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



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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



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

1984   First Zoom 6000 video microscope lens is manufactured.



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



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.



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.



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



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



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.



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

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