Advanced Condenser Systems: Abbe Condensers
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Rheinberg illumination, a form of optical staining, was initially demonstrated by the British microscopist Julius Rheinberg to the Royal Microscopical Society and the Quekett Club (England) nearly a hundred years ago. This technique is a striking variation of low to medium power darkfield illumination using colored gelatin or glass filters to provide rich color to both the specimen and background.
In Rheinberg illumination (illustrated in Figure 1), which is related to darkfield, several kinds and shapes of filters are used. The oblique or outer light rays coming through a wide-open bright-field Abbe condenser pass through an annular (doughnut-shaped) filter of one or more colors (shown as the red, yellow, and blue filter in Figure 1). The central rays of light pass through another spot-shaped filter fitting into the circular opening of the annular-shaped filter (the dark blue central filter in figure 1). The objective is used at full aperture. In this particular case, the specimen would appear as a mixture of red, yellow, and blue on a deep blue background.
We have investigated optical microscopy in Rheinberg illumination mode using a variety of filters with the configuration presented in Figure 1, and have assembled a gallery of digital images created with the QX3 body coupled to an Abbe condenser. Use the links below to navigate to individual photomicrographs of specimens photographed with the QX3 computer microscope equipped for advanced Rheinberg illumination.
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