicker retaining rings (Item # SM2RRC) are available for high-curvature lenses, though the curvature will limit the usable mounting depth. Please contact Tech Support to ensure a proper fit. The other side of the adapter can be used for Ø30 mm optics up to 1.09" (27.7 mm) thick using two SM30RR retaining rings, which are available for purchase separately.

Please note that the SM2Y1 adapter can be paired with the LCP11(/M) cage plate for 60 mm cage system compatibility. First attach the LCP11(/M) to the SM2 threads of the SM2Y1, then secure the connected adapters to the epi-fluorescence port by way of the circular dovetail on the SM2Y1 (see image to the right for alignment details). For 30 mm cage compatibility, consider using the CP07T cage plate; note that the cage plate will reduce the clear aperture.

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Transmitted Illumination Port Adapters for Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscopes

LCPY1 in Trans-Illumination Port of Olympus IX71
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Connecting the LCPY1(/M) to the Transmitted Illumination Port

These transmitted illumination port adapters provide compatibility for the Olympus BX41, IX71, and IX73 series microscopes with a range of Thorlabs' optomechanical products. The SM1A14, SM2A7, LED4A1, and SM2A13 adapters fit inside the trans-illumination port, while the LCPY1(/M) sits flush against the port. Two SM2RR retaining rings are provided with the LCPY1(/M) and can be used to secure Ø2" optics up to 1.24" (31.6 mm) thick within the optical path; other retaining rings are available for purchase separately, including thicker retaining rings for high-curvature lenses. The LCPY1/M features a small dimple indicating it is a metric part.

Item # SM1A14 SM2A7 LED4A1 SM2A13 LCPY1(/M)
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Microscope
Connection
Male D2Y Dovetaila
SM Threading
Internal SM1 (1.035"-40) Internal SM2 (2.035"-40) External SM2 (2.035"-40) External SM2 (2.035"-40) Internal SM2 (2.035"-40)
Cage Compatibility 30 mm Cage
(4-40 Tap, 4 Places)
- - - 60 mm Cage
(Ø6 mm Bore, 4 Places)
Anodization Black Black Silver Black Black
Post Mounting Hole - - - - 8-32 (M4)
  • This dovetail designation is specific to Thorlabs products; see the Microscope Dovetails tab for details.
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LCPY1 Support Documentation
LCPY1Customer Inspired! Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscope Trans-Illumination Port Adapter, Internal SM2 Threads, 60 mm Cage Compatibility, 8-32 Tap
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SM1A14 Support Documentation
SM1A14Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscope Trans-Illumination Port Adapter, Internal SM1 Threads, 30 mm Cage Compatibility
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SM2A7 Support Documentation
SM2A7Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscope Trans-Illumination Port Adapter, Internal SM2 Threads
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LED4A1 Support Documentation
LED4A1Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscope Trans-Illumination Port Adapter, External SM2 Threads, Silver Anodized
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SM2A13 Support Documentation
SM2A13Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscope Trans-Illumination Port Adapter, External SM2 Threads, Black Anodized
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LCPY1/M Support Documentation
LCPY1/MCustomer Inspired! Olympus BX41, IX71, or IX73 Microscope Trans-Illumination Port Adapter, Internal SM2 Threads, 60 mm Cage Compatibility, M4 Tap
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Camera Port Adapter for Olympus BX or IX Microscopes

Item # SM1A51
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Microscope Connection Male D6Y
SM Threading Internal SM1 (1.035"-40)
Cage Compatibility 30 mm Cage
(4-40 Through Tap, 4 Places)

The SM1A51 is designed so that custom-built optical systems or detectors based on Thorlabs' components may be attached to the camera port of Olympus BX or IX Microscopes.

The SM1A51 features internal SM1 threading for Ø1" Lens Tubes and 4-40 tapped through holes on 30 mm centers for attaching cage rods. Since Thorlabs' USB CCD and CMOS cameras are provided with a C-Mount to SM1 adapter, our cameras can also be easily integrated into microscope systems for general imaging applications. For demanding imaging applications, our Scientific CCD Cameras can be adapted to SM1 threading using a C-Mount to SM1 adapter (Item # SM1A39), available separately. To achieve proper parfocality, we recommend using a Ø1" lens tube with 3" thread depth (Item # SM1L30) with the Olympus BX or IX microscopes and camera port adapters. In addition, an SM1-threaded dust cover (Item # SM1CP2) is included to keep the port closed when not in use. 

