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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

 

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