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Rigid Stands


  • Height-Adjustable Stands with 360° Rotation
  • Mount Samples & Experimental Apparatuses
  • Compatible with Upright or Inverted Microscopes

MP200

Rigid Stand with Platform

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MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage Mounted Using an MP100-MLSH Stand with Insert

MP200-RCH2 Adjustable Stand Shown Holding a Microscope Slide Between an Objective and Condenser

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Slide Holder in a Custom System
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Rigid Stand Operation Diagram
(Slide Holder Stand Shown)
Item #
Prefix
Platform/Holder Heighta
Min Max
MP100 5.83" (148.1 mm) 8.21" (208.5 mm)
MP150 7.80" (198.1 mm) 12.18" (309.3 mm)
MP200 9.77" (248.1 mm) 16.14" (410.1 mm)
MP250 11.74" (298.1 mm) 20.11" (510.9 mm)
  • Measured from Table Top to Platform Surface
XRN Stage with Rigid Stage Adapter
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The MPA1 Adapter Used to Mount a Rigid Stand onto an LX10 Translation Stage

Features

  • Rigid Stands Hold Samples or Experimental Apparatuses Underneath and Around the Objective
  • Designed for Slides, Petri Dishes, Recording Chambers, Micromanipulators, Well Plates, and DIY Inserts
  • Suitable for Upright and Inverted Microscopes
  • Baseplate Features Four Slots for 1/4"-20 (M6) Cap Screws for Table Mounting
  • Four Versions Support Heights from 5.83" to 20.11" (148.1 mm to 510.9 mm)
  • Red Post Holders Compatible with 66 mm Rail Accessories and Mounts
  • Adapter Plate for Mounting Rigid Stands on XRN25 Series or LX Series Translation Stages
  • Motorized Translation Stages Available with 1" of X and Y Travel

Thorlabs' Adjustable Rigid Stands provide additional flexibility and adaptability to any microscopy application. Each stand has a slim profile that consumes a minimal amount of space in and around the optical path. This leaves ample approach room for any objectives, micromanipulators, a condenser, and other equipment, making it easy to work around the setup. Additionally, with versions designed for slides, petri dishes, recording chambers, micromanipulators, well plates, and general electrophysiology applications, our rigid stands can be used in virtually any setup.

Each rigid stand provides 360° rotational adjustment allowing a mounted component to be easily positioned within the imaging system. As shown by the table above, the stands are offered in four versions that together support heights from 5.83" to 20.11" (148.1 mm to 510.9 mm), measured from the bottom of the base to the top of the platform.

As illustrated by the animation to the lower right, a quick-release clamp locks and unlocks the included post. The included post collar with an alignment pin can be used to maintain the post's height during its rotation. The alignment pin acts as a hard mechanical stop that lets you quickly return to a previously set angle. To raise or lower the post within its given vertical range, it is necessary to loosen the collar, which is locked onto the post using a cap screw that accepts a 4 mm (5/32") balldriver. Each post is housed inside a red post holder, which is compatible with 66 mm rail accessories and optomechanical mounts.

We also offer an adapter plate that allows users to mount a rigid stand on an XRN25 series or LX series manual translation stage. The combination of the adapter plate and a translation stage provides a compact manual solution for translating a rigid stand up to 25 mm in one or two horizontal axes. Thorlabs also manufactures motorized translation stages for these rigid stands that enable 1" of horizontal travel in one or two axes.

For sample holders that attach directly to the DIY Cerna® microscope body, please see our manual and motorized XY stages. 


The above animation shows how the rigid stands can be adjusted.

Building a Cerna® Microscope

The Cerna microscopy platform's large working volume and system of dovetails make it straightforward to connect and position the components of the microscope. This flexibility enables simple and stable set up of a preconfigured microscope, and provides easy paths for later upgrades and modification. See below for a couple examples of the assembly of preconfigured and DIY Cerna microscopes.

Preconfigured Microscope Kit Design and Assembly


Walkthrough of Cerna® Microscope Kit 4
This Cerna microscope configuration is equipped with both epi- and trans-illumination modules. All Cerna preconfigured microscope kits enable individual components to be removed or substituted for complete customization.

Microscope Kit 4 Assembly
The D1N and D2N circular dovetails align the sample viewing and epi-illumination apparatus along the optical path. The microscope body's 95 mm linear dovetail is used to secure the objective and condenser mounts, as well as the transmitted light illumination module. The dovetail allows components to slide along the vertical rail prior to lockdown.

DIY Cerna Design and Assembly


Walkthrough of a DIY Microscope Configuration
This DIY microscope uses a CSA3000 Breadboard Top, a CSA2001 Dovetail Adapter, our CSA1001 and CSA1002 Fixed Arms, and other body attachments and extensions. These components provide interfaces to our lens tube and cage construction systems, allowing the rig to incorporate two independent trans-illumination modules, a home-built epi-illumination path, and a custom sample viewing optical path.

DIY Microscope Configuration Assembly
The simplicity of Thorlabs optomechanical interfaces allows a custom DIY microscope to be quickly assembled and reconfigured for custom imaging applications.

The Cerna® Mind Map is a visual tool that contains the complete selection of DIY Cerna components and several closely related accessories. Created as a supplement to our website, we have designed it to be printed on a single 11" x 17" sheet.

Click here or on the image below to download a printable PDF. The components shown on this webpage are in Step 8 of the mind map.

Cerna Mind Map


Posted Comments:
jtdo  (posted 2019-03-08 17:54:35.08)
Is the red part of the rigid stand the same as a 66mm optical rail? And if so, can I mount the rail carriage (XT66P2) to it? Thanks!
mmcclure  (posted 2019-03-11 01:58:11.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting us. The rigid stands' red post holder is compatible with our 66 mm optical rail components and accessories, including the XT66P2 rail carriage. We will update the webpage presentation to make this compatibility more apparent.
timothee.labouret  (posted 2017-06-26 17:01:08.433)
Hi, I have a question regarding the MP200. Is the post removable from the post holder in order to extend it with another 1.5" post ? Also, is the platform removable from the post to yield a normal 1.5" post ? Thank you for your support. Regards
tfrisch  (posted 2017-06-27 04:37:05.0)
Hello, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. The post is removable and a different 1.5" diameter post can be used.

Click on the different parts of the microscope to explore their functions.

Explore the Cerna MicroscopeSample Viewing/RecordingSample MountingIllumination SourcesIllumination SourcesObjectives and MountingEpi-IlluminationEpi-IlluminationTrans-IlluminationMicroscope BodyMicroscope BodyMicroscope BodyMicroscope Body

Elements of a Microscope

This overview was developed to provide a general understanding of a Cerna® microscope. Click on the different portions of the microscope graphic to the right or use the links below to learn how a Cerna microscope visualizes a sample.

 

Terminology

Arm: Holds components in the optical path of the microscope.

Bayonet Mount: A form of mechanical attachment with tabs on the male end that fit into L-shaped slots on the female end.

Bellows: A tube with accordion-shaped rubber sides for a flexible, light-tight extension between the microscope body and the objective.

Breadboard: A flat structure with regularly spaced tapped holes for DIY construction.

Dovetail: A form of mechanical attachment for many microscopy components. A linear dovetail allows flexible positioning along one dimension before being locked down, while a circular dovetail secures the component in one position. See the Microscope Dovetails tab or here for details.

Epi-Illumination: Illumination on the same side of the sample as the viewing apparatus. Epi-fluorescence, reflected light, and confocal microscopy are some examples of imaging modalities that utilize epi-illumination.

Filter Cube: A cube that holds filters and other optical elements at the correct orientations for microscopy. For example, filter cubes are essential for fluorescence microscopy and reflected light microscopy.

Köhler Illumination: A method of illumination that utilizes various optical elements to defocus and flatten the intensity of light across the field of view in the sample plane. A condenser and light collimator are necessary for this technique.

Nosepiece: A type of arm used to hold the microscope objective in the optical path of the microscope.

Optical Path: The path light follows through the microscope.

Rail Height: The height of the support rail of the microscope body.

Throat Depth: The distance from the vertical portion of the optical path to the edge of the support rail of the microscope body. The size of the throat depth, along with the working height, determine the working space available for microscopy.

Trans-Illumination: Illumination on the opposite side of the sample as the viewing apparatus. Brightfield, differential interference contrast (DIC), Dodt gradient contrast, and darkfield microscopy are some examples of imaging modalities that utilize trans-illumination.

