openFrame - new open source microscope

Built to order on an open-source platform - #howdoyoubuildyours?


Rapid Stepping & Spinning Filter Wheels!

Both 25mm & 32mm available


MultiSplit - Four-way image splitter

Simultaneous 4-way image capture on a single camera sensor


Filters For Microscopy

In stock for delivery across Europe


An Employee Owned Business


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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Photometrics Kinetix

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LDI  Laser Diode Illuminator

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Alvéole Primo 2

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Laser Illumination

Gataca iLas2

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Latest News

Introducing Cairn Imaging Solutions

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Cairn Research is delighted to announce the launch of a new independent subsidiary, Cairn Imaging Solutions. From its early roots building photometric instruments for physiology and pharmacology laboratories, Cairn Research is now...

Crest Optics DeepSIM Webinar

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SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 23, 2024 In our upcoming FREE WEBINAR, we will demonstrate how our lattice SIM super-resolution technology is enabling researchers to make discoveries across a wide range of specimen types. We will showcase concrete examples from various…

Congratulations to Dr Holly Smith!

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Congratulations to Dr Holly Smith, on successfully defending her PhD viva!  We were very fortunate to have Holly as a placement student with Prof. Colin Taylor’s group in the Dept of Pharmacology, Cambridge,  under the supervision of Cairn’s Senior Advanced…

MMC2023 update

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Greetings from the MMC meeting in Manchester!  Cairn’s advance party of Jez Steve Greg and Martin have now been joined by Joao and Andrew Allan, to help us show and talk about a whole variety of goodies.  Our openFrame modular…