OptoSplit II Image Splitter

The market leader for dual emission imaging


FuraLED Light Source

340nm / 380nm ratiometric LED illuminator for Fura-2


Technical Papers


TwinCam Dual Camera Adapter

Engineered for super resolution quality


Microscopes & Chambers

Fluorescence Microscopy – DESIGN TO INTEGRATION


OptoTIRF laser illuminator

Compact and powerful, yet inexpensive, motorised TIRF illuminator


Filters For Microscopy

In stock for delivery across Europe


Fluorescence Microscopy – DESIGN TO INTEGRATION.

Cairn Research is a European scientific instruments manufacturer based in Kent, UK.


Fluorescence Illumination

With over 30 years of experience in building light sources for the life sciences we offer a range of solutions for fluorescence, transmitted light and OptoGenetics.

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OptoSplit II

Fluorescence Detection

With an emphasis on optical performance, stability, usability, and flexibility Cairn are proud to offer a broad range of multichannel emission and detection products.

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Integrated Imaging Systems Cairn Research

Integrated Imaging Systems

Complimentary to our wide range of in-house microscopy and macroscopy products we also have an experienced team of scientists offering turnkey systems and solutions.

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Custom Microscopy Design

We have a dedicated design and R&D team with an onsite engineering machine workshop and offsite contracted engineers available with over 20 years of experience.

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Roper iLas

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Nikon Eclipse Ti2

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DaVinci 2K NDR CMOS Camera


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X-Light V2Tp Confocal Imager

X-Light V2Tp Confocal Imager

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Latest News

Oxford Imaging Festival

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Cairn are delighted to announce that we will be attending the prestigious Oxford Imaging Festival this Friday, 29th September 2017. We will have on display several new products to show the Oxford imaging community including our latest LED light source…

Stimulating Photoreceptors with OptoLED – Why is it so hard to swat a fly?

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Stimulating Photoreceptors with OptoLED Cairn customer, Professor Roger Hardie from Cambridge University, explains to the BBC news team why it is so hard to swat a fly! The fast switching LED light source used in his research for stimulating the…

Bordeaux Neurocampus Ion channels in the brain in health and disease

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Bordeaux Neurocampus   We are delighted to support this truly international course by helping to set up a high speed calcium imaging system with laser photolysis.  Jez pictured with course instructor, Marco Canepari, and students from Japan, Russia and the…

From fast photometry to FuraLED in three easy decades

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This particular blog came into existence because James our Marketing Director asked me to write something about our FuraLED illuminator, but I realised there was potentially so much to say on the subject that I couldn’t just do that on…