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Stereo-zoom imaging system

Epifluorescence imaging of small samples that require a wide image field or large depth of focus.

For example:

  • whole mount specimens (e.g. embryos, larvae, insects etc)
  • culture plates
  • gels
  • large tissue sections.

Available with or without technical support.

Make/model Olympus SZX12 stereo zoom system
Details Suitable for brightfield and epifluorescence imaging of small samples such as whole-mounts, culture plates, gels or large tissue sections.
Facility Bioimaging Research Hub
School School of Biosciences

The microscope provides very long working distances and a wide zoom range (0.7x – 9x; zoom ratio 1:12.86). It has RGB filter cubes and is equipped with a Hamamatsu ORCA-ER black and white digital camera.

Internal users can book the equipment using the shared Outlook calendar - 'BIOSI - E/0.04 - widefield microscopy'.

Details of how to book equipment through Outlook.

The booking will be reviewed and then accepted by a member of Bioimaging Unit staff or an alternative time/date proposed.

Please keep to your allotted booking time. You will be charged for the time that you have reserved the instrument for, irrespective of usage. The minimum booking time is one hour.

Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. If you fail to turn up for a booking you will be charged.

Please contact Bioimaging Hub for details of costs -

All users must be trained and registered by Bioimaging Unit staff before using any of the instruments within the Unit.

User guides

Olympus SZX instructions (PDF)

To comply with Cardiff University Health and Safety Policy, individuals must receive appropriate training before using any of the imaging equipment within the Bioimaging Unit and be aware of the risks involved in its use.

If top-up training is required, please notify Unit staff when making a booking and this can be provided prior to your planned session.

All users of the Bioimaging Unit are expected to observe the following. If they fail to comply they will lose their access rights:

  • Food and drink are not permitted within the facility.
  • All waste material (including laboratory gloves) should be properly disposed of outside of the facility – we are not responsible for your waste.
  • Coats and bags when left on the floor in a low light environment represent a tripping hazard. Either hang them on the internal door hooks or, better still, do not bring them into the imaging suites.
  • Do not use any equipment that you have not been properly trained for.  All users should familiarise themselves with the appropriate risk assessments for the procedures being undertaken.
  • All USB data storage devices must be virus checked before plugging them into any of our systems.
  • All systems should be correctly powered down at the end of your session and usage correctly logged in the database.

Get in touch

Dr Anthony J Hayes

+44 (0)29 2087 6611


Sir Martin Evans Building
Museum Avenue
CF10 3AX

Opening hours

The Unit is open Monday-Friday 09:00 - 17:00. If you require access outside these hours please contact the facility administrator.