The NIC has a conventional upright epifluorescence microscope, the Olympus BX60. It features 4 cubes for DAPI (UV excitation), GFP (blue excitation) with long pass or short pass emission, and Rhodamine (green excitation). This microscope has 2.5x, 4x, 10x, 20x, 40x, and 60x objectives.
In addition to fluorescence, the NIC Olympus microscope has excellent brightfield optics including DIC. For special applications it is possible to use this instrument for dark field or polarizing microscopy.