The WO 132 doesn't seem to be a clone given it's TMB design, above .95 strehl and FPL53 glass. At $3,600 with with soft case, dovetail , scope and finder rings it's quite a deal. Even the weight is good at 20 lbs given it's 3.5" focuser and you can get a FT if that strikes your fancy. I would have it already but fear it's too close size wise to my WO ZS110. David
I have been a fan of WO, and emailed William enough times to know that not everything you read or see in posts (or from vendors marketing) is true. There are times where there are scopes that are exactly the same as another, but there are also many times where what appears to be the same actually has differences.
The reason is that optics are made by the OEM to the specifications required by the end "brand", and that can vary. There can be a number of other differences unique to the "brand" which makes most of what you see not as simple as a "rebrander" which is a very misused term. The WO products have a number of easy to point out differences. The tubes and their dew shields/caps, quality of finish, baffles, and even quality of the machined parts for example. These parts, and the focusers, for example may actually be different and come from different suppliers or be made in house. Innovative features pattented by WO for example, like their Bahtinov mask cap, their diagonals, rotating camera adapter, flatteners, Rotolock adapters, saddle plates, guidescopes, and other items. Look at the rings, and dovetails, and handle and guide rings. All of these are not rebranded by WO, but rather unique designs and manufacturing by WO. William knows all the best contacts in Taiwan and China (and beyond) and he speaks their language so you can probably guess that he has a long list of options when it comes to offering the best quality at the best price.
The FLT132 is a good example , but there are many others and WO will continue to innovate as he has in the past. He has listened to my feedback, and many other customers for ideas to continually improve his products. They supply extremely well made and easy to adjust focusers now, which is one of the areas they have improved on substantially. Even simple things like their cases, are top notch for the money and made very well for them.
With that all said, I've decided that I really want to go bigger than the ZS103, so I have decided to try to sell mine (watch for a classified on CN if you are interested or PM me) and then depending on how much money my wife will let me spend in 2019, either buy a ZS126 or an FLT132. I think my iOptron iEQ45 could handle either, but that's probably as big as it can go.
The biggest obstacle I face (besides money of course) is my crummy light pollution and usually cloudy skies here. I have an old Celestron C8 with a cracked corrector (don't laugh, it still works well and it was essentially free) and when I pull that out I see how much more I get visually from that extra aperture, but it really lacks in contrast, and is NOT suitable for astrophography at all. Finding something in that 5 inch APO refractor area is what I hope is a good investment for me next. I still have my ZS61 and really old (but still excellent) WO FD80 as well.
Feel free to keep this thread going, ask questions, share comments, etc.
And I will start yet another review thread at some point when I finally do upgrade.