Axio Observer Inverted Microscope for Materials Research and Analysis

ZEISS Axio Observer for Materials – Your Inverted Microscope System for Metallography

For Investigation, Development and Analysis of Materials

Take advantage of the inverted construction of Axio Observer to investigate metallography samples in no time at all. There's no need to refocus, even when changing magnification or switching metallurgical samples.

Axio Observer combines the proven quality of ZEISS optics with automated components. Profit from reliability and reproducibility.

Using dedicated software modules you can analyze, for example, non-metallic inclusions and grain sizes.
Axio Observer is your open imaging platform: invest in only the features you need today. As requirements change, a simple upgrade keeps your system ready for all materials applications.


Save Time in Metallographic Investigations

  • Save time in both sample preparation and investigation with Axio Observer.
  • Its inverted design facilitates parallel alignment to the objective lens. 
  • Observe more samples in less time: simply put your specimen on the stage, focus once and keep the focus for all further magnifications and samples.

Count on Reliable Results and Brilliant Images

  • You will appreciate the stable imaging conditions of Axio Observer, especially when working with high magnifications.
  • Homogeneous illumination across the entire field of view produces brilliant images. You will get reliable, reproducible results every time, thanks to the proven optical quality of ZEISS combined with automated components.
  • Profit from short time-to-image for your metallographic structure analysis with dedicated software modules, e.g. NMI, Grains, Multiphase.  

Upgrade your System

  • Keep an eye on your budget. With Axio Observer, you invest only in the features you need now.
  • When requirements change you can always upgrade your system.
  • Choose between encoded or motorized components and a range of accessories – you can depend on having any relevant contrasting techniques your application requires.  


Choose Between Three Different Stands

Axio Observer comes with three different stands. Choose between different levels of automation and motorization:

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With motorized z-focus, Automatic Component Recognition that will always recognize the settings for objectives and filtersets you have chosen, touchscreen display and if desired a remote control.

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Nearly all components can be read out or even motorized.

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With an encoded nosepiece, lightmanager, CAN and USB interface that enables a read-out of the magnification.

Contrasting Techniques

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A Choice of Contrasting Techniques

  • Enjoy maximum homogeneity and a stray light free image background in brightfield and darkfield - disturbing stray light is minimized and color aberration is reduced.
  • Investigate your samples with polarization contrast - using fixed analyzers, a measuring analyzer rotating through 360° and a rotating analyzer with rotating full-wave plate. Visualize bireflection and pleochroism on anisotropic samples even if no rotary stage is available.
  • Take advantage of Circular Differential Interference Contrast (C-DIC), a polarization-optical technique which uses circularly polarized light.  


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