Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc. has introduced its Axio Lab.A1 microscope for use in polarization microscopy, student education and routine laboratory applications. The upright instrument suits colleges, universities and research institutes. 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. It can be used with traditional cameras, cameras in the AxioCam line, AxioVision image processing software and with the AxioCam ERc 5s.