BelOMO

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Agat-18k half-frame camera made by BelOMO
BelOMO 10× achromatic triplet loupe
Thermal vision sights

BelOMO or Belorusskoe Optiko-Mechanichesckoye Obyedinenie (Беломо or Белорусское оптико-механическое объединение, Belarus Optical & Mechanical Association) was founded in Minsk in 1971 in Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union, now Belarus. The main factory is the Minskiy Mechanichesckiy Zavod imeni S.I. Vavilova, opened in Minsk 1957 and named after the Soviet physicist Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov (1891–1951).

At first, BelOMO made photographic equipment and lens-making machinery for state use. It now manufactures a wide range of products, including military and consumer optical products. During the 1980s it produced the Agat-18 and Agat-18K half-frame 35mm cameras, still popular among Lomographic photographers.

A joint venture with German optics maker Zeiss was begun in 1995. The firm produces lenses and optical elements for microscopes and other optical equipment with ISO 9001 certification.

MMZ—BelOMO factory estimates its global market share in optical sights, rangefinders and NVDs at 2-3%, with 10% of Russian market and 80% of local market.[1] The factory also produces gas meters, car units, infra-red emitters, juicers and other civil products.[1]

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External linksEdit

  • "Belarusian Optical and Mechanical Association". BelOMO website
  • "Zeiss BelOMO" (in Belarusian). Website of Zeiss BelOMO joint venture

Coordinates: 53°55′1″N 27°37′17″E / 53.91694°N 27.62139°E / 53.91694; 27.62139