OptoTIRF V2 Laser Illuminator

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new TIRF illuminator


MultiSplit - Four-way image splitter

Introducing our latest image splitter


Technical Papers & Articles


Filters For Microscopy

In stock for delivery across Europe


Light-sheet solutions

Minimal photodamage or bleaching


Fluorescence Microscopy – DESIGN TO INTEGRATION.

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

Light Sources

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

Image Splitters

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

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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Prime BSI Express

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LDI Laser Diode Illuminator

LDI  Laser Diode Illuminator

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DaVinci 2K NDR CMOS Camera


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X-Light V2Tp Confocal Imager

X-Light V3 Confocal Imager

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Latest News


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CANCELLATION OF PLYMOUTH ADVANCED MICROSCOPY COURSE – IS BREXIT BEGINNING TO BITE? Yes the sad news is that the advanced microscopy course that was due to take place in Plymouth this spring has had to be cancelled because of a…

Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology

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Microelectrode, Patch Clamp and Optical Techniques for Cell Physiology – 16th September 2020, MBA, Plymouth, UK We look forward once again to supporting this great course.  Martin & Andy will be travelling down to Plymouth along with one of our…

2019 Christmas Speech

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MARTIN’S CHRISTMAS SPEECH 2019 Since Christmas is traditionally a time of goodwill, this is when we let our founder and Chairman Martin out of his solitary confinement for a few hours, so that he can attend our annual dinner and…

32mm OptoSpin Sneak Preview!

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We wanted to show you a sneak preview of our latest OptoSpin, which we are calling the Optospin 32, because it takes 32mm rather than 25mm filters.  It is pictured below with our existing 25mm OptoSpin for comparison.  Like its…