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Large Fixed-Stage Platform

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MT-78-FS Datasheet
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Stage Inserts at a Glance
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  • Stable support and solid design
  • Accomodates a variety of stage inserts
  • Compatible with Nikon, Olympus, Zeiss and Leica upright and inverted microscopes
  • Optional XY translation available (motorized or manual)
  • MT-78-FS version compatible with Sutter MT-500 or MT-800 X-Y translators


  • Multi-site electrophysiology where there is a need for a single large stage

Designed for experiments where a large single stage is dictated, the MT-78-FS large-stage platform provides solid, stable support and ample space to attach manipulators and other instruments as needed. The rigid aluminum top plate sits firmly on two of our well-known MT-75 gantry-style stands. These stands provide height adjustment and sturdy attachment to the user’s vibration table. Multiple degrees of freedom accommodate a variety of microscope and instrument arrangements.

The MT-78-FS Fixed Stage platform, paired with a Sutter Instrument XY translator (either the motorized MT-800 or manual MT-500), offers a large, single-platform solution for researchers performing experiments requiring X-Y translation of the optical pathway in order to view multiple locations within the specimen at high resolution. Many prefer a large stage design as it lends itself to the easy addition of manipulators, perfusion systems and other equipment to the setup.

The cast aluminum top plate used in the MT-78-FS has an attractive shape with an extensive 1/4-20 threaded hole pattern on 1-inch centers. This hole pattern is appropriate for mounting Sutter MP285 or MP225 manipulator mechanicals using the mounting adapter plates that come with these devices. Optional rotating bases (285RBI) are also compatible and add flexibility. Finally, the new, MP265/M mechanical can be mounted on its narrow linear slide.

In the center of the MT-78-FS top plate is a 4X6 inch milled pocket that will accommodate a variety of aluminum stage inserts, designed to secure various commercial tissue chambers or slide holders. Custom aluminum inserts can also be provided. An available magnetic stainless steel insert carries commercial chambers or can be provided with a simple large, through hole for mounting a custom chamber. The magnetic insert allows small magnetic devices (perfusion lines, ground electrodes, small manipulators) to be mounted easily near the dish.

The MT-78-CS translates the gantry towers to provide 12.5mm of movement. For users who want additional degrees of freedom and combined increase in travel in X and Y, the MT-78-CS can also be paired with a manual or motorized translator.



Baseplate Dimensions

8in x 15.25in x 2.25in | 200mm x 375mm x 55mm

Maximum Travel

1in | 25mm



Maximum Load

110lbs | 50kg


35lbs | 16kg




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University College London
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