Well if I understand things properly, Stellarvue doesn't make telescopes, they just get them from China (or wherever), so calling them a telescope manufacturer is at the least very questionable. What they do is they specify the quality specifications that they will accept from those companies that actually do make telescopes.
So the scopes are not premium in my book, they are just the hand picked better performers of a mass produced model. One could purchase the same scope at a much lower price from somewhere else and get a scope just as good as a Stellarvue product. Of course, you could also get one of a lower quality.
9of many things) that sets the premium telescopes manufacturers apart from the others is the quality of the glass, every type of glass has their own "quality tiers". For example, there is ok FPL-53, better FPL-53, good FPL-53 all the way up to the best FPL-53 (actually, I don't know the exact levels of quality for any one glass but my generalized point still hold true), the premium scope builders only use the best glass and leave the rest for the "others" and I can assure you that the telescopes that Stellarvue sells belongs in the group of "others".
I'm not "bashing" Stellarvue, they do sell a product with a gaurenteed level of quality, I'm just trying to explain how a telescope from a premium manufacturer and a Stellarvue telescope differ.
Edited by PirateMike, 11 July 2019 - 01:01 AM.