THORNWOOD, N.Y., Aug. 17, 2010 — Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc. has introduced the Axio Lab.A1 microscope for use in polarization microscopy, student education and routine laboratory applications. This upright microscope suits colleges, universities and research institutes in the fields of geoscience and mineralogy, and in the oil exploration industry. It enables microscopic examinations of primarily thin geological and mineralogical specimens of glass and polymer samples. It features rapid, reliable switching from orthoscopy to conoscopy. The new stand for conoscopic examinations includes an integrated depolarizer and a rotary analyzer. The focusable Bertrand lens placed on the stand is linked to the analyzer, allowing operating convenience and error-free use. A further benefit is the transmitted light illumination, featuring a high-performance 35-W halogen bulb. The 4× centerable objective turret serves for bright-field and polarization applications. Numerous tubes and various accessories such as compensators render the microscope extremely flexible. The 22-mm field of view offers the user optimal visibility of the sample, also making the system suitable for more advanced examination methods. This ergonomic, compact design offers intuitive operation as a benefit for training and education. The microscope system can be used with traditional cameras, cameras in the AxioCam line, AxioVision image processing software and with the AxioCam ERc 5s.