I appreciate Takahashi's dedication to the amateur community and long standing traditions of making a product that gets out of the way. I also appreciate these reviews and respect those for posting as they see it. Of course everyone(?) here knows these are not claimed to be Takahashi telescopes, but one they are willing to be associated with in what I'd like to believe is a good faith effort to get folks off on the right foot in this hobby.
I think the answer why people think so highly of Takahashi is merit based. Specifically, their designs and optical characteristics provide those answers. However, the nagging of peoples' expression of joy and appreciation for their Taks is too getting old and annoying. There are other brands of telescopes, in particular, where one will get flamed for offering anything but praise. I'm fine with that. It would be interesting to know what incenses people so much with this particular company's following; it seems to be a passion to itself.
Yep, there are a few other companies too that have this cult like, groupie mentality and it doesn’t make sense. It’s like...are these folks on the payroll? Do they get a nice check at Christmas time every year for their support? Is there something else that we’re missing as to why the extreme fervor that occurs over specific brands? I like various brands too and have tried many but these companies aren’t charities. They are businesses and their goal is to make money. How they do that is by making products that satisfy enough users needs for a fair price. That’s it. That’s where it ends. I currently am enjoying my Explore Sci triplet but the minute I decide to upgrade and possibly get something else I won’t feel like I’m cheating on anyone. Ya know?
that being said, I’ll probably buy a TAK at some point here but I won’t treat it like it’s the lost ark or the shroud of Turin. It’s just a telescope. A nice one, yes....but just a telescope.