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LS460 Microscope
The LS460 microscope’s advanced optics provide excellent resolution in ambient lighting conditions
LS460 Microscope

Monochrome Brightfield and Optional Phase Contrast

The LS460 Microscope provides monochrome brightfield imaging at low cost for a wide variety of applications. LS Microscopes visualize and capture high resolution images comparable to those from traditional, high-cost microscopes. The LS460 utilizes advanced optical engineering and a CMOS sensor to provide near diffraction-limited (theoretical maximum) resolution. Powered only by its USB computer connection, the LS460 easily records your photos, time-lapse series, and videos directly to your computer. And its compact size enables working in challenging locations, including inside incubators, biological safety cabinets, and environmental control workstations.


The LS460 is the new upgraded version in the Etaluma LS400-Series. Its deck includes the bracket for the optional Phase Contrast Accessory and also the accessible deck design.

LS460 with Phase Contrast Accessory & Manual XY Stage

Features and Benefits

Dog esophagus imaged by an LS420
Dog esophagus imaged by an LS460
  • Fully functioning microscope empowers users to visualize cells from slides, microplates, flasks, or dishes
  • Versatile and compact design permits use inside cell culture incubators, tissue culture hoods, and environmental workstations
  • Robust software enables time-lapse studies over seconds, minutes, hours, or days
  • Power and control via USB connection facilitates rapid set up and easy use
  • Advanced optics provide excellent resolution in ambient lighting conditions
  • Objective compatibility with standard lenses allows use of your own objectives
  • Optional Phase Contrast Accessory enhances visualization of unstained samples
The LS460 contains a high sensitivity CMOS sensor with a 100×100 to 1700×1700 pixel image.

What’s included with the LS460

The LS460 comes with the new standardized deck that includes both the tab for mounting the Phase Contrast Accessory and the removable insert for easy objective change. On the underside of the left end of the deck are 2 tapped holes for mounting the optional Manual XY Stage (see Optional Accessories below).

The LS460 also comes with a USB power/communication cable for connecting to a computer.

The LS460 is controlled by Lumaview software that can be downloaded at no charge from the Etaluma website (see Resources/Downloads).

Objectives are sold separately (see Products/Objectives).

LS460 Microscope Specifications
OpticsBrightfield (transmitted light)
Phase ContrastPhase Contrast Accessory (optional)
Objective Options1.25x, 2.5x, 4x, 10x, 20x, 40x, 60x, and 100x(oil) magnification
Objective CompatibilitiesRMS-threaded, infinity corrected, 45 mm parfocal distance
CameraHigh Sensitivity Monochrome CMOS Sensor; C-mount
Image FormatsBMP, JPG, PNG or TIF
Image Size100 x 100 to 1700 x 1700 pixels
Field of ViewUp to 1.06 x 1.06 mm with 20x objective
Video RatesUp to 10 frames/second (fps); up to 30 fps with reduced frame size
StageManual XY Stage (optional)
Labware Holders (optional)Hold slides, 3 sizes Petri dishes, flasks; custom available
Computer RequirementsWindows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Automation FriendlySDK available
Power RequirementsUSB
Dimensions24 cm W x 17.5 cm D x 16.5 cm H (9.4 in W x 6.9 in D x 6.5 in H)
Incl phase: 24 cm W x 23 cm D x 37.8 cm H (9.4 in W x 9.1 in D x 14.9 in H)
Weight3.2 kg (7.1 lb) without phase; 4.5 kg (10 lb) incl phase
Operating Conditions0°C - 42°C, 5% - 95% RH non-condensing
Warranty1 year parts & labor
LS460 Optional Accessories
Phase Contrast Accessory LS620, LS560, LS460 (Olympus pre-centered)Enhances visualization of transparent specimens, including unstained samples
Manual XY Stage for LS620, LS600, LS520, LS420Provides ability to move SBS-dimensioned labware and Labware Holders holding other labware (see below)
Labware Holder for 35 mm Petri dishesFits inside Holder for 60 mm Petri dish or Terasaki plate to achieve SBS footprint
Labware Holder for 60 mm Petri dishes & Terasaki platesSBS outer dimensions
Labware Holder for microscope slides & 50 mm Petri dishesSBS outer dimensions
Labware Holder for 4 microscope slides in parallelSBS outer dimensions
LumaquantImage analysis software
Image-Pro PremierImage analysis software

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