Choose between 3 stands for your perfect results in metallography
The new ZEISS Axio Observer family for metallurgy and materials imaging is fast, flexible, and economic: Take advantage of Axio Observer’s inverted construction to investigate a large number of samples in no time at all – or to explore heavy ones, just as efficiently. There’s no need to refocus, even when changing magnification or switching samples.
Axio Observer combines the proven quality of ZEISS optics with automated components to give you reliable, reproducible results. Using dedicated software modules you can analyze, for example, non-metallic inclusions, grain sizes and phases – it’s fully automatic.
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
As an inverted microscope platform, Axio Observer makes work so much more enjoyable. Whether investigating a large number or even heavy samples, you’ll save time in both sample preparation and investigation. Meanwhile, 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. And 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 as well as your samples. With Axio Observer, you invest only in the features you need now. You can always upgrade your system, simply and economically, any time you need to. 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
Control all motorized components of your Axio Observer 7 materials with its touchscreen display. Automatic Component Recognition (ACR) means it will always recognize the settings for objectives and filtersets you have chosen. With Axio Observer 5 materials, nearly all components can be read out or even motorized. And Axio Observer 3 materials comes with an encoded nosepiece, light manager, CAN and USB interface that enables a read-out of the magnification.
Take Advantage of a Variety of Stage Inserts
Select from a variety of stage inserts to tailor the system to your needs. The high-grade spring steel will not yield under loads, even when examining many samples. Thus you can be sure that the optical reference plane is maintained. Stage inserts come with different inside apertures to match standard specimen diameters, plus a 10 mm aperture for very small specimens.
Get Crisp Images with Polarization Contrast
Investigate your samples with polarization contrast using fixed analyzers, a measuring analyzer rotating through 360° and a rotating analyzer with rotating full-wave plate. Now, you can also use a rotatable polarizer to change the direction of incidence of the polarized light. This also makes bireflection and pleochroism visible on anisotropic samples. In addition, some ore phases display anisotropy in the polarized reflected light, whereby a color change is generated depending on the placement of the polarizer a few degrees +/- from the marked position.
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.
Typical applications and samples include grain size analysis, NMI (non-metallic inclusions), birifringent samples (ores, metals, metal alloys, coals, ceramic), analysis of layer thickness and graphite particles, and multiphase analysis.
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