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Duane Berhane

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2018, 02:19:55 AM »
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Orion is not a rebranded Skywatcher. Both companies get their products from Synta in China. And the original guys from Celestron now make Planewave telescopes, though I'm sure that's a bit more than you want to spend.

The thing of it is, Skywatcher is the house brand for Syntax.. Skywatcher = Syntax.

Jon
...or Synta.
House brand??? Please.

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2018, 05:34:15 AM »
As I mentioned earlier, a lot of the cost advantages go out the door if you include shipping costs.
The UK is not China. Yet orion UK manages to make quality of scopes at reasonable prices (except shipping across the ocean).

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 12:39:31 PM »
Tele Vue wasn't mentioned. However, Newtonians don't happen to be part of their product list.

http://www.televue.c..._page.asp?id=83

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2018, 08:36:18 PM »
Discovery?

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2018, 10:58:59 PM »
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Discovery?

Something to consider:http://www.cloudynig...copes-for-real/

There's also Webster Telescopes.

http://www.webstertelescopes.com/

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2018, 02:17:10 AM »
Although a lot of discussion on Cloudy Nights is rather provincial, "America" does, technically, refer to the entire western hemisphere.

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Hi. Stellarvue Telescopes (http://www.stellarvue.com/about-us/) are all hand made and assembled in Auburn CA, USA, by Vic Maris and associates. I own a Stellarvue SVR90 triplet APO refractor and love it. In the box was a personal note with all testing graphics from Mr. Maris.

<p class="citation">junomike, on 15 Oct 2016 - 12:02 AM, said:<a href="https://www.cloudynights.com/index.php?app=forums&amp;module=forums&amp;section=findpost&amp;pid=7485895" rel="citation">[/url]<blockquote class="ipsBlockquote built" data-author="junomike" data-cid="7485895" data-time="1476482532">
Although assembled in USA I don't believe all the lenses are made there. I suspect some are "off-shored".
I guess it depends on your interpretation of "US made"?
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Right. Stellarvue threads tends to go sideways on Cloudy Nights, but it does depend on your definitions and your expectations.

Advertising aside, most telescopes are "hand crafted" because they are not made by robots. Traditionally Stellarvue used a mixture of parts from different sources and the final assembly was done in California. Despite the flag waiving, this has never been a secret. Today, many Stellarvue telescopes are shipped, complete, from Asia but are examined, measured, tweaked and, sometimes, modified in California.

I'm a big Stellarvue fan, but star spangled patriotism aside:

My SV-70 doublet was assembled in China and checked in California.
My SV-80 triplet has Russian glass (which was initially designed by a US-based designer but marketed by a German firm), and a US-made focuser and OTA. It was assembled in California. It is currently in England having a new tube made for it.
My SVQ-100 uses Asian glass, was assembled in China but checked and slightly modified in California. It also has a US-made focuser.
My SV-102 has Russian glass and a US-made focuser and OTA. It was assembled in California.

I have also owned an original Nighthawk with <strike>Russian</strike> unknown glass, an Asian focuser and a US-made tube. An Asian-sourced SV-66 and an SV-127 with Russian glass, US-made focuser and a US made tube.

All of them were nicely made and generally performed well.

Behold the global chain of production.

As discussed, there are some U.S. manufacturers out there but they tend to be Dobsonian manufacturers. You'll also find high-end (typically AP-oriented) equatorial mount manufacturing done in the United States (and Europe) because precision machining and, increasingly, sophisticated software are required. Several high-end alt-az mounts are also made in the U.S., again, because tangible quality counts and they are niche products usually bought by connoisseurs.

You might also find this thread interesting.

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2018, 03:40:27 AM »
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Orion is not a rebranded Skywatcher. Both companies get their products from Synta in China. And the original guys from Celestron now make Planewave telescopes, though I'm sure that's a bit more than you want to spend.

The thing of it is, Skywatcher is the house brand for Syntax.. Skywatcher = Syntax.

Jon
...or Synta.
Looks like a syntax error :-)

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2018, 03:46:12 AM »
Maybe I should rephrase the question then:
I like the quality of the VX line of telescopes and the quality of scopes - especially the mirrors - you can get from Orion UK.
A VX6 with PV 1/10 can be obtained for a very reasonable $420 (£ 361). But shipping is rather expensive at £120. Where can I buy a new Newtons an with that quality of a mirror without paying the shipping cost. Remember: many size equivalent telescopes (http://www.highpoint...ly-ota-31057ota) can be obtained at a price that includes shipping. So origin does not matter any more. But price-preformed does matter. Please use the VX6 price performance as a guide for how much I would like to spend on the OTA. Planwave is easy outside of the score I am looking for since their cheapest OTA costs ~ $10,000!
(I want to limit the cost for the OTA because the mount will already be expensive: Skywatcher AZEQ5GT costs $1350.)
In the absence of that are there places where I can just upgrade the mirror for a reasonable price?

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 09:50:49 AM »
Questar is US made, isn't it? No holdback on quality there....

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Re: Are there any real American telescope makers left?
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2018, 10:15:50 AM »
Dennis Steele makes scopes and kits under the Dob Stuff label, TD.