Wow I come back for a look at CN and some things never change, just the names of the vendors.
Having purchased a substantial number of scopes from multiple vendors, I can say that scopes have reached either me or close friends from every major scope company with apparently no shipping damage and significant issues. I'm not playing fanboy here, I'll name some names: AP, Televue, Takahashi, Stellarvue, TEC, and your favorite company of the month. Yes, even Zeiss scopes have issues. My guess is that some of these are from shipping damage that was never seen, or lenses that for some reason got swapped, etc. Some of them may be dogs. Things can slip through, and likely there are more subpar samples in the cheaper scopes than in the more expensive ones.
Sometimes these things happen and the person doesn't even know, or they resell what they think is a bad sample. I just got my second reversed lens (long story, Astrojensen fixed my first one and I this one) and the individuals who sold them swore that they were good. They were, after the lens was reversed and the horrible spherical and other aberrations disappeared. If some of those folks had received scopes that were subpar they may have never known.
I know Markus has a colorful past and there have been a lot of reports about him. From a personal standpoint as a customer, however, I will say that I have purchased MANY items from him, and each one has been just as he described it. I have gotten one of a kind items that I would never have gotten anywhere else. He has also made products that no one else had the guts to do first, like the 152ED and the large binos he is now making.
Before we crucify people, I suggest we listen to the other folks in the thread who are urging restraint. Let Markus rectify the situation. There are few enough astronomy sales that we can't afford to bash every vendor who is left over a bad sample. Why is it that Tak or AP will get a pass when something happens and APM doesn't? Markus knows that Astrojensen is a superb observer who knows good optics. I think he will send a good sample, then it is up to the postal system.
Edited by Derek Wong, 12 November 2019 - 09:15 PM.