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Yet another rebranded Sharpstar 60ED available now

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#1 jay.i

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:04 PM

I got an email from High Point today talking about a new Apertura 60mm f/6 FPL-53 doublet that looks exactly like the Sharpstar 60mm which is currently being sold with branding from Astro-Tech, Teleskop-Service, Altair Astro, and William Optics. If you wanted this scope but with blue trim, congratulations, you now have that option! I don't know why you wouldn't just buy one from the existing vendors, but the Apertura logo looks cool and the blue seems pretty striking I guess...

 

https://www.highpoin...refractor-60edr


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:11 PM

Just seen that in my email as well. I wonder if it does well apertura will continue with rebranding refractors at a competitive price. 



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:15 PM

Just seen that in my email as well. I wonder if it does well apertura will continue with rebranding refractors at a competitive price. 

It's the same price as the AT60ED. Although it does look like it comes with a finder shoe so that saves you something like $20 if you were going to buy one. I don't know how competitive it really is - it's in line with the rest as far as I'm concerned.



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:13 PM

If this is just a re-branded Sharpstar 60mm then my question would be, is the  Sharpstar 60mm a good scope?



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:22 PM

Yes, SharpStar tends to make scope with quality higher than GSO, but lower than Tak. A Goldilocks.

Now if someone will just rebrand their 90mm and sell it in the US!
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Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:24 PM


If this is just a re-branded Sharpstar 60mm then my question would be, is the  Sharpstar 60mm a good scope?

Considering the price, yes! It's a great value. Here is a sample photo I did with mine (Astro-tech branded):

 

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:23 PM

I have the AT branded version. I keep it set up and ready as my grab 'n' go. It satisfies every time. Really, the only limitation is the aperture. It performs as well as you could expect for a 60mm, offering terrific views of Luna and open clusters. 



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:39 PM

I am a big fan of Sharpstar and rebrands.  Mechanics, optics and price all work for me and my needs.


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:34 PM

I think the 60mm f/6 scopes are United Optics and the 60mm f/5.5 scopes are Sharpstar?


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 12:06 AM

Yes, SharpStar tends to make scope with quality higher than GSO, but lower than Tak. A Goldilocks.

Now if someone will just rebrand their 90mm and sell it in the US!

 

Stellarvue used to, but not any more. Teleskop Service in Germany still does if you are interested and they do ship abroad. Just remember to deduct the 20% VAT on the scope and perhaps be prepared for some kind of import duty on your side.



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Posted 19 July 2019 - 02:19 AM

Stellarvue used to, but not any more. Teleskop Service in Germany still does if you are interested and they do ship abroad. Just remember to deduct the 20% VAT on the scope and perhaps be prepared for some kind of import duty on your side.

That's exactly what I was lamenting about. Missed out on a used TS Photoline 90 earlier this year and have been kicking myself ever since.

A couple of us griped on the AT90 f/5.5 thread how it would be nice to have a visual version. Hopefully Astronomics got the hint and starts importing them from SharpStar soon!

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 02:27 AM

Still available from TS, just not in carbon OTA, but as a plus, you can do native binoviewing.

 

But you CAN order from SharpStar directly - seen a couple of people here do that...



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Posted 19 July 2019 - 06:36 AM

Aren’t the f6 60EDs Kunming United products? The Sharpstar 60EDs are f5.5 and look different.

 

Sky Rover (Kunming United) 60mm f6. Note the thin dew shield trim ring and the focuser.

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Sharpstar 60mm f5.5.  Note the the thicker dew shield trim ring, different focuser.

sharpstar60.jpg


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:45 PM

is it suggested to get the field flattened with these scopes? I see one is available for this scope.


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 03:45 PM

This is clearly a rebranded Kunming United Optical (Sky Rover) 60mm f6 ED scope. Not a SharpStar rebranded. The focuser is definitely better on the Kunming scope.



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Posted 19 July 2019 - 07:31 PM

Does Kunming have a website with all of their products on it? Most of their products are not on their site. It does seem that this isn't the Sharpstar 60ED though so it is like a KUO scope. Unfortunately I can't edit the thread title anymore so a moderator will have to do that. My apologies for the confusion - and thank you to all of the correctors!


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Posted 23 July 2019 - 03:45 AM

I was last February in Shanghai and I went to visit the Sharpstar HQ!

It is a very small company; four people working there at the time. The manager was generally enthusiast; he complained that the market for quality refractors is too small.
All components were custom milled for them, the focuser also, of which they were specially proud.

BEWARE that they work in small batches, the scopes may look all identical but the quality, specially of the lenses, may vary in function of how much High Point or William Optics actually paid.
I tried to convince them and KUO to export with their own brand, but they are full of orders and don't care.

Probably if you contact them directly, they can anodize the brackets of your color of choice (& pick the good lenses).
sharpstar-optics.com

Sharpstar, Kunming UO and Synta are separate manufacturers.
GSO, Synta and Long Perng seem to have some relationship, but I didn't understand.
Kunming United Optics has the website of its brand Sky Rover, in chinese
sky-rover.com
APM Germany by Markus Ludes imports basically all UO range (and design some) at reasonable price.

or an old website in english
binocularschina.com

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 08:28 AM

Still waiting for my SharpStar EDPH 61mm. It's been three months now. Yeah, very small batches six at a time sometimes.

 

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 06:12 PM

Still waiting for my SharpStar EDPH 61mm. It's been three months now. Yeah, very small batches six at a time sometimes.

 

Glen.

I was chasing one for months too, finally broke down and bought a Redcat 51, then two days later was notified that the Sharpstar was available so I ended up with both. I've only had a brief chance to test the 61edph but optics look good.

Test image with Canon 600D: taken through thin cloud and accidently left light pollution filter in place so colour is off. Minor spacing adjustment should take care of corner stars.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 04:59 AM

That's looking promising. Thank you.

 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:06 AM

Well, it arrived this morning after a 3+ month wait.

 

 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:45 AM

Congrats Glen. I finally got a clear evening and my 61edph is collecting images right now.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 08:48 AM

Hope to see a few more.

 

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 01:59 PM

Congrats Glen. I finally got a clear evening and my 61edph is collecting images right now.

Would love to see your results. I am thinking of getting one but I would like to use a full frame camera with it (Canon 6D). As per SharpStar image circle is 44mm so 6D should work just fine. 



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 06:40 PM

I'll post some pics on CN today or tomorrow - haven't stacked/processed yet but subs look good.

 

My impression is that the Redcat is a touch better optically but both are great scopes.




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