That is so funny. All those ETX products are so cheaply made. It is a shame, because the optics in them are really not that bad.
They are not cheaply made. The drive system is very well made. The go-tos are on the money and the tracking is excellent. You cannot compare it to something from the past, except optically, and there it compares favorably. The nearest comparison is to a superb Nikon autofocus lens, with its plastic body and excellent glass.