Are you saying the APM 152 will do 60X per inch without a problem?
At least one sample can...
I know a few others who might quibble with that as a blanket statement.
Maybe they are on average better now than they were at the beginnings of the run. That's actually to be expected.
With respect to Synta 6" optics historically, I recall Valery saying that only 15-20% of the C6R units they checked were optically good enough for him to feel comfortable shipping with his Chromacorrs. That's anecdotal data, yes, but from a guy who examined literally scores of 6" Synta achromatic OGs over an extended period of time.
What I am hoping is that JOC jumps on this bandwagon and spins up FCD10 and FCD100 flavors of its doublets with 152mm aperture. I think JOC's large achromatic optics are slightly better on average than Syntas.
Another factor to bear in mind is that it's pretty clear that after the initial buzz fades these are going to be very cheap big ED doublets. Expect the street price in Euros (under 1700) to be matched here in dollars. This is a $2250 scope now only due to novelty and scarcity. With the pipeline full and inventory on shelves, we'll see this as a commoditization play. That is, they will improve the process for making and shipping these scopes, tighten efficiencies of production, use economies of scale to ensure margin at a low, competition crushing, street price.
UO via dealers like APM aren't big enough to play that game. JOC on the other hand is. I think whether we see another big producer with direct distribution (i.e., a house brand in each geo) in this segment depends on how big this segment actually is. In other words, what is the demand for a big, very cheap, well color corrected, slowish doublet? Is the total addressable market large enough to keep two big producers who compete on price and depend on volume fed?
I think it is, provided you can get the price low enough and remain profitable on the units. The reason I say this is that there's a fairly large installed base of 6" achromats out there. Though you can get 6" achromats now fairly reasonably ($500 to $1000 depending on build), these scopes too are built to a price so ultimately should not be much better in quality making quality between madd produced achros and ED doublets at this level a wash. If that's correct then the entire installed base of 6" achromats could potentially be migrated to such ED doublets, if (big IF) the price is low enough. I would say $1500 would be low enough to sway a large percentage of the 6" achro installed base over to a 6" ED doublet. $2k+? Less likely as the pricepoint climbs.
Edited by jrbarnett, 13 August 2018 - 10:45 AM.