As a variation of our TwinLED product, we offer a choice of conventional Fura-2, or the red-shifted Fura-8, enabling the use of standard Plan Apo lenses, which don’t transmit light at 340nm. High and low affinity versions of both dyes are available from AAT Bioquest allowing the accurate recording of fast and slow calcium changes..
We understand that most researchers will also want to use visible indicators and, quite likely, their existing lightsource alongside the Twin or FuraLED. To simplify this the coupling is equipped with a straight-through port to accommodate any fibre based illuminator, or additional Cairn LEDs.
Cairn have supplied Fura-2 systems for three decades now. The company was founded on a photometry system comprising of a spinning filter wheel illuminated by a xenon arc light source. More recently (last 18 years) we have been selling the Optoscan monochromator, still illuminated with a xenon arc light source, but using a diffraction grating mounted on a galvanometer. We introduced an LED light source for Fura2 five years ago, but only with 360nm isosbestic ratioing (due to limitations in LED availability). We are delighted to now offer full 340nm / 380nm ratiometric Fura-2 imaging with integrated excitation filters. Similarly, the LED configuration for fura-8 is also available.