Celestron Edge HD14 USA Made!?
Posted 03 November 2013 - 09:05 AM
Lower volume. The big assembly line factory utilization is best leveraged when you make a lot of something and the model does not work as well for things you make fewer of.
If I can use my grinders and polishers to crank out 20 EdgeHD 8" in one day, but only two 14" EdgeHDs in the same time, I have people sitting around while both of my grinding machines are toiling over the big f/2 sperical mirrors.
The other factor is shipping.
International freight is based on the "Shipping Ton".
But the funny thing is that a shipping ton is not really a weeight, but rather a volume.
A "Freight Ton" (land shipping) is done by weigth, but a shipping ton is done by volume, and the volume of a shipping ton is 40 cubic feet.
Now as it turns out, this is roughly the size of a box that is one meter on all sides.
And the problem is that the cost per shipping ton had greatly increased in recend decades.
This is one of the reasons that many car manufactures started to build cars in the US. The cost of shipping them (a car is a lot of volume, hence many shippig tons) was getting to be a major offset for the higher assebly costs of the US.
Bottom line, you can squeeze a lot more EdgeHD 8" scopes into a container than you can 14" EdgeHD scopes.
And my guess is that someone did the math and decided that for the low volumes and the difference in shipping cost by volume, it just made more sense to build them in the US.
I seriously doubt that quality was an issue becuase Synta is proving that it can build really excellent SCTs.
They are where Japan was in the 70s. They are showing the world that they can go toe to toe with any manufacturing country on earth.
To think that they somehow can't build the Edge 14 as well as the Edge 8 is to not give them the credit they deserve.
Economics.. These kinds of things are almost always just plain, simple economics.
Posted 03 November 2013 - 10:29 AM
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Posted 03 November 2013 - 10:27 PM
Or maybe it was cheaper to use precious cargo space shipping the workers here than the finished OTAs.
Kidding aside, they're made in China folks.
Though as Chinese labor rates and standard of living rise, and ours falls, that may change at some point. Apple is manufacturing the new Mac Pro here in the US of A, and considering bringing manufacturing of other products "home" too.
Posted 03 November 2013 - 11:30 PM
Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:35 PM
Kidding aside, they're made in China folks.
Sez Astronomy, Dec. 2013, p. 52, in an article by senior editor Michael Bakich entitled "Behind the Scenes at Celestron":
"Many of Celestron's products come fully assembled from the company's plant in China. Workers at the Torrance, California, plant, however, still create one optical tube assembly -- that of the 14-inch EdgeHD. Here's how they do it..."
Posted 05 November 2013 - 04:20 PM
Posted 05 November 2013 - 10:32 PM
It would certainly give the author of the 2013 article some serious 'splaining to do.
Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:23 AM
Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:59 AM
As of o8' It was on their website it think, that the 11-14" otas were made in USA, and the 8-9.25" in Mex.(don't know about other otas like the 5,6 or the refractors) I know that's changed now, but I still think the 11-14 are USA, my 11 is USA and its a 08'
Mexico? Next to the Meade plant?
Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:37 AM
Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:34 AM
If you still have the OTA shipping box, it'd be great to take a picture of the narrow end of the box with the "Made in China" stamp.
Here is the end of my C14EdgeHD box received last week.
Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:36 AM
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:47 PM
This seems to include grind, polish, coring and coating of correctors. Also mirror coatings. Optics are matched and corrected prior to precise assembly and testing/ qualification.
Reading between the lines, it would seem that some of the more exacting production tasks take place at Torrence, whilst other parts of the telescope are produced at the Synta plant. Curiously, no mention is made of the Edge optics in the baffle tube.
Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:09 PM
Mine is a XLT non-edge scope
Its taken awhile to sink in my head that yall are taking about HD scopes so I wrote all this for nothing...lol,,, but that's ok....carry on