Working Height: The height of the support rail of the microscope body plus the height of the base. The size of the working height, along with the throat depth, determine the working space available for microscopy.

 

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Cerna Microscope Body
Body Height Comparison
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Body Details

Microscope Body

The microscope body provides the foundation of any Cerna microscope. The support rail utilizes 95 mm rails machined to a high angular tolerance to ensure an aligned optical path and perpendicularity with the optical table. The support rail height chosen (350 - 600 mm) determines the vertical range available for experiments and microscopy components. The 7.74" throat depth, or distance from the optical path to the support rail, provides a large working space for experiments. Components attach to the body by way of either a linear dovetail on the support rail, or a circular dovetail on the epi-illumination arm (on certain models). Please see the Microscope Dovetails tab or here for further details.

 

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Illumination with a Cerna microscope can come from above (yellow) or below (orange). Illumination sources (green) attach to either.

Illumination

Using the Cerna microscope body, a sample can be illuminated in two directions: from above (epi-illumination, see yellow components to the right) or from below (trans-illumination, see orange components to the right).

Epi-illumination illuminates on the same side of the sample as the viewing apparatus; therefore, the light from the illumination source (green) and the light from the sample plane share a portion of the optical path. It is used in fluorescence, confocal, and reflected light microscopy. Epi-illumination modules, which direct and condition light along the optical path, are attached to the epi-illumination arm of the microscope body via a circular D1N dovetail (see the Microscope Dovetails tab or here for details). Multiple epi-illumination modules are available, as well as breadboard tops, which have regularly spaced tapped holes for custom designs.

Trans-illumination illuminates from the opposite side of the sample as the viewing apparatus. Example imaging modalities include brightfield, differential interference contrast (DIC), Dodt gradient contrast, oblique, and darkfield microscopy. Trans-illumination modules, which condition light (on certain models) and direct it along the optical path, are attached to the support rail of the microscope body via a linear dovetail (see Microscope Dovetails tab or here). Please note that certain imaging modalities will require additional optics to alter the properties of the beam; these optics may be easily incorporated in the optical path via lens tubes and cage systems. In addition, Thorlabs offers condensers, which reshape input collimated light to help create optimal Köhler illumination. These attach to a mounting arm, which holds the condenser at the throat depth, or the distance from the optical path to the support rail. The arm attaches to a focusing module, used for aligning the condenser with respect to the sample and trans-illumination module.

 

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Light from the sample plane is collected through an objective (blue) and viewed using trinocs or other optical ports (pink).

Sample Viewing/Recording

Once illuminated, examining a sample with a microscope requires both focusing on the sample plane (see blue components to the right) and visualizing the resulting image (see pink components).

A microscope objective collects and magnifies light from the sample plane for imaging. On the Cerna microscope, the objective is threaded onto a nosepiece, which holds the objective at the throat depth, or the distance from the optical path to the support rail of the microscope body. This nosepiece is secured to a motorized focusing module, used for focusing the objective as well as for moving it out of the way for sample handling. To ensure a light-tight path from the objective, the microscope body comes with a bellows (not pictured).

Various modules are available for sample viewing and data collection. Trinoculars have three points of vision to view the sample directly as well as with a camera. Double camera ports redirect or split the optical path among two viewing channels. Camera tubes increase or decrease the image magnification. For data collection, Thorlabs offers both cameras and photomultiplier tubes (PMTs), the latter being necessary to detect fluorescence signals for confocal microscopy. Breadboard tops provide functionality for custom-designed data collection setups. Modules are attached to the microscope body via a circular dovetail (see the Microscope Dovetails tab or here for details).

 

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The rigid stand (purple) pictured is one of various sample mounting options available.

Sample/Experiment Mounting

Various sample and equipment mounting options are available to take advantage of the large working space of this microscope system. Large samples and ancillary equipment can be mounted via mounting platforms, which fit around the microscope body and utilize a breadboard design with regularly spaced tapped through holes. Small samples can be mounted on rigid stands (for example, see the purple component to the right), which have holders for different methods of sample preparation and data collection, such as slides, well plates, and petri dishes. For more traditional sample mounting, slides can also be mounted directly onto the microscope body via a manual XY stage. The rigid stands can translate by way of motorized stages (sold separately), while the mounting platforms contain built-in mechanics for motorized or manual translation. Rigid stands can also be mounted on top of the mounting platforms for independent and synchronized movement of multiple instruments, if you are interested in performing experiments simultaneously during microscopy.

