ASI offers three main variants of external cubes that are an essential building block for modular microscopes. All variants hold an internal element – usually a beamsplitter cube or right-angle mirror – on a faceplate with internal dovetail mount.
The three variants differ in the details of the faceplate and the adjustment type. Faceplates are interchangeable between cubes of the same variant. One faceplate piece is included with each Cube, and faceplates can be purchased separately for faster swaps between internal elements. The internal elements such as filter cubes or mirrors must be purchased separately.
All external cubes measure 60 mm on a side, and the optical path through the cube is 60 mm regardless of which ports are used. The three ports have female C60-RING connections. Cubes and faceplates are made of 6010 aluminum.
Ultra-stable Fixed Cube
External cube with internal dovetail mount (not adjustable). Includes one faceplate (C60-DOVE-I). Internal cube not included.
External cube with adjustable faceplate secured by magnets for quick-change capability. Includes one faceplate (C60-DOVE-II). Internal cube not included.
Ultra-stable Adjustable Cube
External cube with adjustable faceplate secured by spring-loaded shoulder bolts for maximum stability. Includes one faceplate (C60-DOVE-III). Internal cube not included.
Ultra-stable Adjustable Cube – 135° Angle
Cube with adjustable faceplate secured by spring-loaded shoulder bolts for maximum stability. Frequently used with applications involving 45° angles, such as SPIM, to level the optical path. Includes a mirror..
Ultra-stable Fixed Cube Faceplate
Faceplate with dovetail mount for fixed cube (C60-CUBE-I), held in place by flathead screws. An eccentric screw allows lateral positioning of the internal element.
Quick-change Cube Faceplate
Faceplate with dovetail mount for quick-change cube (C60-CUBE-II). Held in place by magnets and/or thumbscrews. Ceramic-tipped adjustment screws provide fine angular positioning of the internal element, and an eccentric screw allows lateral positioning of the internal element.
Ultra-stable Adjustable Cube Faceplate
Faceplate with dovetail mount for ultra-stable cube (C60-CUBE-III). Held in place by spring-loaded shoulder bolts. Ceramic-tipped adjustment screws provide fine angular positioning of the internal element, and an eccentric screw allows lateral positioning of the internal element.
Ultra-stable Fixed Cube Kit
Beamsplitter coupling kit. Contains C60-CUBE-I and two C60-RING.
Quick-change Cube Kit
Beamsplitter coupling kit. Contains C60-CUBE-II and two C60-RING.
Ultra-stable Adjustable Cube Kit
Beamsplitter coupling kit. Contains C60-CUBE-III and two C60-RING.
Filter cube for C60 Cubes (U-MF2 replacement). Holds up to 2 mm dichroic glass.
Large Format Filter Cube
Large format (32 x 44 mm) dichroic mirror holder for C60-CUBE. No provision for EM or EM filters.
Female dovetail mount for 25 or 30 mm right angle mirrors or cube beamsplitters. For use with C60-CUBE.
Right Angle Mirror
25 or 30 mm right angle mirror on dovetail holder.
Slider to hold 36 mm x 25.5 mm x 1 or 2 mm mirror or dichroic for C60-3WMS, RA-2nd-PORT, or SHORT-PORT cubes. Mirror/dichroic sold separately.
Beamsplitter Cube using C60-DICHROIC-SLIDER. Side port accepts 30mm O.D. fitting. The C60-SHORT-PORT-L includes a 75 mm f.l. lens for focus using C60-3060-C-MOUNT.
Second Level Port Assembly
Right angle 2nd level port assembly for use with LS-50. Includes dichroic slider and coupling tube.
C60-CUBE-SLDR – Automated 4-position filter cube slider. Provides automated switching of dichroic, emitter and exciter filters. Can be used stand-alone or mounted to LS-50 focus assembly with C60-RA-OBJ-FC-MNT. Typical switch time between adjacent filters is < 250 ms.
C60-CUBE-SLDR-MN – Manual 4-position filter cube slider. Provides manual switching of dichroic, emitter and exciter filters. Can be used stand-alone or mounted to LS-50 focus assembly with C60-RA-OBJ-FC-MNT.
Includes C60-CUBE body with motorized mirror to switch light transmission between two ports. S-version has ~400 ms switching time and +/- 10 arc-seconds resolution. Requires one servo motor control channel.
3-Way Manual Switch
Includes the C60-MIRROR-SLDR-1mm or -2mm to provide manual switching between three ports (straight through with mirror removed and right angle reflections for 2 different mirror positions) or a dichroic for beam splitting along two different paths. Mirror/dichroic sold separately.