terraclarke, on 26 Feb 2019 - 09:00 AM, said:
All I can figure is that they ran into some very serious QC issues during late phase development and early production. Either that or supply side issues. The hold-up is obviously at the production facility as the ship dates have been pushed back (and back, and back) by the various branding vendors of these instruments (Astronomics, Orion, Agena, etc.). It’s certainly not a trade/tariff issue as they are coming out of Taiwan and not PRC. I’m sure glad that I reconsidered, cancelled my order, and got my money back before the end of last year (Astronomics). Good luck to all you fine folks who have stuck with it.
It is hard to understand how they could be having problems bringing the CC to market when they have been selling very good
RCs for a number of years. The only major difference between an RC and a CC is that the RC uses a concave hyperbaraboloidal primary mirror while the CC uses a paraboloidal primary. Parabolic mirrors are considered to be considerably easier to make and test than hyperbolic mirrors.
GSO seems to be the only company in the world that has figured out how to mass produce both convex and concave hyperbolic mirrors of high optical quality and since no competing products from other companies appear to be on the horizon, GSO has done a very good job of keeping how the make and test these mirrors a secret.