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#1 stbehastx

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:10 AM

Aloha all, I have recently been viewing a thread in this forum and it appears to have steered toward the manufacturing side of the binoculars. This got me thinking, who actually makes the binoculars? Are there only a few companies that actually manufacture and then Celestron and others just buy and brand them? Are 'higher end' binoculars made by one manufactuer or smaller shops? I'm guessing with the global popularity of astronomy as a hobby at least and the many other binoculars uses that I'm asking about a full scale production line somewhere (in Asia again I'm guessing) that makes these on a scale that I can't imagine right now. Is the same true for consumer grade telescopes (I know this is the binocular forum so ignore this sentace if you please) ? I'd be interested in any and all information about this, just for my own knowledge if nothing else...Thanks CN

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:00 AM

From experience, talking to vendors and just IMHO 80-90% of binoculars are made somewhere in Asia. Mostly China but maybe a few in Japan, maybe-possibly- a very few elsewhere . It seems that there are a couple of big optics houses in China that make the lenses and prisms and bodies but there are quite a few other places that finish it with what the distributer wants for final features. This determines the selling price. A few years ago India was trying to break into the market in a big way but, personally, I have not seen any entrys. But then I have not purchased any new binos in at least 3 years. Too many on hand to really "need" another one at this time.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:54 AM

http://www.binocular...om/aboutus.html

#4 BillC

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:58 AM

"Are there only a few companies that actually manufacture and then Celestron and others just buy and brand them?"

SOME of the FEW European companies make MOST of their own--FEWER ALL.

Other than that they are Japanese and Chinese. There are hundreds of brands and models that come from Asia. They ALL come from a handful of manufacturers. It has been that way for decades. David Bushnell was an IMPORTER, not a manufacturer!

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 02:10 PM

I believe even companies like Minox and Zeiss are outsourcing some of their lower cost models, no matter what you buy its the same,for example a Swiss watch that is 100% Swiss made will cost you several thousand dollars,DA

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:26 PM

I just found my Skymasters on that website, amazing. Thanks for the information all. Is there anywhere in the US that manufactures on any kind of large scale anymore?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

I just found my Skymasters on that website, amazing. Thanks for the information all. Is there anywhere in the US that manufactures on any kind of large scale anymore?


There hasn't been a line of CONSUMER binoculars made in the United States for decades!!!

This statement is usually followed by some people who want to debate the issue. But since I had to deal with this the last time, I have spent the $50 I offered anyone who could prove me wrong. And no, photos of ladies wiping off objectives for rifle scopes at Leupold does not constitute making binoculars.

And YES, there are some instruments with axle covers that say "Made in the USA." However, they are Japanese parts, assembled largely by Japanese workers, but happen to be on US soil to help get US government contracts.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:22 AM

Yea I'm not surprised sadly by what your saying. Thanks for all the information Bill C.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

I wish it were not true. But, they didn't ask me!

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