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2014-07-17 (Zeiss LSM 780 FCS): new 780 shut down procedures

Over the past few weeks we have noticed a Z-drift issue on the 780. Through testing through us and Zeiss we have found that there seems to be something in the room that is causing this instability (most likely air flow over the stage). We found that the system needs to be on for at least an hour before the Z-drift stabilizes (2 hours seems better). For this reason we are changing the shut down procedure for the system.
From now on if someone is signed up after you (even a number of hours after you) leave the system ON. You can exit the software but please leave all of the microscope components on.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask or email

2014-07-03 (Leica SDC w/ microinjector): Coolsnap Camera removed from Leica SDC

The Coolsnap camera that was used for phase contrast imaging on the Leica SDC system has been removed and placed on a different microscope. The operation of the microscope is unchanged. If you would like to use this camera on the Leica SDC or have any questions about the removal, please contact us at Thank You

2014-07-01 (Zeiss LSM 510-meta #2): Zeiss 510 Meta2: New 405nm Laser

The Zeiss service engineer replaced the 405 nm laser today. Users may need to DECREASE the laser power/master gain when imaging to decrease the risk of bleaching/damaging the sample. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Please see a member of the staff if you have any questions or need more information.

2014-06-06 (Leica Cryostat): Scheduled Cryostat Maintenance

The Cryostat will be down beginning Friday (6/6/14) afternoon until Monday (6/10/14) at noon. The Cryostat is being defrosted and cleaned over the weekend. Sorry for any inconveniences.

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