Use ZEISS ZEN lite as a Digital Microscope for Thin Section Analysis

Download these digital thin section datasets from ZEISS Axioscan with our compliments

What you can take away from this page

  • Download a great variety of petrographic thin sections for free
  • Learn where those thin sections come from 
  • Take your research and teaching to the next level

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Full Version: ZEN 3.1 blue / ZEN 3.0 black Installation
(Windows 7 and Windows 10, 64bit systems)

Please watch this short tutorial for
viewing thin sections in Zen Lite

Thin sections can be viewed in ZEN software, including the free
ZEN Lite 3.1.

Full Version: ZEN Blue (Lite) Installation
(Windows 7 and Windows 10, 64bit systems)

  • If you are using a pre-owned licensed version of ZEN, you must use version 2.6 or higher to view the images properly. Users who currently have a licensed version of ZEN Blue 2.5 should only upgrade to ZEN Blue 2.6 using the main ZEISS software portal to view these thin sections. Only download and install ZEN Blue 3.1 using the above link if you have no previous versions of ZEN Blue 2.x.
Metamorphic Thin Sections
Sedimentary Thin Sections

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