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Trinocular Port Adapter for Olympus BX or IX Microscopes

Item # LCPY2
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LCPY2 Olympus Trinocular Adapter
Microscope Connection Male D5Y Dovetaila
SM Threading Internal SM30 (M30.5 x 0.5)
Cage Compatibility 30 mm Cage (4-40 Tap, 4 Places)
60 mm Cage (Ø6 mm Bore, 4 Places)
  • This dovetail designation is specific to Thorlabs products; see the Microscope Dovetails tab for details.
LCPN2 Adapter Attached to Trinocular Port
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LCPY2 Adapter Attached to Exposed Trinocular Port

The LCPY2 Trinocular Port Adapter allows custom widefield viewing setups to attach to an Olympus IX or BX Microscope. This adapter utilizes a male D5Y dovetail adapter to connect to the trinocular port of the microscope; see the Microscope Dovetails tab for details. This adapter can only be attached by first removing the microscope's trinoculars (see image to the right).

This adapter features internal SM30 threading for Ø30 mm lens tubes; two SM30RR retaining rings are included to secure an optic inside the adapter. Through holes with side-located locking 8-32 setscrews (5/64" [2 mm] hex) can be used to attach Ø6 mm cage rods for 60 mm cage systems. The side opposite the dovetail has 4-40 tapped holes on 30 mm centers for compatibility with 30 mm cage systems.

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Eyepiece Port Adapter for Olympus BX or IX Microscopes

Item # SM2Y2
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SM2Y2 Olympus Eyepiece Adapter
Microscope Connection Ø1.18" Eyepiece Tube
SM Threading
Internal SM1 (1.035"-40)
External SM2 (2.035"-40)
Cage Compatibility 30 mm Cage
(4-40 Through Tap, 4 Places)
SM2N2 Adapter Attached to Trinocular Eyepieces
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Two SM2Y2 adapters replace the lens elements of the trinocular eyepieces.

The SM2Y2 Eyepiece Port Adapter allows custom-built optical detection systems to attach to the eyepieces on the trinoculars of an Olympus IX or BX Microscope. This adapter replaces the lens element on the eyepiece that sets the image plane focus at the the back of the eyes (see image to the right). Because of the drop-in nature of the adapter, take care the attached system does not overbalance the 40 g eyepiece adapter when it is inside the trinoculars. Thorlabs recommends no more than 0.5 lbs at a distance of 5" from the adapter; the maximum torque to avoid rotation is 16.96 N•mm.

This adapter features 1.19" (30.2 mm) of internal SM1 threading for Ø1" lens tubes or optics, external SM2 threading for Ø2" lens tubes, and 4-40 tapped through holes on 30 mm centers for compatibility with a 30 mm cage system. The adapter includes two 0.08” thick SM1RR retaining rings to secure an optic inside the adapter.

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SM2Y2Olympus BX or IX Microscope Eyepiece Adapter, Internal SM1 and External SM2 Threads, 30 mm Cage Compatibility
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Condenser Port Adapter for Olympus BX or IX Microscopes

Item # SM2Y3
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SM2Y3 Olympus Condenser Adapter
Microscope Connection Male D4Y Dovetaila
SM Threading Internal SM2 (2.035"-40)
External SM2 (2.035"-40)
Cage Compatibility 30 mm Cage
(4-40 Through Tap, 4 Places)
  • This dovetail designation is specific to Thorlabs products; see the Microscope Dovetails tab for details.
SM2N2 Adapter Attached to Trinocular Eyepieces
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SM2Y3 Adapter Attached to Condenser Holder of Olympus IX71
SM2N2 Adapter Backside
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The back of the SM2Y3 adapter has internal SM2 threads and 4-40 taps for 30 mm cage compatibility.

The SM2Y3 Condenser Port Adapter allows custom condenser configurations to attach to an Olympus IX or BX Microscope. The adapter utilizes a male D4Y dovetail to connect to the condenser holder of the microscope; see the Microscope Dovetails tab for details.

This adapter features internal and external SM2 threads for Ø2" lens tubes, achromatic doublets, or other optics as well as 4-40 tapped through holes on 30 mm centers for compatibility with a 30 mm cage system. One SM2RR retaining ring is included to secure a flat or mounted optic against the internal lip of the adapter, such as a filter or iris. The adapter lip limits the clear aperture to Ø1.5".

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SM2Y3Olympus BX or IX Microscope Condenser Adapter, Internal and External SM2 Threads, 30 mm Cage Compatibility
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