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The VANTAstar is an upgradable multi-mode microplate reader compatible with all plate formats up to 384 wells. The Enhanced Dynamic Range (EDR) technology, a fast full-plate auto-focus, and luminescence crosstalk reduction make assay detection easier than ever and manual optimization superfluous.  

With its Atmospheric Control Unit for gas control, temperature incubation, multiple shaking options, well scan and reagent injectors with heater and stirrer, the VANTAstar supports all live cell-based assays. The VANTAstar is also available with only filter-based detection. Check here for more details about the VANTAstar F. 

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Technical Specifications

Detection Modes Fluorescence intensity (incl. FRET)
Fluorescence polarization
Luminescence (flash and glow) - incl. BRET
Time-resolved fluorescence
UV/vis absorbance spectra
Measurement Modes Top and bottom reading
Endpoint and kinetic
Sequential multi-excitation
Sequential multi-emission
Spectral scanning (fluorescence, luminescence, absorbance)
Ratiometric measurements
Well scanning
Microplate Formats 6 to 1536-well plates, user-definable
LVis Plate with 16 low-volume microspots (2 μL)
Microplate Carrier Robot compatible
Light Sources High energy xenon flash lamp
Detectors Low-noise photomultiplier tube
CCD spectrometer
Wavelength Selection Dual Linear Variable Filter (LVF) Monochromators™
Linear Variable Dichroic Mirror
Separates ex & em LVF Monochromators

Optical filters:
Ex and em slides hold up to 5 filters each
LVF Monochromators + optical filters
Use one for ex and the other for em
UV/Vis absorbance spectrometer: Full spectra or 8 distinct wavelengths in < 1 sec/well
Spectral Range Filters
FI, LUM, TRF, FP, TR-FRET: 240 - 740 nm

LVF Monochromators™
FI, LUM: 320 - 740 nm

Linear Variable Dichroic
340 - 740 nm

ABS: 220 - 1000 nm; wavelength precision: ≤ 0.5 nm
Sensitivity FI filters 
< 0.5 pM (< 10 amol/well FITC, 384sv, 20 μL). 

FI filters 
< 2.5 pM (< 125 amol/well FITC, 384g, 50 μL). 

FI monochromator 
< 0.8 pM (< 16 amol/well FITC, 384sv, 20 μL). 

FI monochromator 
< 3.5 pM (< 175 amol/well FITC, 384g, 50 μL). 
Dynamic Range: 8 decades in a single measurement. 

< 1.2 mP SD at 1 nM FITC (384sv, 20 μL). 

(black and white microplates) 
Reader Control Kit (Eu) after 18h (384sv, 20 μL). 
Delta F > 700% (High Calibrator). 
Delta F > 25% (Low Calibrator). 

< 30 fM europium (< 2.4 amol/well, 384, 80 μL). 

< 0.8 pM (< 15 amol/well ATP, 384sv, 20 μL). 
Dynamic range: 8 decades in a single measurement. 

ABS with spectrometer 
Selectable spectral resolution: 1, 2, 5, and 10 nm. 
OD range: 0 to 4 OD; photometric resolution: 0.001 OD. 
Accuracy: < 1% at 2 OD. 
Precision: < 0.5% at 1 OD and < 0.8% at 2 OD. 
Linearity: ≤ 0.8% at 2.0 OD.
Read Times Flying mode (1 flash)
9 sec (96), 16 sec (384)
Shaking Linear, circular and double-circular with user-definable time and speed
Incubation +4 °C above ambient up to 45 °C or 60 °C
Minimum condensation concept: the upper heating plate of the incubation chamber operates at +0.5 °C than the lower plate, heated optic system
Software Multi-user Smart Control and MARS Data Analysis Software included
FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliant
Integrated fluorophore library
Dimensions Width: 35 cm, depth: 52 cm, height: 36 cm; weight: 27 kg

Key Features

  • LVF Monochromators for wavelength flexibility and performance 
  • Automatic sensitivity adjustment with EDR  
  • Rapid full-plate auto-focus 
  • Optimized luminescence detection with automatic crosstalk reduction 
  • Spectral scanning in absorbance, fluorescence, and luminescence 
  • Dedicated features for live cell-based assays  
  • Full top/bottom detection capability with automatic switch 
  • Reduced footprint 
  • Easily integrated into automated systems 

VANTAstar Microplate Reader

The VANTAstar is a compact multi-mode microplate reader conceived for ease-of-use and flexibility. It provides the best possible data without the need to make any adjustments, and comes equipped with LVF Monochromators, filter-based detection and a UV/vis spectrometer.

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Our history begins in 1990, as the physicist Dr. Bela Gurath founded BMG LABTECH in Offenburg, Germany. The first three years were affected by defining the strategic orientation of the company. In this year’s, further shareholders joined, among others Dr. Thomas Räbiger who is leading the company today. The team quickly realised that they should develop their own products and set the sights on becoming “the microplate reader company” on the market.

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