This sounds interesting. It uses Hoya FCD100 glass and is advertised as having better optical quality than the regular triplet which uses DCD1. It's $1,999 vs $1,599 for the regular one with 2.5" rack and pinon focuser. It's 18 lb with rings, dovetail and diagonal plus lifetime warranty. If the focuser replacement for my WO ZS110 ends up too expensive I might sell it and get one of these. David
Lifetime warranty, good story: Got my *mother's* Swarovskis fixed under Swarovski warranty. Didn't cost me anything. Not even the return shipping.
Lifetime warranty, bad story: I had bought a lifetime warranty garment bag, real nice piece of luggage which I needed at that point in my life, and cost me $500 when I didn't have $500 to spend. A few years later some of it was looking pretty shabby. The internal pockets were ripping out.
The company still existed but had sold itself to another company which used the brand name....but did not honor the warranty of the previous company....
I worry that ES may be more like the garment bag company than Swarovsky. I'm not even sure how lifetime warranties can work unless most people don't use them. You sell a thousand, then ten thousand, then a hundred thousand....sooner or later something is going to go wrong, you have an ever-expanding base of product that needs to be fixed....the cost of doing that has to be built into the cost of the new ones you're selling, which makes you less competitive. But you can escape that liability by reorganizing. And here's where I have some concern about companies that are basically distributors for a factory that sells the same products to many different re-branding operations. This includes Celestron, a company I really really like.