Open Diamond Bath Imaging Chambers (RC-26, RC-26G)

Open Diamond Bath Imaging Chambers (RC-26, RC-26G)

Large volume open diamond bath recording chamber that can accommodate large specimens such as slice preparations.

  • Designed for patch clamp studies
  • Can be used with tissue slice samples or cell cultured coverslips
  • Applications include patch clamp, intracellular / extracellular recordings, and imaging
  • Diamond shaped bath provides laminar solution flow
  • Large imaging area
  • Can be used with upright or inverted microscopes
  • Tissue slice anchors available

Item# Description U.S. List Price Quantity
64-0234 Large Bath RC-26 Recording Chamber, 170 µl/mm volume
64-0235 Large Bath RC-26G Recording Chamber, 234 µl/mm volume
64-0277 Series 20 Plain Platform, Model P-1
64-0284 Series 20 Heater Platform, Model PH-1
64-1526 PM-1 Chamber platform with magnetic clamps
64-1506 (RPC-1) Replacement platform clamps and screws for P-1, P-3, P-4, P-5, and P-6 platforms, 2 pack
64-1920 (SA-20PS1) Adapter Ring for Pecon Heating Insert P
64-0250 Slice Anchor - Stainless Steel for RC-26 Chamber, 1.0 mm, SHD-26H/10
64-0251 Slice Anchor - Stainless Steel for RC-26 Chamber, 1.5 mm, SHD-26H/15
64-0252 Slice Anchor - Stainless Steel for RC-26 Chamber, 2.0 mm, SHD-26H/2
64-0253 Slice Anchor - Stainless Steel for RC-26G Chamber, 1.0 mm, SHD-26GH/10
64-0254 Slice Anchor - Stainless Steel for RC-26G Chamber, 1.5 mm, SHD-26GH/15
64-0255 Slice Anchor - Stainless Steel for RC-26G Chamber, 2.0 mm, SHD-26GH/2
64-0755 PE-160/10 Polyethylene Tubing PE-160, 10 ft.
64-0756 (PE-160/100) Polyethylene tubing, PE-160, 100 ft
64-0707 CS-22/40 Coverslips, use with RC-22, RC22C, RC-24, RC-24E, RC-24N, RC-26, RC-26G, RC-26GLP, RC-30, and RC-50, pkg of 50
64-0106 Model CC-28 Cable Assemblies with Connector for TC-324B/344B
64-0107 TA-29 Replacement Cable with Bead Thermistor
64-0274 Heater Elements (2) for PH (Heater) Platforms with Mounting Pads and Screws, RH-2
64-1400 Right Hand Suction Tube, Series 20 Classic Design for use with RC-22/22C, RC-25/25F, RC-26/26G/26GLP/26Z
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Model RC-26G chamber on a microscope stage with in-line heater and CC-28 cable with thermistor feedback, (a typical set-up).
Model RC-26G chamber shown in a PH-1 heated platform on a SA-NIK stage adapter
RC-26 shown in a PH-1 heated platform

The RC-26 and RC-26G chambers are designed to be used with cells cultured onto glass coverslips, or with tissue and brain slice samples. The broad imaging area of these chambers (12 x 25 mm and 15 x 24 mm for the RC-26 and RC-26G, respectively) provides excellent access for both electrodes and water-immersion objectives. The diamond shaped geometry facilitates laminar solution flow throughout the bath area.

The large bath of these chambers allows a coverslip to be inserted into the top opening and removed at the end of the experiment. The RC-26 and RC-26G chambers can accept a 12 or 15 mm diameter coverslip, respectively. The working volumes, for 1 mm solution height, of the RC-26 and RC-26G model chambers are 170 and 234 ul, respectively.

Large tissue samples can also be placed directly into the chamber. Slice anchor hold downs are available for tissue slice studies. Anchors are available with Lycra thread spacings at 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 mm.

Both chambers require a platform (PM-1, P-1 or PH-1 ) and stage adapter to complete the assembly for mounting on a microscope. The chamber floor consists of a 22 x 40 mm coverslip.

A temperature controller TC-344C or TC-324C that connects to the heated platform can be added to set and maintain a certain temperature.

Perfusion can be achieved by adding a VC-8 or VC-6 perfusion system, the DVW vacuum system takes care of the waste.

Each chamber is supplied with a package of #1 thickness glass coverslips (CS-22/40, 22 x 40 mm, 50/pkg) and 10 ft of PE-160 tubing.

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Material Polycarbonate Polycarbonate
Bath dimensions
(L x W x H)
25 x 12 x 4 mm 24 x 15 x 4 mm
Outer dimensions
(L x W x H)
40 x 23 x 4 mm 40 x 23 x 4 mm
Volume, by depth 170 μl/mm 234 μl/mm
Bottom coverglass 22 x 40 mm 22 x 40 mm
Input tubing
(ID x OD)
1.14 x 1.57 mm (PE-160) 1.14 x 1.57 mm (PE-160)
Aspirator coupling 1.67 mm (OD) 1.67 mm (OD)

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Integrated Components Brochure_06_7_11.pdfIntegrated Components for Live Cell Imaging Brochure
RC-26 26G (080724).pdfRC-26 and RC-26G Chamber Instructions
RC-26 26P 26G (080326.1).pdfRC-26, R-26P and RC-26G Chamber Instructions
perfusion_strategies.pdfPerfusion Strategies (Leinders-Zufall)