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For sample viewing, Thorlabs offers trinoculars, double camera ports, and camera tubes. Light from the sample plane can be collected via cameras, photomultiplier tubes (PMTs), or custom setups using breadboard tops. Click here for additional information about viewing samples with a Cerna microscope.

Product Families & Web Presentations
Sample Viewing Breadboards
& Body Attachments
Cameras PMTs

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Microscope objectives are held in the optical path of the microscope via a nosepiece. Click here for additional information about viewing a sample with a Cerna microscope.

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Large and small experiment mounting options are available to take advantage of the large working space of this microscope. Click here for additional information about mounting a sample for microscopy.

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Thorlabs offers various light sources for epi- and trans-illumination. Please see the full web presentation of each to determine its functionality within the Cerna microscopy platform.

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Epi-illumination illuminates the sample on the same side as the viewing apparatus. Example imaging modalities include fluorescence, confocal, and reflected light microscopy. Click here for additional information on epi-illumination with Cerna.

Product Families & Web Presentations
Epi-Illumination Web Presentation Body Attachments Light Sources
Epi-Illumination Body Attachments Light Sources

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Trans-illumination illuminates from the opposite side of the sample as the viewing apparatus. Example imaging modalities include brightfield, differential interference contrast (DIC), Dodt gradient contrast, oblique, and darkfield microscopy. Click here for additional information on trans-illumination with Cerna.

Product Families & Web Presentations
Brightfield Web Presentation DIC Web Presentation Dodt Web Presentation Condensers Web Presentation Condenser Mounting Web Presentation Illumination Kits Web Presentation Other Light Sources
Brightfield DIC Dodt Condensers Condenser Mounting Illumination Kits Other Light Sources

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The microscope body provides the foundation of any Cerna microscope. The 7.74" throat depth provides a large working space for experiments. Click here for additional information about the Cerna microscope body.

Product Families & Web Presentations
Microscope Body Web Presentation Microscope Body Translator
Microscope Bodies Microscope Translator

Rigid Stands with Platform

Slide Holder in a Custom System
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Slidable Dovetail is Locked into Place via Two Locking Screws
Slide Holder in a Custom System
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Micromanipulator Shown Mounted on a Rigid Stand with Tapped Platform
  • 200.0 mm x 58.9 mm Platform for Holding Micromanipulators or Other Equipment
  • 24 M6 x 1.0 Tapped Holes at 25 mm Spacings for Increased Mounting Options
  • Quick-Release Clamp Enables Tool-Free Positioning
  • Collar Provides Stops at User-Specified Height and Angle
  • Horizontal, Vertical, and Rotational Adjustments Provide Flexible Positioning
  • Maximum Load of 20 lbs at Full Extension
  • Compatible with Our XRN25 Series or LX Series Manual Translation Stages Using Adapter Plate (Sold Below)
  • Motorized Translation Stages Available with 1" of Motorized X and/or Y Travel

These rigid stands provide a 200.0 mm x 58.9 mm Platform with 24 M6 x 1.0 tapped holes at 25 mm spacings for mounting micromanipulators and other experimental equipment at various heights. When the platform is extended fully (i.e., both dovetail locking screws can still be engaged), the outermost edge of the platform will support a load of 20 lbs (9 kg). 

To allow you to fine tune the location of the mounted equipment, the bottom of the platform has been equipped with a slidable dovetail, as shown by the photo to the right. This dovetail, which is also used in Thorlabs' 66 mm optical rails, is held in place by two screws that accept a 2.5 mm balldriver. Loosening these screws lets the platform translate horizontally over a 6.30" (160.0 mm) range. This long adjustment range also lets the red post holder be positioned over a range of locations on the tabletop. 

The base can be secured to a tabletop via four counterbored slots that accept 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. The base is also compatible with the MPA1(/M) adapter plate (sold below) that allows a rigid stand to be mounted on a translation stage.

