Abberior Instruments GmbH



Abberior Instruments is known for extraordinary customization ability of its flexible STED microscope platform. We have developed the ultimate compact STED plus confocal microscope, called STEDYCON.


STEDYCON is a completely new class of nanoscope. It converts your conventional epifluorescence microscope into a powerful multicolor confocal (405nm, 488nm, 561nm, 640nm) and STED (775nm) system! At the same time, it is incredibly compact and can be used by anyone!

  • Convert your existing microscope - Instantly upgrade any epifluorescence microscope body to multicolor confocal and STED capabilities.
  • Get top-notch STED performance - With STEDYCON your microscope will image at 30nm resolution.
  • Save Space - The incredibly compact STEDYCON comes at the size of a camera.
  • Plug & Play - The STEDYCON is assembled within minutes. It simply connects to the C-mount camera port of your microscope with no need for optical alignment.
  • Service and maintenance free - The laser beams of the STEDYCON are aligned by design as provided by its patent-protected 'easySTED' optical arrangement.
  • Innovative web-based user interface - The STEDYCON can be controlled via a browser on any PC, MAC or even a tablet!


Our STEDYCON nanoscope works with all kinds of microscope bodies from all major vendors:

STEDYCON @ Leica DM2500
STEDYCON @ Leica DMI6000
STEDYCON @ Nikon Ti2
STEDYCON @ Olympus BX53
STEDYCON @ Olympus IX83
STEDYCON @ Zeiss Axio Imager
STEDYCON @ Zeiss Axio Observer with AFM
STEDYCON @ Zeiss Axio Observer Z1
STEDYCON @ Zeiss Axio Vert
Browser-based cross-platform software

The STEDYCON can be controlled via Abberior Instruments STEDYCON smart control, a web-browser-based graphical user interface. STEDYCON smart control was designed from scratch to provide the highest possible usability completing the overall STEDYCON concept of easy installation, intuitive usage, and maintenance-free operation. Beginners can image with super-resolution within minutes. Smart control runs on every device with a modern web browser like Windows-based PCs, Linux-based PCs, Apple PCs or even tablets.


Gattaquant STED-AFM ruler (70 nm distance between emitters) were imaged using a STEDYCON attached to a Nikon Eclipse Ni and a Zeiss Axio Imager Z2. Shown is RAW DATA



From zero to STED in no time 

Follow along with the incredibly quick installation of a STEDYCON super resolution microscope, uncut. We go from opening the carton to the first super-resolution STED image in under three minutes. 

Surface rendering of a confocal z-Stack of a pollen grain. Measured @ STEDYCON/ Nikon Ti2 body

Three color confocal z-Stack of mammalian cells. Z-plane distance: 250 nm. Labelled structures: Actin cytoskeleton (blue, Phalloidin, Oregon Green 488), Nuclear pore complex (green, NUP153, Abberior STAR 580), Mitochondria (green, Tom20, Abberior STAR 635P). Measured @ STEDYCON/ Zeiss body

Confocal microscopy stack acquired with the STEDYCON. Shown is 3 color sample with the actin cytoskeleton (blue) labelled with phalloidine-Abberior STAR488, Nuclear pore complex (Nup153) labelled with Abberior STAR RED and the Golgi protein (Giantin) labelled with Abberior STAR580.

Three color confocal z-Stack of pollen grains. Measured @ STEDYCON/ Nikon Ti2 body.

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