Your benefits

Power to see more

The synergy between the Power HyD detector family, optimized beam path, and White Light Lasers (WLL) empowers you to obtain more accurate and reliable data to test your hypothesis with precision.

Potential to discover more

TauSense gives instant access to lifetime-based information, delivering additional insights to your experiments. 

Productivity to do more

The ImageCompass user interface enables you to acquire images with just a few clicks, even when doing complex experiments.

The POTENTIAL to discover more

STELLARIS unique TauSense technology allows you to extract an extra layer of information from every sample and increase the scientific impact of your research. TauSense is comprised of application-oriented imaging tools based on fluorescence lifetime that you can use to explore the function of molecules within the cellular context. 

  • TauContrast provides immediate access to functional information, such as metabolic status, pH, and ion concentration. 
  • TauGating improves the quality of your images by removing unwanted fluorescence contributions.
  • TauSeparation helps you expand the combination of fluorescent signals in your experiment beyond the spectral options.
  • TauInteraction provides straightforward detection and quantification of molecular interactions (e.g. protein-protein interaction).
Traditional Confocal

Root-hypocotyl-junction of Arabidopsis thaliana. Image acquired with TauContrast. Actin: Lifeact-Venus (Era et al.Plant Cell Physiol., 2009); chloroplasts: endogenous fluorescence; membranes: red, Propidium iodide. Sample courtesy: Melanie Krebs, COS, University of Heidelberg.

The PRODUCTIVITY to do more

Streamlined setup and acquisition: ImageCompass, the STELLARIS smart user interface, provides users with an easy and intuitive way to set up even the most complex experiments with just a few clicks.

  • Simply fast: Superb image quality in real time and at full speed with the LIGHTNING super-resolution, Dynamic Signal Enhancement (DSE), and the powerful AI feature AiviaMotion. 
  • Intuitive User Interface:  ImageCompass guides you from the experiment setup through acquisition. 
  • Optimize your experiment: Tools like LAS X Navigator are seamlessly integrated for straightforward imaging.

ImageCompass smart user interface. Set up of a multicolor experiment.

Features & Modalities






ImageCompass, LIGHTNING, Dynamic signal enhancement, Navigator







STED - Stimulated Emission Depletion


DIVE - Multicolor Multiphoton


FALCON - Fluorescence Lifetime


DLS - Digital Light Sheet



CRS - Coherent Raman Scattering


x = included, o = optional, - = not available


STELLARIS 5 delivers the very best of our platform. It is a completely re-imagined core system that sets a new standard for confocal microscopy. It is the only confocal system with an integrated WLL, combined with our proprietary Acousto-Optical Beam Splitter (AOBS) and new Power HyD S detectors. Together with the new and unique TauSense technology, STELLARIS 5 sets a new standard for the quality of images and quantity of information generated. This perfected imaging performance is easily attainable thanks to the smart user interface, ImageCompass, which guides you through your experiment set up and acquisition in an easy and intuitive manner.


STELLARIS 8 is a forward-looking system, offering all the benefits of the STELLARIS 5 core system plus added functionality thanks to an extended spectrum WLL and specialized detector options of the Power HyD family. This allows you to expand the range of confocal applications in your research. STELLARIS 8 can be combined with all Leica Microsystems modalities, including FAst Lifetime CONtrast (FALCON), Deep In Vivo Explorer (DIVE), STED, Digital Light Sheet (DLS) and CARS. STELLARIS 8 new features maximize the potential of these modalities and give you the power and potential to set new standards for research.

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