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. 

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.

Further Information

  • Specs
    • Excitation laser lines: 405 nm (UV, cw, optional), 488 nm, 561nm, 640nm (all pulsed)
    • STED laser: 775nm (pulsed)
    • 2D STED resolution: <40nm, typically 30nm (depending on dyes and objectives used)
    • Easy-STED geometry: all laser lines aligned by design; maintenance free optical beam path
    • 3 confocal imaging channels
    • Detection: APD1: 650-700nm; APD2: 578-628nm; APD3: 501-552nm; time-gated detection (for confocal and STED)
    • QUAD beam scanner: 90µm x 80µm (with a 100x objective); 512x512 pixel up to 1.1 frames/s; line frequency up to 800Hz
    • Pinhole: motorized pinhole with 12 different pinhole sizes
    • Software: browser-based control software operational on any modern PC, Mac or tablet: line interleaved STED and confocal imaging in three imaging channels; options to define z-stacks, acquisition queues and time series, auto-save function
    • Dimensions: STED-camera head: 11cm x 20cm x 20cm; controller: 22cm x 55cm x 60cm; total weight head plus controller unit < 40kg
    • STEDYCON is tested with virtually all microscope stands and objectives from all major vendors; contact us for details
    • Optionally: Optical table or antivibrational table, z-focusing piezo-drive, microscope stand and objective validated for STEDYCON


    The STEDYCON has been tested with the following configurations:

    • Zeiss Axio Imager Z2 (Upright) with objective 100x NA=1.46
    • Zeiss Axio Observer (Inverted) with objective 100x NA=1.46
    • Nikon NiE (Upright) with objective 100x NA=1.45 Lambda Series
    • Nikon TiE (Inverted) with objective 100x NA=1.45 Lambda Series
    • Olympus BX53 (Upright) with objective 100x NA=1.4
    • Olympus IX83 (Inverted) with objective 100x NA=1.4
    • Leica DMI6000 (Inverted) with objective 100x NA=1.4
    • Leica DM2500 (Upright) with objective 100x NA=1.4


    Please contact us to clarify the situation for your existing microscope.

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  • Labels

    We recommend the following Abberior labels which are tested and optimized for Abberior superresolution systems to facilitate maximum resolution:


    > Overview of all Abberior labels