A ScanImage Slow Stack acquisition is composed of multiple sub-acquisitions termed Slices, each identical but obtained at one of a set of evenly spaced axial (Z) positions of the motor.
- Slow Stack acquisitions require that a stage and motor controller is configured for motion in the axial (Z) direction (typically along the microscope objective) is available and is defined in the Machine Data File.
- A Slow Stack acquisition is fundamentally configured by three parameters on the Motor Controls window.
- # Slices
- Z Step/Slice
- Return Home After Each Repeat
- A Slow Stack acquisition can be started anytime # Slices > 1, by selecting GRAB (or LOOP) on the Main Controls panel:
- Beginning acquisition immediately, starting from the current axial (Z) position
- If a Start Position is defined in the Motor Controls Window, acquisition begins after moving first to the defined Start position on that panel
- A Slow Stack is considered a single acquisition – i.e. a single GRAB acquistion or LOOP Repeat.
- External Triggering is supported for Image Stack acquisitions if an Acquisition Start Trigger is defined in the Trigger Controls Window, and the External Triggering button is selected in the Main Controls Window.
- Each Slice can consist of a single Frame or a set of frames, if # Frames > 1 (set on the Main Controls panel.)
Defining Image Stack Endpoints Interactively
Please refer to the Motor Controls Window reference for instructions on how to set the Slow Stack Start/End positions interactively.