MPC-78 / MP-78
Large Moving Stage Platform

The MP-78 / MPC-78 Large Moving Stage is available for patch slice or in vivo experiments where the microscope body cannot be moved to view different fields of view. This is most common in two-photon experiments where the excitation beam path must enter a fixed microscope. In order to visit wide-spaced fields of view, and potentially position pipettes at wide-spaced locations, the preparation and any associated manipulators must move together on a large stage.

The MPC-78/MP-78 was introduced at the 2007 Imaging Structure and Function in the Nervous System course at Cold Spring Harbor labs. The stage was very well received. The MPC-78/MP-78 is also appropriate for use with inverted microscopes or other scopes that are larger and not easily translated.

The MPC-78 version uses our MPC-200 multi-manipulator controller. Connecting the stage to one port leaves the second port open for a Sutter MP-285, MP-265, or MP-225 manipulator. A simple switch on the ROE200 allows you to easily control the stage or manipulator. A second MPC-200 controller can be daisy-chained to allow operation of a more complex system from one ROE200.

The MP-78 version is operated by the MP-285 controller, providing onboard programming capability along with control via a serial interface.

The cast aluminum top plate used in the MP-78 has an attractive shape with an extensive 1/4-20 threaded hole pattern on 1-inch centers. This hole pattern is appropriate for mounting Sutter MP-285 or MP-225 manipulator mechanicals using the mounting adapter plates that come with these devices. Optional rotating bases (285RBI) are also compatible and add flexibility. Finally, the MP-265/M mechanical can be mounted on its narrow linear slide.

The large-stage platforms provide solid, stable support and ample space to attach manipulators and other instruments as needed. The rigid aluminum top plate sits firmly on two of our well-known MT-75 gantry-style stands. These stands provide height adjustment and sturdy attachment to the user’s vibration table. Multiple degrees of freedom accommodate a variety of microscope and instrument arrangements.

In the center of the MP-78 top plate is a 4 X 6 inch milled pocket that will accommodate a variety of aluminum stage inserts, designed to secure various commercial tissue chambers or slide holders. Custom aluminum inserts can also be provided. An available magnetic stainless steel insert carries commercial chambers or can be provided with a simple large, through hole for mounting a custom chamber. The magnetic insert allows small magnetic devices (perfusion lines, ground electrodes, small manipulators) to be mounted easily near the dish.

  • Stable support and solid design
  • 25 mm motorized travel in X & Y
  • 40 nm or 62.5 nm resolution (depending on controller)
  • Convenient HOME function allows stage to be quickly repositioned
  • Can be operated with MPC-200 or MP-285 controllers
  • Easy to read vacuum fluorescent display
  • Accomodates a variety of stage inserts
  • Compatible with Nikon, Olympus, Zeiss and Leica upright and inverted microscopes
  • Multi-site, two-photon, electrophysiology
  • Multi-site, inverted (or other large microscope) electrophysiology



Baseplate Dimensions
8 in x 15.25 in x 2.25 in | 200 mm x 375 mm x 55 mm

Maximum Travel
1 in | 25 mm

Low: 0.2 µm/step
High: 0.04 µm/step
Displayed in submicrons

Maximum Load
110 lbs | 50 kg

35 lbs | 16 kg

RS-232, 9600 baud (1 start bit, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit)


Baseplate Dimensions
8 in x 15.25 in x 2.25 in | 200 mm x 375 mm x 55 mm

Maximum Travel
1 in | 25 mm

0.0625 µm/step - displayed in microns

Maximum Load
110 lbs | 50 kg

35 lbs | 16 kg


US PRICES > MP-78 / MPC-78
International prices vary by country due to associated importation costs. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.

Catalog Number Description Price
MPC-781 Moving platform stage plate with motorized gantry supports, MPC-200 controller and ROE, cables and manual $ 13,240
MPC-78/M61 Same as MPC-78 except with M6 tapped holes $ 13,240
MP-781 Moving platform stage plate with motorized gantry supports, MP-285 controller and ROE, cables and manual $ 12,025
MP-78/M61 Same as MP-78 except with M6 tapped holes $ 12,025
MPC-78/Y51/FD1,2 MPC-78 with focus drive for the Olympus BX51WI $ 14,890
MP-78/Y51/FD1,2 MP-78 with focus drive for the Olympus BX51WI $ 13,675

1 Please specify chamber type when ordering
2 Please contact Sutter for availability on other microscope makes and models

Stage Inserts At-A-Glance

MP-78 Chamber inserts
Catalog Number Description Price
X0405003 Warner Series 20 (round) - aluminum $ 116
X0405033 Warner Series 20 (round) - stainless steel $ 116
X0405053 Warner Series 20 (octagonal) - aluminum $ 116
X0405073 Warner Series 20 (octagonal) - stainless steel $ 116
X0405103 50mm round - aluminum $ 116
X0405123 50mm round - stainless steel $ 116
X0404973 Blank insert - Aluminum $ 116
X0404983 Blank insert - stainless Steel $ 116
SI-SLIDE3 Insert with slide holder $ 116
SI-PETRI For petri dish and slides $ 326
SI-W303 Warner Series 30 platform - aluminum $ 116
SI-W30ST3 Warner Series 30 platform - stainless steel $ 116
SI-ALA-MS3 ALA MS series insert - aluminum $ 116
SI-CUSTOM Custom stage insert $ 357

3 no charge when ordered with MP-78 or MPC-78