But if they don’t give you some sort of test results, some sort of confirmed verification or if you don’t have some sort of third party retesting how do you really know what you have ? Do you go strictly by the name of this company, or that company or ........ ? I mean what a way to handle your big $’s and every purchaser of these renowned scopes are in the same way ! Thats sure not the way I would do business not for that kind of $’s, lol !
See my post number 11
Many of the high-end producers have been around for almost 50-years so there are plenty of 3rd party test results, reviews etc. You are right that "new producers" offering high-end telescopes need to do much more than just offer marketing exaggerations they need to offer 3rd part test results, color-crossing and spot diagrams and the glass used, otherwise the consumer is taking " much more" of a gamble.
Although the same can be said for "value producers" as well. 2 to 3k for a refractor with no glass designation with only a diffraction-limited guarantee of optical quality, while it might be much less than the high-end producers would charge, is sill “a lot of money" for many.
Of course, I would not expect the “value producers” to offer anything and most don’t, except for marketing fluff or exaggeration that tries to convince the consumer into thinking they are getting more for their money, when, if the facts were known, the consumer might actually be getting less. Those producers either say as little as possible or what they say is meaningless or what they “leave out” is actually “more important” than what they say.
Buying a telescope is like buying anything else, brand is important, price "can be" an indicator of quality but do your homework and – caveat emptor.
Edited by bobhen, 12 January 2021 - 08:53 AM.