X-Y Translator System for Fixed-Stage Upright Microscopes (Sutter Instrument)

Sutter Instrument Company is pleased to introduce an innovative new design for use in fixed-stage, moving optical pathway microscopy.  The modular design of the MT-1000 features free-standing columns that provide rock solid mounting for the tissue recording chamber and multiple micromanipulators, such as the MP-285 Motorized Micromanipulator.  The columns are positioned around a movable table that provides X-Y translation of the optical pathway in order to view multiple locations within the chamber at high power.

The column-mounted tissue recording chamber is relatively compact and serves as an alternative to bulky stages.  The modular columns allow easy access to the microscope and provide a very flexible design platform for customizing your rig.

At the core of the system is the X-Y translation table. It is designed to allow movement of a microscope's optics with respect to the fixed stage.

Such an arrangement is currently in use by electrophysiologists recording from tissue slice preparations.  The translator allows visualization and/or imaging of multiple tissue locations while maintaining multiple stable recordings from the preparation.  Such a system is also useful for experiments on cells in culture, where one wishes to monitor several cells not in the same field of view, e.g. recording from pre and post synaptic neurons in culture and/or imaging one cell while recording from or stimulating another.

Translation tables are available for the Olympus BX-50, Nikon E600FN, Zeiss AxioskopFS and the Leica DMLFSA.  A generic rectangular table (295 mm × 340 mm), which can accommodate most standard, upright microscopes, as well as a number of inverted microscopes is also available.

The recording chamber and micromanipulators are mounted on independent columns firmly affixed to the translator baseplate.  The manipulator columns are identical to the MT-75 gantry style stands.  The recording chamber fits into a dovetail slide on a similar column. While the chamber column shown opposite conforms to a Warner Instruments Series 20 design, other chambers can be accommodated.  A dovetail slide with a generic opening is available for users who wish to develop custom chambers.



Baseplate Dimensions    200 mm × 375 mm × 55 mm

Maximum Travel    25 mm

Resolution     5 µm

Maximum Load    50 kg

Weight    16 kg




X-Y Translators

MT-500/Y50  for Olympus BX50WI

MT-500/Y51  for Olympus BX51

MT-500/N60  for Nikon E600FN

MT-500/L30  for Leica DMLFSA

MT-500/Z20  for Zeiss Axioskop FS

MT-500/Z25  for Zeiss Axioskop 2 FS



X-Y translator, chamber column, two micromanipulator columns

MT-1000/Y50  for the Olympus BX50WI

MT-1000/N60  for the Nikon E600FN

MT-1000/Z20  for the Zeiss Axioskop FS

MT-1000/L30  for the Leica DMLFSA

Note:  Please specify chamber type when ordering Complete Systems.


Chamber Column

MT-150/W20  for Warner Instruments Series 20 recording chamber

MT-150/CUST  for non-standard recording chamber (please specify.)


Manipulator Columns

MT-75 Tall gantry micromanipulator stand

MT-75S Short gantry micromanipulator stand