Read customers’ feedback, users stories, cool articles and resources for microscopy enthusiasts.


Customer Story

Routine and challenges of a microscopy unit

Interview with the director of a microscopy team: life in a microscopy facility and the challenges in managing a multidisciplinary team in a complex environment.


Using fluorescent plastic slides to measure field uniformity

Fluorescent plastic slides may not the best tools to measure the field uniformity of a fluorescence imaging system, as some of their features prevent using them within a quantitative approach.

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Customer Story: Quality Control in tissue diagnostics

One of our first customers works in pharmaceutical diagnostics. We virtually sat with him one morning to exchange about his work and experience with Argolight.

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Acknowledgment of core facilities in publications

Contributions to scientific output is key metric for core facility management, as it allows to get funding, grants, and to ensure continuous high standards of operations.

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How to estimate the cost of 1-hour of microscope use?

A model to determine the cost of 1-hour of microscope use, based on the full economic costing (FEC) method recommended by the German BioImaging Network.

Article How often should we perform QC


How often should we perform Quality Control?

Would it still be ‘quality control’ if a microscope was checked only once a year? Frequency of QC often depends on several constraints.


Microscopy facilities: resuming operations after Covid-19

While core facilities have started to resume work, many institutions and research groups have published guidelines and information to help facilities to adapt and find suited methods.

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6 must-read articles about Quality Control in fluorescence microscopy

Quality control is at the heart of the topic of quantitative microscopy and replication crisis. Here is our selection of great articles published by researchers. 

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Core Facility Management: collection of scientific articles

Running a microscopy facility is becoming similar to running a small business, but with a staff actually trying to advance science. 


The scientific Replication and Reproducibility Under the Microscope

The replication crisis, pinpointed around 2010, focus on the difficulty or even impossibility to reproduce many scientific studies.


New standards about Confocal microscopes optical data

The ISO 21073:2019 has recently been published and consists in standards on performance of microscopes for biological imaging.


Empowering team science

3 Things you may have missed during the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) in California, beginning of March 2020.


The must-have tool

When we spend an afternoon analyzing batch of data, or when we write a scientific article, there’s a precious asset to have: good music!


Quality Control on fluorescence microscopes

Quality control is a popular topic on the fluorescence microscopy field, and often mistaken with calibration. What is it and why should we perform it?

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Medical diagnostics certification (COFRAC)

The laboratory of Hematology of Marseille hospitals applied for accreditation through the COFRAC, the French accreditation committee.


Argolight goes to space

Two years ago, our small company was contacted by a NASA contractor to supply our product to equip the International Space Station microscope.