Olympus BX51

Olympus BX51

Location: Medical Sciences Building, E-334

  Unassisted Assisted
(1 hr)
UIC Cost $10 (per hour) $- (per hour)
Other Academic $16 (per hour) $- (per hour)
Non-Academic$32 (per hour) $- (per hour)


The Olympus BX51 is a basic fluorescence and bright field microscope that is suited for general applications. The base is equipped with 4x, 10x, 20x, 40x, 60x, and 100x objectives, as well as a set of 3 manual sliding fluorescence filters (DAPI, FITC, rhodamine).

The base also features two built-in neutral density filters (ND6, ND25) and a daylight balancing filter (LBD) to adjust the intensity and color temperature of transmitted light. A preset intensity switch can be programmed and toggled, which permits reproducible lighting for photomicrography. Episcopic illumination is provided by an X-Cite 120Q metal halide lamp, a quiet and stable source of fluorescence excitation.

Overall, the upright microscope is easy and intuitive to use. Imaging is performed with an Olympus DP71 CCD camera - a 12.5 megapixel, 12-bit color camera capable of recording at 15 frames per second. The corresponding acquisition software (DP Controller, DP Manager) and its various light-balancing tools can be mastered within minutes.

More details can be found at the RRC Wiki guide for this instrument.

Technical Specifications

Currently configured objectives include:
4x/0.13 UPlanFL N
10x/0.3 UPlanFL N
20x/0.4 Plan N
40x/0.75 UPlanFL N
60x/0.9 UPlanFL N
100x/1.3 UPlanFL N Oil