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MP100 Support Documentation
MP100Rigid Stand with Platform, Adjustment Height: 148.1 - 208.5 mm
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MP150 Support Documentation
MP150Rigid Stand with Platform, Adjustment Height: 198.1 - 309.3 mm
$636.54
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MP200 Support Documentation
MP200Rigid Stand with Platform, Adjustment Height: 248.1 - 410.1 mm
$660.94
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MP250 Support Documentation
MP250Rigid Stand with Platform, Adjustment Height: 298.1 - 510.9 mm
$675.79
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Rigid Stand Recording Chamber Holders

Slide Holder in a Custom System
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MP100-RCH1 Recording Chamber Holder with a Custom Insert (Not Included)
  • Holds Ø110 mm Recording Chambers
  • Quick-Release Clamp Enables Tool-Free Positioning
  • Collar Provides Stops at User-Specified Height and Angle
  • Horizontal, Vertical, and Rotational Adjustments Provide Flexible Positioning
  • Compatible with Our XRN25 Series or LX Series Manual Translation Stages Using Adapter Plate (Sold Below)
  • Motorized Translation Stages Available with 1" of Motorized X and/or Y Travel
  • Slide Holder Inserts Available in Aluminum or Stainless Steel

These sample holders are designed to let you easily mount a recording chamber at the location you desire in a microscope's optical path. The top platform has a Ø110 mm opening with a 5 mm wide lip and four clamps to securely mount a recording chamber in the optical path. Alternatively, slide holder inserts for mounting a microscope slide (up to 26.0 mm x 76.2 mm) can also be purchased separately and are available in aluminum or stainless steel. The stainless steel insert is useful for applications requiring a magnetic surface for the experimental setup. For custom plate inserts, please contact Technical Support.

Additionally, fifteen M6 x 1.0 tapped holes at 25 mm spacings on top of the platform can be used to mount experimental equipment. The base can be secured to a tabletop via four counterbored slots that accept 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. The base is also compatible with the MPA1(/M) adapter plate (sold below) that allows a rigid stand to be mounted on a translation stage.

To allow you to fine tune the recording chamber's position underneath the objective, the bottom of the platform has been equipped with a slidable dovetail. This dovetail, which is also used in Thorlabs' 66 mm optical rails, is held in place by two screws that accept a 2.5 mm balldriver. Loosening these screws lets the recording chamber translate horizontally over a 4.49" (114.2 mm) range. This long adjustment range also lets the red post holder be positioned over a range of locations on the tabletop.

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MP100-RCH1 Support Documentation
MP100-RCH1Recording Chamber Holder, Adjustment Height: 148.1 - 208.5 mm
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MP150-RCH1 Support Documentation
MP150-RCH1Recording Chamber Holder, Adjustment Height: 198.1 - 309.3 mm
$742.63
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MP200-RCH1 Support Documentation
MP200-RCH1Recording Chamber Holder, Adjustment Height: 248.1 - 410.1 mm
$746.87
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MP250-RCH1 Support Documentation
MP250-RCH1Recording Chamber Holder, Adjustment Height: 298.1 - 510.9 mm
$760.67
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MPSH Support Documentation
MPSHSlide Holder Insert for Recording Chamber Holder, Aluminum
$175.05
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MPSHSS Support Documentation
MPSHSSSlide Holder Insert for Recording Chamber Holder, Stainless Steel
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Rigid Stand Slide Holders

