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Microscopy Slide and Test Target Holders


  • Mount Glass Slides, Filters, or Test Targets
  • Translating or Fixed Versions
  • Firmly Hold Samples in Place
  • Multiple Mounting Options

C4SH01

Multi-Slide Holder Tray

MAX3SLH

Fixed Microscope Slide Holder

XYFM1

XY Test Target Positioner
Mounting an R1L3S5P
Distortion Test Target

SLH1

Microscope Slide Clips

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Features

  • Ideal for Mounting Rectangular Optics Such as Microscope Slides or Test Targets
  • XY Translating or Fixed Options
  • Hold Samples Firmly in Place
  • Versatile Mounting Arrangements

These microscopy slide holders are ideal for mounting most rectangular optics or multiple slides within home-built microscopy systems.

Fixed Microscope Slide Holder
The MAX3SLH fixed slide holder is compatible with microscope slides or test targets as well as any rectangular optic that has a minimum width of 1.73" (44.0 mm). It is directly compatible with our 3-axis flexure stages (see image below), as well as other translation stages that have 1/4"-20 (M6) taps on 2" (50.8 mm) centers.

Microscope Slide Spring Clips
SLH1(/M) Microscope Slide Spring Clips can be attached to any stage with 8-32 (M4) tapped holes to hold microscope slides or test targets of various sizes. Each clip is 2.51" (63.7 mm) long with a 0.20" (5.1 mm) wide tip and can be rotated 360° for easy access to slides. Three dowel pins are included to align slides over the central aperture of our XYR1(/M) and XYT1(/M) Translation Stages.

Four-Position Microscope Slide Holder
The C4SH01 multiple slide holder supports up to four 25 mm x 75 mm microscope slides per tray, enabling fast analysis of multiple cultures. To support large-sample automated data collection, this microscopy slide tray has been designed to work with most common robotic plate readers. It is directly compatible with any microscope stage insert that accepts standard multiwell microplates, such as Thorlabs’ z-axis piezo stage, XY scanning stage (when the MLS203P1 plate adapter is also installed), or imaging cytometers. The C4SH01 is not compatible with the 26 mm x 76 mm slides sold by Thorlabs.

Test Target Positioning Mount
The XYFM1(/M) Test Target Positioning Mount provides self-contained translation. This mount, which was originally a standard microscope slide holder, was upgraded by Thorlabs to fully secure test targets, slides and filters in a variety of orientations. It has two actuators on the side of the mount that allow for manual positioning of targets over a 50 mm (1.97") x 30 mm (1.18") area. Though designed for use with our selection of test targets, it is compatible with any rectangular optic 1" (25.4 mm) to 3" (76.2 mm) wide and up to 0.12" (3 mm) thick.


Posted Comments:
mikael.malmstrom  (posted 2017-03-07 02:12:58.59)
BEWARE! XYFM1 Translating Filter Mount does not work with the larger (100mm) ND filters as the image might fool you into thinking (https://www.thorlabs.com/newgrouppage9.cfm?objectgroup_id=1623)!
tfrisch  (posted 2017-03-13 05:29:40.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The maximum filter width for XYFM1 is 3" (76.2 mm). Please note that this is listed in the image caption, item name, and technical drawing. I will contact you directly about solutions for your application.
user  (posted 2017-01-25 09:34:33.12)
I second the idea (suggested below) of offering adapters for various cover slips sizes (especially 22 mm x 22 mm).
tfrisch  (posted 2017-01-26 05:52:09.0)
Hello, thank you for your feedback. I've posted your need in our internal engineering forum. If you have details on the dimensions of the slip, including thickness, please contact us directly at TechSupport@Thorlabs.com to discuss them. Thank you.
mikael.malmstrom  (posted 2016-10-19 08:24:32.67)
Hi can I put a Motorized Actuator on XYFM1/M one of the axes. (I also vote for a slimmer version with only X translation)
jlow  (posted 2016-10-24 03:05:58.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately we do not have a motorized actuator for the XYFM1(/M) at the moment.
user  (posted 2016-09-22 14:11:35.207)
Addition of a tapped hole on the back face of the mount would allow it to hold a microscope slide vertically like the xy stage can.
jlow  (posted 2016-09-23 02:46:17.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Thank you very much for your feedback. We will look into implementing this.
loo  (posted 2016-02-05 15:05:09.033)
Hi, it would be nice if there was a bigger a more simple version of this product. Basically scrap the Y axis, make the X axis 100mm long and enlarge the optics bed to 25 x 100 x 4 mm, so we can fit a couple NDL-25C-4s. That's the setup I'been using for years, and it's annoying to order it to several companies every time I need one more. Also if the micrometric screw was easily motorizable it would be awesome.
besembeson  (posted 2016-02-10 09:48:19.0)
Response from Bweh at Thorlabs USA: Thanks for the feedback. We will review your suggestion.
anthony.kaye  (posted 2014-04-07 09:10:24.09)
A large number of our samples are small -- perhaps 10 mm x 10 mm; in some cases, we've had to cut them from larger substrates (so the edges aren't perfect). We would really like it if something like the XYFM1 could handle smaller (and/or oddly-shaped) samples.
cdaly  (posted 2014-04-10 11:16:34.0)
Response from Chris at Thorlabs: Unfortunately a 10 mm sample would be a bit too small for us to customize this mount for. The clamping fingers would end up covering the better part of the sample. Might it be possible to use the CH1A on a translation stage to hold your sample?
ben_mangum  (posted 2013-05-15 16:51:51.62)
It would be great if you could offer extra spring clips separately. Also, adapters allowing mounting of various sizes of coverslips would be great too.
tcohen  (posted 2013-05-16 16:27:00.0)
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for sharing your idea. We’ll look into adapters and we can certainly provide the extra spring clips separately if desired. I will contact you directly to provide these.

Fixed Microscope Slide Holder

Microscopy Slide Holder
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The MAX3SLH can be Mounted Directly to our 3-Axis Nanopositioning Stage
  • Accommodates Glass Slides of Variable Width of ≥1.73" (44.0 mm)
  • Compatible Petri Dish Diameters: 1.46" (37.1 mm) to 1.63" (41.4 mm)
  • Spring Clips Hold Sample Firmly in Place
  • Adapter Mounts Directly to Our

The MAX3SLH Microscopy Slide Holder allows petri dishes and glass slides to be mounted on motion control stages for integration into custom microscopy setups such as optical tweezers. Two sets of mounting holes allow versatility. One set of four #6 (M3) counterbores is compatible with our 3-axis NanoMax flexure stages. A set of 1/4" (M6) slots with 2" (50.8 mm) separation is designed for mounting to many other components, including those with a 2" imperial hole pattern.

The spring clips are rotatable to accommodate easy swapping of petri dishes and glass slides. There is a 1" long clear aperture between the mounting surfaces of the clips. They are also interchangeable with the SLH1 Microscope Slide Spring Clips sold below, as they both use 8-32 screws to secure them.

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Microscope Slide Spring Clips

Microscopy Slide Holder
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SLH1 Spring Clips Attached to the XYT1 Translation Stage, Holding a Test Target That is Aligned Over the Central Aperture Using the Provided Dowel Pins
  • Pair of Spring Clips Hold Sample Firmly in Place
  • Accommodates Microscope Slides and Test Targets of Various Sizes
  • Attaches Directly to Any Stage with 8-32 (M4) Tapped Holes
  • Dowel Pins Included for Aligning Standard Slides Over the Through Hole in Our XYR1(/M) or XYT1(/M) Translation Stages (See Photo to the Right)

These steel spring clips, which are ideal for securely holding various sizes of microscope slides and test targets, come with two 8-32 (M4) threaded shoulder screws, each of which has a 3/32" (2.5 mm) hex socket for simple attachment to a variety of stages. Each clip is 2.51" (63.7 mm) long with a 0.20" (5.1 mm) wide tip and can be rotated 360° for easy access to, or positioning of, a slide. The tip of the clip is curved upwards to help prevent damage and facilitate the mounting of slides, while also providing enough holding force to secure it in place.

The inclusion of three Ø1/8" x 1/4" dowel pins makes these spring clips an excellent choice for use with our XYR1(/M) and XYT1(/M) Translation Stages (see the image to the right). These stages have a central Ø1" hole that is SM1 threaded (1.035"-40), and the top plate contains three alignment holes that are used with the Ø1/8" dowel pins. The dowel pins are positioned on the stage so that standard 1" x 3" (25.4 mm x 76.2 mm) slides are centered over the aperture, allowing for repeatable and accurate positioning of the slides.

