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Manufacturer: Carl Zeiss MicroImaging
Model: LSM 510 META
Software: LSM 510
Year: 2006
SN: 2435000218
Zeiss LSM 510 META Booking
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Microscope overview

The Zeiss LSM 510 META is a confocal point-scanning microscope able to generate high-resolution three-dimensional images of thick specimens. It is an inverted microscope suitable for live cell imaging and photobleaching experiments, equipped with a large size incubator for temperature control and a small stage incubator for CO2 supply. Its META detector can be used for spectral detection and subsequent linear unmixing of overlapping fluorescent stainings, however at a much lower sensitivity than its other two PMT detectors. A vast range of high power lasers are available from violet to far red (405, 458, 488, 514, 561, 594 and 633 nm excitation wavelengths) with matching extended filtersets. With this system you can perform optical sectioning of fluorescent samples which are too thick for a widefield system such as the Zeiss Axiovert 200M, at the cost of increasing photobleaching/photodamage and reducing sensitivity. Image resolution is higher than faster confocal systems such as a spinning disk or the Zeiss LSM 7 Live, but image acquisition is much slower. For higher sensitivity and reduced photobleaching/photodamage check the Zeiss LSM 710 confocal point-scanning system. If your personal computer cannot handle all the data you collected, check out the Big Guy.

Some examples…

  1. Mouse liver infected with malaria parasite. XYZ 3D reconstruction, Specimen: Kirsten Hanson (2007), Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisboa, Portugal.
  2. Drosophila hemocytes. XYt, 41 slices, Specimen: Marco Antunes (2007), Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisboa, Portugal.

Booking Rules

The Zeiss LSM 510 META booking is divided in three daily slots:

9:00 to 13:00 13:00 to 17:00 17:00 to 21:00
  1. A user can book at maximum 2 sessions per week
  2. Each session must fit inside one of the three daily slots (i.e. a session booked from 11:00 to 14:00 counts as 2 sessions)
  3. The above rules do not apply for weekends and for work days before 9:00 and after 21:00
  4. The above rules do not apply for sessions booked on the very same day or 24 hours ahead
  5. Exceptions to these rules require approval from José Rino.
  6. Users must indicate which lasers they are going to use in the booking Description field
  7. Users must indicate if they will use the incubator in the booking Description field (write down 37C INCUBATOR)
  8. Users must write their internal extension phone number in the booking Description field

System components


Laser Unit Wavelength Maximum Power Current Status
Diode 405-30 405 nm 50 mW ok
Argon/2 458, 488 and 514 nm 45 mW ok
DPSS 561-10 561 nm 15 mW not working
HeNe594 594 nm 2 mW ok
HeNe633 633 nm 5 mW ok


Magnification Model Type NA WD (mm)
10x EC Plan-Neofluar Dry 0.30 5.2
20x Plan-Apochromat Dry 0.80 0.55
40x C-Apochromat Water 1.20 0.28
63x Plan-Apochromat Oil 1.40 0.19

Upon request:

Magnification Model Type NA WD (mm)
5x EC Plan-NeoFluar Dry 0.16 18.5
25x LCI Plan-NeoFluar Oil/Glyc/W 0.8 0.21
100x Plan-Apochromat Oil 1.40 0.17

Filtersets (VIS)

Position Filterset Reference Excitation Emission
1 none none none none
2 Blue FS01 359-371 nm > 397 nm
3 Green FS09 450-490 nm > 515 nm
4 Red FS15 540-552 nm > 590 nm
5 Green + Red FS23 475-495 + 540-552 nm 515-530 + 580-630 nm

Filter and Dichroic sets

zeissmetaconfig.jpg zeissmetachannel1.jpg zeissmetachannel2.jpg zeissmetachanneldic.jpg zeissmetamaindic.jpg zeissmetameta.jpg
Main configuration window Emission filters for channel 1 Emission filters for channel 2 Channel separation dichroic Laser separation dichroic META channels

Microscope Turn On Procedure

  • Turn on the two main switches: SYSTEM/PC and COMPONENTS.

  • Turn the metal halide power source on.

  • Turn the computer on
  • Login with your unit account
  • Wait for network icon to change to connected state
  • Start the LSM 510 software
  • If you need temperature control, turn on the warm air heating…

  • … and set the correct temperature on the control box

  • If you need CO2, open the valve and turn on CO2 supply on the control box

Microscope Turn Off Procedure

If there's another user for this microscope in the next hour:

  • Close the software, leave the lasers on an log off the computer.
  • Clean up any objective were you used immersion oil.
  • Make sure that there really is another user going to use the microscope.


  • Clean up any objective were you used immersion oil.
  • Turn off the lasers in the software and shut down the computer.
  • Turn off the metal halide power source.
  • Wait 5 min. for laser cooldown.
  • Turn off the two main switches SYSTEM/PC and COMPONENTS.

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