Bio-Imaging Unit

Zeiss AxioImager (System 1)

Zeiss AxioImager with Apotome (System 1)


The Zeiss AxioImager with Apotome (System 1) is a high quality wide field imaging system.

The Zeiss AxioImager is a high quality wide field imaging system that offers three modes of operation:

  • brightfield transmitted light (phase and DIC)
  • wide field fluorescence
  • apotome structured illumination (confocal like) fluorescence

The system utilises two separate camera systems for colour and monochrome imaging.

The Apotome (structured illumination) mode allows users to collect confocal-like images and ‘Z’ stacks, which can subsequently be projected as 3D images (stereo anaglyphs) and movies.

A range of fluorescent filters are available which cover the commonly used dyes:

  • DAPI
  • FITC
  • TRITC and CY5

The illumination source is a wide spectrum alignment free metal halide lamp.

The microscope has as an autofocus system and a precision motorised stage which enables users to automatically acquire tiled images from large specimens (or from an entire slide) and stitch them together post capture.

Analysis of data and images can be carried out using the AxioVision software which includes quantification and colocalisation modules.


Here you can find the specifications for this microscope.


  • 100x (oil, 1.46)
  • 63x (oil, 1.4)
  • 40x (oil, 1.3)
  • 40x (air, 0.75)
  • 25x (multi, 0.8)
  • 10x (air, 0.45)
  • 2.5x (air, 0.75)

Imaging modes

  • wide field fluorecuorescence
  • brightfield, with multi-point x,y (2D) with tiling
  • volume x,y,z (3D)
  • structured illumination (Apotome, fluorescence only)
  • phase contrast
  • DIC


This microscope is located in the Central Unit, on campus.

The Central Unit is based in the William Leech Building room M2.149.

Newcastle University
William Leech Building
Medical School
Framlington Place 
Newcastle upon Tyne

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Find out how to book this microscope.

The minimal booking time for this equipment is 30 minutes. Time increments of 15 minutes are permitted.

Bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to an hour before scheduled use.

Before booking this equipment, please ensure the following:

  • any users are fully trained, and approved by a member of BioImaging facility staff
  • microscopes are left in a good state of tidiness (lenses/stage should be cleaned of any oil)
  • filters and lenses must not be removed or switched between systems without authorisation from Bioimaging facility staff

If you work at Newcastle University, you can book this microscope online by using iLab.

If you're a commercial company or an academic at another institution, just contact us to discuss your requirements.