Founded in 1969, OPCON Associates, Inc. is an independent consulting company specializing in optical design. OPCON has developed its own proprietary software which is uniquely tailored to areas in which the company is best known, particularly the design of zoom lenses and the utilization of aspherical optical surfaces. OPCON has always been especially interested in the design of mass produced optics for consumer applications and takes pride in the number of resulting products that have successfully gone to market, often in very high volumes. OPCON designs as well as designs based on ideas pioneered at OPCON can be found in a variety of currently available products such as zoom lenses for 35mm photography, lenses for projection television, including all those produced by USPL Inc., a major international manufacturer of plastic and hybrid optics; zoom lenses for the motion picture industry; imaging systems for industrial video, medical and space optics; as well as optics used in surveillance, copiers and numerous other consumer and industrial applications. Some examples are:

  • Series I optics for consumer photographic applications
  • NASA Skylab zoom telescope
  • CN Tower 20:1 zoom telescope
  • US Navy 4.5"X4.5X format reconnaissance zoom lens
  • US Navy underwater zoom lens
  • 10X catadioptric zoom lens
  • Anamorphotic zoom lens
  • Microfiche zoom lenses
  • Panavision Primo cine zoom lenses

In addition to classical lens design services, OPCON Associates, Inc. now offers expertise in the fields of illumination and non-imaging optical systems.

Our capabilities include state of the art software tools, permitting us to model, design and analyze optical systems of arbitrary complexity, including free-formed, multifaceted, diffusing, scattering and hybrid refractive-diffractive components. We are able to offer extensive design services to encompass almost any situation in which light has to be manipulated in order to satisfy customer requirements. This includes, but is not limited to, the design of novel methods of illumination, light-piping, glare and stray light evaluation, as well as system efficiency calculations and optimization.

The principals of OPCON Associates, Inc. are Mel Kreitzer and Jacob Moskovich.

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