In October 2010 the Department of Palaeontology acquired a 3D Digital VHX-600 microscope from KEYENCE. This microscope unites functions from simple viewing to the 3D representation in a single device allowing the study of objects in greater depth. The microscope is equipped with a high resolution CCD with 54 million pixels. Due to the extremely high image resolution (15 frames / s) it ensures a continuous change of the magnification factor and the focus setting. This device is easy to use and it is possible to assemble diverse quantitative data such as measurements of distances, radiuses, angles and area sizes. Changes in movement can be detected and gathered because the VHX-600 is able to capture both moving images as well as in situ images. It is also equipped with a transmitted light setup for visualizing fragile and translucent object, e.g. cleared and stained specimens.

3D Digital Imaging team
Kriwet, Jürgen, Univ.-Prof. Dr.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kriwet - Head of 3D Digital Imaging Facility
Dr. Cathrin Pfaff - 3D Digital Imaging Specialist

Specifications are:
- 54 megapixel camera
- 16 bit color
- HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- Automatic detection of magnification (Double R)
- Vibration-reduced swinging-arm
- motorized Z-axis
- telecentric depth of field lenses - 3D measurement package
- calibration scales and Z stage each with certificate
- 20-1000x magnification range
- transmitted light setup
- polarized light filter

Requests, costs and protocol
- Contact Kriwet, Jürgen, Univ.-Prof. Dr.Jürgen Kriwet or Cathrin Pfaff for access to the 3D Imaging Facility.
- Use is free of any costs - A short introduction to the device is provided.
- Data can be exported in a wide variety of formats including JPEG and TIFF formats and can be collected using
  external hard drives (NTFS format).
- External hard drives must be formatted prior to use.