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Gibraltar® for Olympus Microscopes


Gibraltar® Platform for Olympus

  • Ultra-Stable Platform for Electrophysiology Research
  • Optional for Manual or Motorized Control
  • Open Design allows for Unrestricted Instrument Operation


  • Compatible with Olympus BX50WI and BX51WI Upright Microscopes
  • Designed to Integrate Micromanipulators
  • Available with Manual Micrometer or Stepper Motor Control
  • Available with Solid Alumium or Stainless Steel Breadboard



  • Multiple-Patch Experiments
  • Time-Lapse Photography
  • Photolysis and Patch-Clamp Recording in Different Field of Views
  • Whole Specimen Imaging

Burleigh®, a division of Thorlabs, manufactures leading edge equipment for electrophysiology research such as this Gibraltar® Platform. The platforms featured here, which are designed for use with Olympus upright microscopes, are a stable and flexible mechanical solution for electrophysiology research. The XY platform provides reliable and reproducible movement, either manual or motorized, of the microscope relative to the Gibraltar stage. This allows the user to change the field of view (FOV) without moving the sample itself, thus preventing disruption to patch recording.

Thorlabs offers four versions of our motorized and four versions of our manual Gibraltar platform for Olympus upright microscopes to meet the user's individual laboratory needs. Our platform can support the installation of multiple micromanipulators, chambers, or other instruments around the microscope objective while providing superior mechanical and thermal stability. This stability is particularly important in sensitive electrophysiology research such as multiple patching.

Our Gibraltar platform has four large-diameter columns that rigidly support the platform, enabling it to be directly bolted to an optical table or mounted to our base plate. These columns are height adjustable, allowing the platform to accommodate various microscopes, chambers, headstages, and approach angles. When combined with our micromanipulators, the Gibraltar platform gives unparalleled control over pipette and microscope position. A hardware kit for assembling the Gibraltar platform is included.

Manual vs. Motorized Control

The Gibraltar platform is available with either a manual or motorized XY stage for manipulation of the Olympus microscope position. The manual control uses micrometers that offer a total travel range of 1" at 40 threads/inch. These simple, yet reliable, micrometers have a resolution of

Our motorized stage gives the user fast, reliable translation with greater functionality than our manual stage. This motorized stage offers 1" of travel in each direction and a position resolution of 5 µm (at min speed). The translation is controlled by a joystick and has two speed settings, allowing for quick and precise movement of the stage. Additionally, the motorized stage has two position buttons, allowing the user to store up to two positions for quick and accurate transition between two separate FOVs.

Solid Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel Platform

There are two available options for the top platform: solid aluminum or stainless steel. Our solid aluminum platform is coated in black epoxy and features through holes. The stainless steel platform offers a magnetic surface with 1/4"-20 taps. Instruments such as micromanipulators may be mounted using either magnetic bases or 1/4"-20 screws. Additionally, the stainless steel platform offers a honeycomb structure for vibration stability and spill-proof holes to protect the microscope from accidental spills. See the Components Guide tab for more information on the available options.


Olympus Manual Gibraltar Tables


Product Image

Platform Top Solid Aluminum Magnetic Stainless Steel Solid Aluminum Magnetic Stainless Steel
Mounting Holes Clearance Hole for 1/4"-20 Tapped 1/4"-20 Clearance Hole for 1/4"-20 Tapped 1/4"-20
Base Plate No No Yes Yes


Olympus Motorized Gibraltar Tables


Product Image

Platform Top Solid Aluminum Magnetic Stainless Steel Solid Aluminum Magnetic Stainless Steel
Mounting Holes Clearance Hole for 1/4"-20 Tapped 1/4"-20 Clearance Hole for 1/4"-20 Tapped 1/4"-20
Base Plate No No Yes Yes


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