ZEISS Axioscope

Your Microscope for Research and Routine in the Materials Lab

  • Turnkey solution for materials research and metallography
  • Reliable results thanks to advanced light management
  • Full motorization of the motion axes for automated imaging

The Axioscope upright light microscope was designed specifically to meet the most common optical imaging requirements of materials laboratories. Axioscope is the right choice if your routine inspection tasks place high demands on usability, reproducibility and automation – and you also need advanced optical microscopy for materials analysis and metallography. Being a complete material laboratory solution, Axioscope is also the first choice from an economic point of view.


Affordable High Performance

Axioscope – with its outstanding usability and advanced automation features – is ideal for demanding routine tasks. And, even at its attractive price, it also offers powerful capabilities commonly associated with more advanced research light microscopes.

Reliable Results

With coded components and advanced light management, Axioscope delivers trustworthy, reproducible results. Moreover, the motorized Axioscope 7 gives you the ability to fully automate investigative workflows – so it is quick to become the lab favorite.

Digital Integration

With the Axiocam camera portfolio and ZEN 2 core imaging software, Axioscope becomes a powerful digital documentation system. From device control – to image capture, analysis and documentation – to archiving your analytics, Axioscope delivers a fully digitized workflow.

A Turnkey Metallography Solution

Axioscope is performance-ready, with all features working in concert to deliver a complete metallography solution for the materials laboratory: cameras as the most important interface for digitizing your sample data, lenses with application-specific properties, and an imaging software specially developed for materials research and metallography.

Imaging Software with Integrated Materials Modules
ZEN 2 core is your command center for automated imaging and analysis functions. Modules for the determination of grain sizes, phases and layer thicknesses, as well as for the classification of graphite particles, enable Axioscope to provide all meaningful metallographic applications under a uniform user interface.

Learn more about ZEN 2 core

Cast Iron Analysis – Segmentation of graphite particles
Cast Iron Analysis – Segmentation of graphite particles
Grains Size Analysis – Intercept Method
Grains Size Analysis – Intercept Method
Multiphase Analysis
Multiphase Analysis
Porosity Analysis with Multiphase Module
Porosity Analysis with Multiphase Module
Layer Thickness Measurement
Layer Thickness Measurement
Comparative Diagrams – sample comparison with wall charts
Comparative Diagrams – sample comparison with wall charts

Easy to Use for Powerful Workflow Efficiencies

Ergonomic Operating Concept
Axioscope is designed to make everyday operations as comfortable and safe as possible. Important controls – like focus drive, stage drive, light manager and image capture – are arranged on both sides such that they can be operated without overworking either hand.

Easy Image Acquisition
Using the snap button, digital image acquisition is easy. Simply press this ergonomically located button, and you can acquire images while maintaining control over position, magnification or contrast. In this way, the microscopic examination can be fully documented, while you always keep the sample in view.

Axioscope controls

Axioscope controls

Perfect Control of All Stage Axes
The innovative operating concept of Axioscope 7, the motorized product version, gives you full control over all stage movement, without having to take your hands off the microscope or relying on external controllers. With the simple press of a button, you can switch the focus drives between Z-axis control and XY stage control. With the XY control activated, you can move the stage along the X axis with the right focus drive and along the Y axis with the left focus drive.

Axioscope user concept

Axioscope 5: Snap button for image acquisition on both sides
Axioscope 7: Snap button (right) and stage control button (left)  

The ZEISS Axioscope Product Family

Axioscope 5

Manual microscope with coded components for reproducible and reliable results in the analysis of material cuts, thin sections, and fracture surfaces

Axioscope 5 Polarization

Manual microscope with coded components for reproducible and reliable results in typical applications for polarization microscopy: geology, mineralogy and metallography

Axioscope 7

Microscope with coded and motorized components for material microscopy tasks that require advanced imaging capabilities and workflow automation

Axioscope Vario

Flexible material microscope, designed for reflected-light and fluorescence applications, with extended specimen space that accommodates large objects up to 380 mm


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Your Microscope for Research and Routine in the Materials Lab

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