Slide Holder in a Custom System
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MP100-RCH2 Slide Holder in a
DIY Cerna® Microscope System
Rigid Stand 66 mm Rail Post Holder
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MP150-RCH21Slide Holder, Adjustment Height: 198.1 - 309.3 mm
SCL031Self-Centering Lens Mount, Ø0.15" (Ø3.8 mm) to Ø1.77" (Ø45.0 mm), 8-32 Tap
XT66P22Rail Carriage for 66 mm Rails with 6-32, 8-32, & 1/4"-20 Taps
PH22Ø1/2" Post Holder, Spring-Loaded Hex-Locking Thumbscrew, L = 2"
TR32Ø1/2" Optical Post, SS, 8-32 Setscrew, 1/4"-20 Tap, L = 3"
SH25S03811/4"-20 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 3/8" Long, 25 Pack
W25S05011/4" Washer, M6 Compatible, Stainless Steel, 100 Pack
S120C1Standard Photodiode Power Sensor, Si, 400 - 1100 nm, 50 mW
ACL25416U-A1Aspheric Condenser Lens, Ø1", f=16 mm, NA=0.79, ARC: 350-700 nm
MS15C11Microscope Slides, 1.35 mm Thick, Single Cavity, Pack of 50
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MP150-RCH21Slide Holder, Adjustment Height: 198.1 - 309.3 mm
SCL03/M1Self-Centering Lens Mount, Ø0.15" (Ø3.8 mm) to Ø1.77" (Ø45.0 mm), M4 Tap
XT66P2/M2Rail Carriage for 66 mm Rails with M4 & M6 Taps
PH40/M2Ø12.7 mm Post Holder, Spring-Loaded Hex-Locking Thumbscrew, L=40 mm
TR75/M2Ø12.7 mm Optical Post, SS, M4 Setscrew, M6 Tap, L = 75 mm
SH6MS101M6 x 1.0 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 10 mm Long, 25 Pack
W25S05011/4" Washer, M6 Compatible, Stainless Steel, 100 Pack
S120C1Standard Photodiode Power Sensor, Si, 400 - 1100 nm, 50 mW
ACL25416U-A1Aspheric Condenser Lens, Ø1", f=16 mm, NA=0.79, ARC: 350-700 nm
MS15C11Microscope Slides, 1.35 mm Thick, Single Cavity, Pack of 50
Using a 66 mm rail carrier, a photodiode power sensor and condenser lens are attached to the post holder of a rigid stand to measure light transmitted through a sample.
  • Designed for Microscope Slides Up to 26.0 mm x 76.2 mm
  • Quick-Release Clamp Enables Tool-Free Positioning
  • Collar Provides Stops at User-Specified Height and Angle
  • Horizontal, Vertical, and Rotational Adjustments Provide Flexible Positioning
  • Compatible with Our XRN25 Series or LX Series Manual Translation Stages Using Adapter Plate (Sold Below)
  • Motorized Translation Stages Available with 1" of Motorized X and/or Y Travel
  • Spring Clips for Holding Petri Dish or Microscope Slides

These sample holders are designed to let you easily rotate a microscope slide (up to 26.0 mm x 76.2 mm) into and out of the optical path of a Cerna® microscope. Fifteen M6 x 1.0 tapped holes at 25 mm spacings on top of the platform can be used to mount additional experimental equipment. The microscope slide tray is removable by loosening the four red thumbscrews and moving the plate clamps, allowing the sample holder to mount a petri dish or recording chamber instead (see Recording Chamber section above). The MPSH and MPSHSS Slide Holder Inserts (sold above) are compatible with these holders.

To allow you to fine tune the slide's position underneath the objective, the bottom of the platform has been equipped with a slidable dovetail. This dovetail, which is also used in Thorlabs' 66 mm optical rails, is held in place by two screws that accept a 2.5 mm balldriver. Loosening these screws lets the slide translate horizontally over a 4.49" (114.2 mm) range. This long adjustment range also lets the red post holder be positioned over a range of locations on the tabletop.

The base can be secured to a tabletop via four counterbored slots that accept 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. The base is also compatible with the MPA1(/M) adapter plate (sold below) that allows a rigid stand to be mounted on a translation stage.

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MP100-RCH2 Support Documentation
MP100-RCH2Slide Holder, Adjustment Height: 148.1 - 208.5 mm
$843.42
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MP150-RCH2 Support Documentation
MP150-RCH2Slide Holder, Adjustment Height: 198.1 - 309.3 mm
$858.27
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MP200-RCH2 Support Documentation
MP200-RCH2Slide Holder, Adjustment Height: 248.1 - 410.1 mm
$873.12
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MP250-RCH2 Support Documentation
MP250-RCH2Slide Holder, Adjustment Height: 298.1 - 510.9 mm
$886.91
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Rigid Stand Insert Holders and Inserts

Rigid Stand with Petri Dish Holder
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MP100-MLSH Rigid Stand with
MLS203P2 Slide/Petri Dish Holder
Rigid Stand with Petri Dish Holder
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MP100-MLSH Rigid Stand with
MLS203P5 Breadboard Insert
  • Designed for Multiple Slides, Petri Dishes, Our MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage, Well Plates, and User-Designed Inserts
  • Quick-Release Clamp Enables Tool-Free Positioning
  • Collar Provides Stops at User-Specified Height and Angle
  • Horizontal, Vertical, and Rotational Adjustments Provide Flexible Positioning
  • Compatible with Our XRN25 Series or LX Series Manual Translation Stages Using Adapter Plate (Sold Below)
  • Motorized Translation Stages Available with 1" of Motorized X and/or Y Travel

