About us

KiwiStar Optics is a business unit of Callaghan Innovation, a research and development institute and a New Zealand Government owned Crown entity.

KiwiStar Optics crafts the precision optics that are unlocking the universe at leading observatories.


We’ve been helping astronomers to capture and split starlight for 40 years. We’ve made some of the planet’s biggest lenses for its best telescopes.


Our reputation as a global leader in precision optics is built on consistent excellence and innovation.


Our scientists, engineers and master opticians draw on decades of experience and a love of what they do.


We work with state-of-the-art equipment and onsite experts from New Zealand’s national metrology institute and our specialist machine shop.


Some of the largest telescope lenses ever made come from KiwiStar Optics.  We specialise in tightly-toleranced lens elements up to the largest possible blank sizes.


We are trusted by Earth’s best observatories:

Quality – we deliver on the most demanding projects

Reliability – we deliver on time and on budget

Versatility – we customise solutions to your unique needs

Flexibility – we listen, adapt and give you choices


We design and manufacture sophisticated optical systems for clients worldwide. If you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail please contact us.