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[Zbrafish] Dissecting Scopes

Chris Thorpe thorpe at ksu.edu
Wed Feb 22 10:06:22 EST 2006

Hi Nathalia,

I saw your post on the Zbrafish mailing list about dissecting  
scopes.  I've just purchased my scopes and thought I'd pass along my  
experience.  First, I got one scope just for microinjection-a Fisher  
Stereomaster for about $1,000.  Not a great scope by any means, but  
totally suitable for injection/embryo sorting.  For a higher quality  
scope for scoring phenotypes, in situs, etc., I got a Leica S6 for  
about $2,000.  It comes with its own light source that makes it very  
easy to switch from transmitted to incident light, which I find very  
convenient.  For a high end scope, I went with the Leica MZ16, but  
each of the scopes from the major companies has it's own optics and  
'feel', so its really a matter of choice on that.  Its worth the time  
to demo a few that you are interested in, which is also a good way to  
see if the sales rep is knowledgable and reasonable available to  
you.  A good rep will help you find ways to get what you need within  
your budget, especially if they know that there are other companies  
in the mix for your business.

For microinjection, I went with the PLI-100 system from Harvard  
Apparatus, mostly because I knew from personal experience that it was  
high quality and very dependable.

Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck.


Chris Thorpe
Assistant Professor
Division of Biology
307 Ackert Hall
Kansas St. University
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-1529 (office)
(785) 532-1531 (lab)

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