These rigid stands contain a rectangular slot that is compatible with the 6.70" x 5.13" inserts shown below (which are sold separately). These inserts can be used to mount samples or experimental equipment in or near the optical path of the Cerna microscope, enabling a variety of experimental configurations beyond those achievable with our more basic sample holders. Eight M6 x 1.0 tapped holes on top of the platform can be used to mount additional experimental equipment

To allow you to fine tune the location of the insert, the bottom of the platform has been equipped with a slidable dovetail. This dovetail, which is also used in Thorlabs' 66 mm optical rails, is held in place by two screws that accept a 2.5 mm balldriver. Loosening these screws lets the insert translate horizontally over a 2.56" (65.0 mm) range. This long adjustment range also lets the red post holder be positioned over a range of locations on the tabletop.

The base can be secured to a tabletop via four counterbored slots that accept 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. The base is also compatible with the MPA1(/M) adapter plate (sold below) that allows a rigid stand to be mounted on a translation stage.


Compatible Inserts
The inserts in the table below are designed for our Rigid Stand Insert Holders and the MLS203-1 and MLS203-2 Fast XY Scanning Stages.

Slide, Petri Dish, Calibration Target, and Well Plate Holders


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MLS203P2 Slide/Petri Dish Holder

  • Holds One Slide or Petri Dish at a Time


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MLS203P10 Multi-Slide Holder


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MLS203P11 Recessed Slide Holder

  • Holds One Slide and One Calibration Target Simultaneously
  • Allows Condenser to be within 1.5 mm (0.06") of Slide

MLS203_P1_L
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MLS203P1 Multiwell Plate Adapter

  • Mount the C4SH01 Four-Slide Holder and Standard Well Plates
  • Clip Holder to Secure Samples in Place
Z-Axis Piezo Stage Holders for User-Designed Inserts


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MZS500-E Z-Axis Piezo Stage

  • 500 µm of Z-Axis Travel with 25 nm Resolution
    (Canadian Patent #2,812,367)
  • Includes BPC301 Controller
  • Link to Full Web Presentation for More Details and All Compatible Inserts


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Breadboard

  • Imperial or Metric Tapped Hole Pattern
    • MLS203P5: 35 1/4"-20 Taps at 1" Spacings
    • MLS203P4: 35 M6 x 1.0 Taps at 25 mm Spacings


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MLS203P3 Blank Adapter Plate

  • Constructed from Anodized Aluminum
  • Easily Drilled or Tapped in Your Own Machine Shop

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MLS203P5 Support Documentation
MLS203P5Imperial 1/4"-20 Breadboard Plate
$220.75
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MP100-MLSH Support Documentation
MP100-MLSHLarge Insert Holder, Adjustment Height: 148.1 - 208.5 mm
$850.54
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MP150-MLSH Support Documentation
MP150-MLSHLarge Insert Holder, Adjustment Height: 198.1 - 309.3 mm
$864.61
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MP200-MLSH Support Documentation
MP200-MLSHLarge Insert Holder, Adjustment Height: 248.1 - 410.1 mm
$879.76
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MP250-MLSH Support Documentation
MP250-MLSHLarge Insert Holder, Adjustment Height: 298.1 - 510.9 mm
$894.92
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MLS203P2 Support Documentation
MLS203P2Slide/Petri Dish Holder for Inverted Microscopes
$496.70
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MLS203P10 Support Documentation
MLS203P10Multiple Slide Holder for Upright and Inverted Microscopes
$508.59
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MLS203P11 Support Documentation
MLS203P11Recessed Slide Holder for Upright Microscopes
$436.09
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MLS203P1 Support Documentation
MLS203P1Multiwell Plate Adapter
$441.50
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MZS500-E Support Documentation
MZS500-EZ-Axis Piezo Stage and Controller Kit
$11,632.77
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MLS203P3 Support Documentation
MLS203P3Blank Adapter Plate
$165.56
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MLS203P4 Support Documentation
MLS203P4Metric M6 Breadboard Plate
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Rigid Stand Post Holders

Mechanical Drawing of Post Holder
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Drawing of Rigid Stand Post Holders

These are the same red post holders included with the rigid stands sold above. They are available in heights of 100 mm, 150 mm, 200 mm, and 250 mm, as defined by the drawing to the right. Each holder includes the same collar and alignment pin that is provided with each rigid stand.

