GScope envy is a real issue. I do think some focus more on the mine vs. yours conflict than the actual use of whatever they have. Especially true for the refractor group as noted by Nippon and GSBass in the above post.
I got into some heated topics in the past about scopes and brands and whatnot in the past, but I now avoid those really toxic discussions. They seem to go on and on with no answers because there aren’t answers when it comes to opinion.
I’m very happy with the scopes and accessories I have. They aren’t the upper echelon names, but they perform very well for me. I’ve never had the means to buy a premium name so I make do with what I have.
To answer the question of the OP. No, my opinion is that there is no observable difference in those levels of quality, even if accurate. Just my opinion.
Added: I must say, though, it is annoying when someone gives an opinion and mentions specific brands, especially if the lesser brand is one I happen to own.
Someone compared a Baader Morpheus eyepiece to a like focal length Paradigm eyepiece, the latter making up most of my collection. The Paradigm/Agena EDs are very good eyepieces. Many users feel so. The Morpheus may be better, I don’t really know.
But often, the way things are worded, I believe the difference is exaggerated in the comparison. Just like with scopes. Some of the statements make the owners of the lesser product feel like they have a piece of junk compared to the better one. It’s like, Oh! What use is the item I have...
So if I get into a comparison discussion, which I try not to, I tend to highlight the good points of the item or brand I am praising rather than trashing the other kind. Just the way I choose to approach things.
Plus, with things such as an eyepiece, the scope it’s used in makes a big difference in the perceived performance.
Edited by Joe1950, 04 May 2021 - 05:29 PM.