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. The system can be used with traditional and AxioCam line cameras, with AxioVision image processing software and with the AxioCam ERc 5s.