About Navitar

Navitar designs, develops and manufactures innovative optical solutions for clients and enterprises across the globe. Solutions include complete optomechanical and optoelectronic assembly and sub-assembly systems. Our products range from high magnification motorized zoom imaging systems to fisheye projection lenses used in a wide variety of industries including Life Sciences, Industrial Imaging, Microscopy and Projection.

The key to our success is our consultative approach to solving complex optical problems through inventive design techniques, the precision at which product is assembled, and the efficiency in which projects move through our business units.

Mission and Vision Statements

Part of AMETEK® and ZYGO™

In November 2022, Navitar became part of the AMETEK family of companies under the Ultra Precision Technologies Division. AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices.

ZYGO, a leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical metrology systems and ultra-precise components and assemblies, is headquartered in Middlefield, CT and joined AMETEK's Ultra Precision Technologies Division in 2014. Together, Zygo and Navitar look forward to collaborating on technologies and sharing resources in order to provide the best possible experience for our customers.

Zygo manufactures high-precision products in the following categories:

3D Optical Profiler Systems
Laser Interferometer Systems
Absolute Position Sensors
Displacement Position Sensors
Optical Components
Optical Assemblies

While we are now part of the AMETEK family, we are still the same Navitar you have known and trusted for over 50 years, committed to providing high quality imaging and projection lens technology needs now and in the future.

Our Capabilities

Navitar has a history of designing innovative, next generation optical solutions ranging from ultra-precision microscope objectives, high volume electronic imaging lenses, cine prime lenses, mobile medical solutions, and infrared (IR) solutions for aerospace, defense, and photonics applications.  


In January 2017, Navitar acquired Pixelink, a Canadian camera manufacturer. Based in Ottawa, ON, Canada, Pixelink manufactures, optimizes and integrates industrial cameras for machine vision applications and microscope cameras for life science and digital microscopy applications. Product offerings include CMOS and CCD sensors, coupled with state-of-the-art high speed digital technologies such as USB 3.0, FireWire (IEEE 1394), USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). Pixelink’s latest camera models are equipped with the 12.3 MPixel Sony Pregius IMX253 (1.1”) and 8.9MPixel IMX255 (1”) sensors which support 4K Ultra HD video. 


Special Optics, located in Denville, New Jersey, has been part of Navitar since 2008. Special Optics designs, manufactures and assembles high-quality, diffraction-limited optical systems and specialize in custom microscope objective lenses for applications requiring higher performance than standard off-the-shelf lenses can provide. 

Optics for UV, VIS, IR and CO2 Applications

  • Best Form Lenses -- Fused Silica and CaF2
  • Beam Expanders -- Motorized, Variable and Fixed for Low and High Power Applications
  • Scan Lenses -- F-Theta and Telecentric
  • Confocal Microscopy Lenses -- Apochromatic
  • Multi-Element Objectives -- Single Line, Achromatic and Apochromatic, UV High NA
  • Laser Diode Collimators
  • Polarization Optics -- Zero, Multiple Order, Achromatic
  • Soleil Babinet Compensators
  • Risley Prisms
  • In-Line Beam Steerer
  • AR Coatings
  • Optical Designs
  • Mechanicals for Specific OEM or Optical Bench Requirements

Prototype to Large Scale Production

Located in Rochester, NY, our production facility manages a wide range of manufacturing volumes with speed, reliability and repeatability. Applications that require lower volumes and higher precision are typically managed by our Special Optics division.

Design Partners

We partner with OEMs, system integrators, projector manufacturers and individuals to design custom optical solutions that match application specific requirements. We have become an invaluable resource for our customers in many new industries whose applications help them stay on the leading edge of tomorrow's technology today.

Experience You Can Trust

With diverse expertise, our solution team includes optical, mechanical, quality, electrical and process engineers. We employ a highly-skilled assembly and testing team along with a dedicated group of solution managers that will assist in guiding all aspects of each project. 

Navitar excels at all phases of engineering from project definition, feasibility, optical & mechanical design, manufacturing, and testing.

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