Please note that any XYR1(/M) stage purchased before June 4, 2014 does not have dowel pin holes in the top mounting plate.

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Four-Position Microscope Slide Holder

Microscopy Slide Holder Tray
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Bottom of the C4SH01 with Mounted Slide
  • Compatible with 25 mm x 75 mm Microscope Slides
  • Secures up to Four Slides and Requires Minimal Slide-to-Slide Focal Adjustments
  • Highly Versatile and Adaptable for Automated Tissue Analysis on Multiple Slides
  • Compatible with Most Common Robotic Plate Readers
  • Designed for Inverted Microscopes

The C4SH01 Four-Position Microscope Slide Holder, made from black PEI plastic, allows up to four 25 mm  x 76 mm slides to be mounted into our imaging cytometers or on microscope stages. The C4SH01 is not compatible with the 26 mm x 76 mm slides sold by Thorlabs. Slides are loaded into the bottom of the tray (see image to the right), ensuring excellent stability and maintaining near parfocality from slide to slide. This slide holder has the external footprint of a standard multiwell plate (127.6 mm × 85.5 mm), allowing it to be easily integrated into existing microscope stages (e.g., Thorlabs' MLS203 fitted with MLS203P1 or MZS500-E) or robotic plate loaders.

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XY Translation Mount for Rectangular Optics

Test Target Holder
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A channel allows for translation of the lockable support arm for accommodating optics with different widths.
  • Compatible with 1" (25.4 mm) to 3" (76.2 mm) Wide Rectangular Optics
  • Maximum Optic Thickness of 0.12" (3 mm)
  • 50 mm (1.97") Horizontal Travel and 30 mm (1.18") Vertical Travel
  • Each Axis Includes a Vernier Scale that Provides 100 µm Resolution
  • Five Post-Mountable Orientations via Adapter with Five 8-32 (M4) Tapped Holes
  • Four Nylon-Tipped Setscrews Secure the Optic Within Two Mounting Arms

Thorlabs' XYFM1(/M) Test Target Positioning Mount allows for quick and adjustable mounting of 1" (25.4 mm) to 3" (76.2 mm) wide rectangular optics up to 0.12" (3 mm) thick. The mount, which was originally a standard microscope slide holder, was upgraded by Thorlabs to add versatility and ease of use. This makes it ideal for general applications as well as home-built microscopy systems. It is designed for use with our selection of resolution, distortion, slant edge, and calibration test targets. However, it is also compatible with our rectangular filters, dichroic mirrors, variable ND filters, and fluorescence imaging filters.

Two actuators on the side of the mount allow manual positioning over a 50 mm (1.97") x 30 mm (1.18") area. Each axis of translation is equipped with a Vernier scale that provides a resolution of 100 µm, allowing for repeatable positioning of the mounted optic. A square mounting adapter that has five 8-32 (M4) tapped holes (see image to the bottom left) is provided on the back of the mount and is secured in place by the front-located thumbscrew. This allows for various Ø1/2" post-mountable orientations. The different orientations are shown below.

Optics are mounted using two support arms that each contain two nylon-tipped setscrews that use a 0.05" (1.5 mm) hex key. One support arm is fixed, while a second arm is free to move along a channel. The movable arm can be locked in place using a top-located locking screw with a 5/64" (2 mm) hex. This mounting mechanism can be seen in the photo to the above right. If the locking screw is loosened enough, the movable arm can be removed from the channel. It can be reattached using the 2-56 locking nut that is captive in the channel; simply align the locking screw with the nut and tighten.

Please note that the chrome pattern at the edge of a test target may be covered when held between the two mounting arms.

Test Target Mount
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An adapter with five 8-32 (M4) taps on the back of the mount allows for various post-mountable orientations (see images to the right).
Test Target Mount
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XYFM1 Mounting a Test Target Horizontally and Centered Over the Post Using a KCP05 Adapter
Test Target Mount
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XYFM1 Mounting a Test Target Vertically to the Left
Test Target Mount
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XYFM1 Mounting a Test Target Vertically to the Right
Test Target Mount
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XYFM1 Mounting a Test Target Perpendicular to the Post Axis
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