Additional post holders can be used to save reference positions on the tabletop or safely store sample holders that are not in use. Alternatively, by purchasing a taller post holder than one you already have, the vertical range of your sample holder can be effectively increased. Note, however, that rigid stands with item # prefixes MP100, MP150, MP200, and MP250 come with 100 mm, 150 mm, 200 mm, and 250 mm tall posts, respectively. Therefore, a shorter post holder cannot be used to reduce the platform height of a taller rigid stand.

The base can be secured to a tabletop via four counterbored slots that accept 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. The base is also compatible with the MPA1(/M) adapter plate (sold below) that allows a rigid stand to be mounted on a translation stage. These post holders also accept Ø1.5" stainless steel posts for DIY mounting options.

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LPH100 Support Documentation
LPH100Rigid Stand Post Holder, L = 100 mm
$375.50
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LPH150 Support Documentation
LPH150Rigid Stand Post Holder, L = 150 mm
$390.65
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LPH200 Support Documentation
LPH200Rigid Stand Post Holder, L = 200 mm
$404.71
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LPH250 Support Documentation
LPH250Rigid Stand Post Holder, L = 250 mm
$419.86
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Rigid Stand Adapter Plate for XRN25 Series and LX Series Stages

LX Stage with Rigid Stage Adapter
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Item #QtyDescription
XRN25P1Compact 25 mm Travel Linear Translation Stage, Side Micrometer, 1/4"-20 Taps
MP1001Rigid Stand with Platform, Adjustment Height: 148.1 - 208.5 mm
MPA11Rigid Stand Adapter Plate, 1/4"-20 Taps
SH25S03811/4"-20 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 3/8" Long, 25 Pack
W25S05011/4" Washer, M6 Compatible, Stainless Steel, 100 Pack
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Item #QtyDescription
XRN25P/M1Compact 25 mm Travel Linear Translation Stage, Side Micrometer, M6 Taps
MP1001Rigid Stand with Platform, Adjustment Height: 148.1 - 208.5 mm
MPA1/M1Rigid Stand Adapter Plate, M6 Taps
SH6MS101M6 x 1.0 Stainless Steel Cap Screw, 10 mm Long, 25 Pack
W25S05011/4" Washer, M6 Compatible, Stainless Steel, 100 Pack

The MPA1 Adapter Used to Mount a Rigid Stand onto a Translation Stage
  • Aluminum Adapter Plate for Constructing a Manual Rigid Stand Stage
  • Mount a Rigid Stand onto an XRN25 Series or LX Series Manual Translation Stage 
  • Matches the Compact Footprint of Rigid Stand
  • Four 1/4" (M6) Counterbored Holes for Mounting to an XRN25 Series or LX Series Stage
  • Four 1/4"-20 (M6) Tapped Holes for Mounting a Rigid Stand

The MPA1(/M) Rigid Stand Adapter Plate allows users to mount a rigid stand onto an XRN25 series or LX series manual translation stage. The combination of the adapter plate and a translation stage provides a compact manual solution for translating a rigid stand up to 25 mm in one or two horizontal axes using a metric micrometer, which gives a 500 µm displacement for each revolution. When assembled together, the rigid stage, adapter plate, and translation stage maintain a slim profile that consumes a minimal amount of space in and around the optical path. This leaves ample approach room for any objectives, micromanipulators, a condenser, and other equipment, making it easy to work around the setup.

To assemble, attach the adapter plate onto the translation stage via the four 1/4" (M6) counterbored holes that accept 1/4"-20 (M6) cap screws. Then mount the rigid stand onto the adapter plate using the four 1/4"-20 (M6) tapped holes; see the image to the right.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
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MPA1 Support Documentation
MPA1Customer Inspired! Rigid Stand Adapter Plate, 1/4"-20 Taps
$32.96
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MPA1/M Support Documentation
MPA1/MRigid Stand Adapter Plate, M6 Taps
$32.96
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