About Us

Carson Optical was founded by Richard Cameron in 1990. We currently have our global headquarters in Ronkonkoma, New York, USA. Carson is a manufacturing company that sells a wide range of optical products. We are the number one manufacturer of U.S. magnifiers, the number one manufacturer of U.S. pocket microscopes, and a leading supplier of binoculars. Carson has over 100 hundred patents and we sell to hunters, hikers, students, crafters, and builders alike.

Our Story

Innovation and customer satisfaction are the backbone of this industry-leading global optics company. Founded by Richard Cameron in 1990, Carson now has over 30 years of groundbreaking visual aid patents including microscopes, magnifiers, binoculars, range finders, and more. During the company’s humble beginnings in Long Island NY, Cameron stumbled upon a unique digital binocular manufactured by the now-defunct Copitar Japan. He began cold-calling buyers at national retail chains and writers working for major media publications. The company quickly gained placement in mail-order catalogs that included The Sharper Image and Orvis. Public relations efforts gained the company much needed exposure in media outlets that included The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Popular Science.


Currently located in Ronkonkoma NY, Carson’s cutting-edge research and development prototyping lab includes a full workshop featuring multiple CNC machines with 3D printing capabilities, and an optics metrology lab. This equipment along with a passionate design team, are what transforms novel concepts into finely tuned, market-ready products. In addition to this robust 50,000 square foot prototyping lab, Carson has opened two international distribution facilities to support our rapid overseas growth. Carson products can be found on various retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Optics Planet, and more. Carson is rapidly expanding and growing our business and has offices in the UK, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Customer Focused

Since its inception, Carson Optical has remained customer focused. With a team of engineers whose sole mission is to improve the customer experience, this company produces diverse products that are built to last. When it comes to visual aids and optics, we understand that you cannot take a “one size fits all” approach. Whether you are a student, hunter, hiker, camper, or builder, we have a product for you. With that, we also understand the optical industry can be an expensive one. We are constantly striving to produce the best microscopes, the best binoculars, and the best telescopes for an affordable price. No matter the industry, investing in your passion should not break the bank.

Number One Manufacturer of Magnifiers in the USA

Carson’s passion is why we have become the number one manufacturer of magnifiers in the U.S., the number one manufacturer of pocket microscopes in the U.S., and a leading supplier of binoculars. Carson is dedicated to customer satisfaction and transparency on specifications and capabilities of our products. Carson’s entire catalog endures rigorous testing to make sure they can deliver on that dedication. Thank you for your commitment to us! The Carson promise is to always be committed to delivering you the best microscopes, the best binoculars, the best telescopes, and the best customer experience!

Carson Optical, Inc.

Global Headquarters:
2070 5th Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, USA

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