Knobby scheduler allows the user to move the microscope by specifying a list of relative changes in position at given frame numbers. One quick way to fill up the table is provided by a set of text fields in the knobby panel. This allows one to perform (x,y,z) tiling with a given range and step size.
The first row of entries correspond to the range (in um) to be covered in the x, y and z axes respectively. The second row specifies the step size in each case. The last entry at the bottom tells Knobby how many frames to sample at each location.
In the example above, Knobby will perform a z-stack with 40um range and 20 um steps (that is, a total of 3 locations), on an (x,y) grid of 3×3 with 200um horizontal and vertical range and steps of 100um.
As you input the desired values the table will update automatically.
Once ready, click the “Arm” checkbox (and the “Return” checkbox if you want knobby to go back to its initial position at the end) and start your acquisition.
Here is the resulting scan for the example above: