Hello. I'm pretty sensitive to where items I purchase are made. EG All my cars are American, my camera gear all made in Japan or Thailand. I just purchased a Losmandy which is, as I understand it, is made in USA. Now I'm in the market for a good refractor (not TOO good) something like this: Orion EON 115mm ED Triplet. But I know that is made in China. Stellarvue I know makes some of it's scopes here in California.
But I'm wondering who knows which other refractors are made here in the good old USA? Thanks.
You mean the BRAND on your cars is American. There are no 100% American cars. Most American branded models for the last 20 or so years have used very large percentages of non-US made parts, and in many cases, not even "final assembly" happens in the US. Ironically Honda, Toyota and Subaru models assembled in the US often use far more "American made" content than anything bearing an American brand.
It's not easy to actually know where ANY manufactured item is actually made at the materials, components and even sub-assemblies level; Japanese branded cameras are often loaded with Chinese-made components, included optics, no matter where the "made-in" label says.
Not even bespoke TEC or A-P high end US-made refractors or Televue's more broadly available refractors (the latter bearing a little foil "Made in USA" sticker with a three color old glory in the background), are entirely of US made content. The fluorite and/or fancy optical glasses, metals and attachment hardware used, paint, etc., are generally NOT of US origin. In Televue's case the tube assemblies are assembled here, but the materials used to make the tubes likely don't originate here. The optics are made by a company called Lens Pro in Japan out of Japanese and Chinese made components, and then shipped to and installed in the tube assemblies by Televue.
In a global economy as we have had for decades the concept of "made in" is anachronistic to be honest. As often as not when you put too much faith in country of origin marketing, you are being mislead and end up paying more for something that you've been hoodwinked into assuming but is not actually true. I wish there was a "domestic jobs quotient" instead where a manufacture good bears a number calculated using a standard formula to indicate what percentage of the LABOR that went into putting an item on the shelf was domestic, but even that would be misleading with our unions and labor regulations, our workers tend to be more highly compensated than their peers in other places, so you couldn't use cost as your basis. Instead I think it would have to be based on time. How many hours of human labor went into production, and of those hours how many were contributed by domestic labor. But even that would be only a rough proxy. Some workers are more productive per unit of time than others.
As a result I generally ignore jingoist marketing ploys using "made in" themes. My 2013 Ram pickup was "imported from Detroit" per MOPAR's advertising at the time, and on the owner's manual it says "Guts, Glory, RAM!" (yee haw!), but almost all of the metal used in the truck was made in China, the transmission was manufactured by ZF in Germany (thanks Daimler!) though likely out of many non-German components, under US law MOPAR was forced to admit on the sticker that 1/3 of the "content" was "hecho in Mexico", most of the wire and small electronic components used in larger electronic systems are Chinese and those electronc systems themselves assembled in Japan, China or SE Asia, etc. MOPAR's silly, ethnocentric marketing was not a motivating factor in my purchase and in fact might have been a slight detriment in my decision - I don't want people who understand present-day economics to think I was suckered - so with the truck as with all other purchases I bought the truck based solely on price and the degree to which the vehicle had the features I wanted/needed for my intended use (primarily outdoor recreational).
My advice - in telescopes and trucks anyway - ignore country of origin marketing "noise" and buy based on price/features/reliability/long term cost of ownership/value retention. A great way to figure out quickly what to buy is to look at what an item costs new and what it sells for used a couple of years old. The aggregate experience of consumers in the marketplace tends to weed out fanboism and misplaced reliance on fanciful marketing passed off as fact. Items that hold their value well are probably the best values irrespective of branding. And honestly I think companies that deliver the best value deserve my business - "best" knows no borders.