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Usage Fees

Usage of our microscopes is subject to usage fees as detailed below. We also charge for trainings on confocal and multi-photon systems (but see below). We do not usually charge for other assistance such as introductory discussions, advice, and practical help. An exception would be made if intense, perpetual assistance is requested.

Microscope fees

All microscope fees are in Euro per hour of booking or usage. See guidelines (pdf, 256 kb) for details on the charging rules. Fees are different for different user categories. User categories are: 1. BMC member groups, 2. Non-BMC, LMU and Klinikum researchers, 3. other academic users, 4. non-academic users. For external (non-LMU) users, we have to add taxes (19% Mehrwertsteuer, VAT).

Any fees are subject to changes. Therefore estimations of future fees are preliminary.

Please be aware that light microscopy fees can be applied for in grant applications. For DFG-grants, please see their “Hinweise zu Gerätenutzungskosten und zu Gerätezentren”, Introduction and chapter on “Hochentwickelte Lichtmikroskopie“).

Long term experiments

To allow long term, overnight experiments at reasonable costs, we implemented the following rule: In a 24h-period starting at 9:00 each morning, the same user is charged for 8 hours at most, even if the microscope was used all 24 hours (only 33.3% are paid then).

Big room

Name Characterization BMC 2020 BMC 2021* LMU/ Klinikum Academic Non-Academic
Gaviola fluorescence lifetime 14 16 25 35 245
Göppert multi-photon 12 14 20 30 165
Harvey upright fluo 5 5 8 15 50
Stokes stereo fluo 3 3 8 10 40
Lovelace imaging Workstation 3 3 5 8 30

Confocal room

Name Characterization BMC 2020 BMC 2021* LMU/ Klinikum Academic Non-Academic
Kellner inverted confocal,
STED, light sheet
14 16 25 35 245
Malpighi upright confocal 10 12 15 25 130


Name Characterization BMC 2020 BMC 2021* LMU/ Klinikum Academic Non-Academic
Hooke multi-photon, confocal 12 14 20 30 165
Alhazen TIRF, Thunder 7 7 10 20 100
Brown live cell fluo 5 5 8 15 50

Classic Microscopy

Name Characterization BMC 2020 BMC 2021* LMU/ Klinikum Academic Non-Academic
Jabłoński simple fluo 3 3 5 8 40
Zernike bright field 3 3 5 8 30

Other room

Name Characterization BMC 2020 BMC 2021* LMU/ Klinikum Academic Non-academic
Cajal inverted confocal 9 11 13 21 not available

*For fees in 2021 and beyond, we made certain assumptions that may or may not become true. Therefore we cannot guarantee these fees. We may have to raise them to the "Academic"-level. Please keep that in mind when applying for grant money. For any fee it may become necessary to adapt it during further operation of the Core Facility.

Fees for trainings

In the past, we quite often held trainings for users who afterwards never used our microscopes. While we appreciate the general desire to learn about microscopy, this puts a severe strain on our workload. We therefore now charge €200 Euro for the training on laser-scanning microsocopes (confocal, multi-photon, fluorescence lifetime microscopes). After successful training, this amount will be converted into a prepaid account which the trained user can use towards usage fees for the microscope he was trained on within the next three month after initial training. This amount cannot be transferred to other users or microscopes.

Fees for consumables

Generally, we suggest that our users buy their material at a respective lab supplier. However, sometimes you may need something very quickly, or you cannot purchase a reasonable amount, considering delivery fees. In these cases we may be able to supply small amounts of the following materials to our internal users. The fees match our rounded acquisition costs and are listed in the booking software.

Of particular importance in standard microscopic preparations is the coverslip, since coverslips are a part of the optical system of a microscope. For high resolution microscopy they must have a thickness of 0.17 ± 0,01 µm: This is the value assumed for the calculations for high resolution objectives by any microscope manufacturer. Coverslips with the wrong thickness introduce spherical abberation and thus loss of resolution and loss of signal intensity. (Yes, it does matter!) Unfortunately, most shops sell coverslips of various wrong thicknesses, like "number 1", which is too thin. So if you buy make sure you get the right thickness. Currently we are using "Hecht Assistent 1014" (Link to manufacturers pdf). They can be obtained in various sizes (e.g. 8x18 mm, 0.17 ± 0,01 µm; 24x24 mm, 0.17 ± 0,01 µm) through various suppliers.