Scientifica MicroStar Motorised Micromanipulator

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Scientifica MicroStar Micromanipulator

The ultimate micromanipulator for synaptic connectivity and neuronal network studies. Arrange up to 12 manipulators around your sample for complex electrophysiological studies.



Under 97 mm wide to fit multiple manipulators and other equipment close to your sample


Less than 1 µm drift over 2 hours for long-term experiments

Super-smooth movement

20 nm resolution for absolute positioning in four axes


Electrically quiet for recording of extremely small signals without having to switch off the motors


Easily switch between left and right-handed configurations and mount next to both upright and inverted microscopes

MicroStar 360° view

Control options

Operate via our ergonomically designed remote control options or through our specially designed LinLab software.


Download the MicroStar Micromanipulator brochure for more information.

Design & Specifications

3 orthogonal and 4th virtual
20 mm (in X and Z axes), 14 mm in (Y axis)
Crossed roller
Minimum speed
Minimum speed
1 µm per second
Maximum speed
Maximum speed
4 mm per second
Electronic resolution
Electronic resolution
20 nm
Memory positions
Memory positions
50 on control device (unlimited via LinLab)
LinLab for Windows


“The low drift of these manipulators allows us to hold patches for over an hour and the noise-free electronics enables us to record the smallest of connection signals better"
Dr Thomas Mrsic-Flogel, UCL
“The small size of the MicroStar manipulators allowed us to fit more manipulators around the rig, improving the yield of the experiments"
Dr Ho Ko, UCL

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Cossell, L., Iacaruso, M., Muir, D., Houlton, R., Sader, E., & Ko, H. et al. (2015). Functional organization of excitatory synaptic strength in primary visual cortex. Nature, 518(7539), 399-403.

Hatch, R., Leinenga, G., & Götz, J. (2016). Scanning Ultrasound (SUS) Causes No Changes to Neuronal Excitability and Prevents Age-Related Reductions in Hippocampal CA1 Dendritic Structure in Wild-Type Mice. PLOS ONE, 11(10), e0164278.

Mean-Hwan, K., Znamenskiy, P., Iacaruso, M F., Mrsic-Flogel, T D. (2015). Exclusive functional subnetworks of intracortical projection neurons in primary visual cortex. bioRxiv.


Dovetail Probe Holder (PH-1000)

Attach a wide-range of bars and probes to your manipulator. Electrode/probe holding bar with v groove which can also be used with Scientifica’s LBM-7 manipulator and In Vivo Manipulators.

Dovetail Probe Holder Dovetail probe holder

Post and Platform for MMBP (PP-3400-00)

Used to mount the MicroStar onto the Scientifica MMBP

Magnetic Base for MicroStar (S-MB-3030-00)

Low-profile magnetic base to attach your MicroStar to your antivibration table or other platform

Electrode Holding Bar (EHB-500)

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