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1946

 

David Goldstein (founder of Navitar, Inc.) and two of his colleagues form Elgeet Optical.

1954

 

Navitar brand name introduced by Elgeet Optical for a 259mm lens sold to the U.S. Navy for use on the CZR-1 missile tracking camera. This lens was designed by Robert Hopkins.

1955

 

World’s first mass produced aspheric lens element used in the Elgeet Golden Navitar 12mm f/1.2 wide angle lens developed for 16mm movie cameras.

1956

 

Elgeet Optical appointed as exclusive U.S. distributor for the microscope product division of Olympus Optical of Japan. The microscopes were all branded Elgeet-Olympus.

1958

 

Elgeet-Navitar branded X-ray imaging optics developed for firms like GE Medical, which later becomes modern day Navitar’s longest running customer.

1960

 

Designed for NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Elgeet-Navitar 8mm F1.5 wide angle lens was produced for TIROS-1, the world’s first Television and Infrared Observation Satellite.  TIROS- 1 and Navitar lens are currently on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

1972

 

David Goldstein reorganizes Elgeet and becomes founder and sole owner of D.O. Industries, Inc.

1978

 

The first Navitar Slide Projection lenses developed for the entertainment and AV presentation industry.

1994   First Zoom 6000 video microscope lens is manufactured.

1993

 

D.O. Industries, Inc. changes name to Navitar, Inc.

1997

 

Buhl Optical in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was purchased to produce projection lenses for the growing LCD video projector market.

1998   First 12X Zoom video microscope lens is manufactured.

1998

 

GM Vacuum Coating Laboratory, Inc. in Newport Beach, California was purchased to produce sputtered solderable coatings and vacuum deposited coatings for UV, visible and IR applications. Company name later changed to Navitar Coating Labs.

2006

 

The Optical Wizard – the first online automated optics selection tool – is introduced and receives patent from US Government.

2008

 

Special Optics in Wharton, New Jersey was purchased leading to major expansion of custom optical design and rapid prototyping capability.

2010

 

Navitar builds custom Buhl lenses for the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency for use in aircraft launch and recovery systems for the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier fleet.

2011

 

Navitar Life Sciences, Inc. acquires assets of Modulation Optics and their world-leading Hoffman Modulation Contrast® (HMC®) Imaging Technology.

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