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"The revelations of the Microscope are perhaps not excelled in importance by those of the telescope. While exciting our curiosity, our wonder and admiration, they have proved of infinite service in advancing our knowledge of things around us" (Joseph Leidy)

Diatom Lab is a scientific laboratory company registered and based in Italy with the Italian VAT number IT 01635810193 (Partita IVA 01635810193), with the company name DIATOM LAB di Stefano Barone and under the classification “Research and development in the field of other natural sciences and engineering”.

Diatom Lab performs the following activities:

A) Science education;

B) Publication of articles and books on microscopy;

C) Micromanipulated and Strewn slide preparation with Diatoms, Radiolarians, Foraminifera, Silicoflagellates and other microscopic objects;

D) Study and cleaning of the recent and fossil Diatoms / Radiolarians / Foraminifera / Silicoflagellates collected;

E) Photographic record of the species. In Diatom Lab several research microscopes are used, such as the trinocular Zeiss Axio Imager.A2. It’s a top of the range Zeiss current research microscope… still made in Germany! Its beam path is totally Apochromatic (IC2S = Infinity Contrast & Color Corrected System) and is enclosed in a stable cell that has been isolated from the rest of the stand and is thus particularly insensitive to outside thermal influences and vibrations. Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 has a 25 mm field of view and uses Zeiss M27 objectives, that have a bigger thread than the standard RMS objectives (27 mm versus 20.3 mm): in this way they capture much light, giving brighter and exceptionally spectacular images. Diatom Shop’s version weighs more than 40 Kgs, so is very stable for high resolution photomicrography and HD or 4K videos. Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 is a true jewel for serious study and documentation of Diatoms and microscopic life in general. Diatom Shop's Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 is richly equipped to realize photomicrographs allowing several techniques such as Differential Interference Contrast (DIC), Phase contrast, Polarized light (even with Zeiss Lambda plates), Dark field, Immersion Dark field, Bright field, Fluorescence, Rheinberg Illumination, Epi-illumination and Epi-illumination in darkfield. Diatom Shop's Zeiss Axio Imager.A2 is accessorized with Zeiss M27 Plan-Apochromat and EC (= Enhanced contrast) Plan Neofluar objectives, and with Achromatic-Aplanatic condensers (mainly used in research, force the rays of light coming from the field diaphragm to intersect exactly in the plane of the object with a very high degree of correction, providing details of extreme precision and cleanliness).
Another excellent and modern research microscope is used in Diatom Lab, the Zeiss Axio Scope.A1, but as a back-up instrument for routine work;

F) Production of mountants and fixatives for internal use;

G) Research and Invention of new substances for microscopy;

H) Research and Invention of new mounting techniques;

I) Quality, Quality, Quality


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