"Copyright 2015 Toscanoptics Italy"
And off we go again. The owner has a nice Mercedes and lots of electric guitars on FB but "the LAST time" I looked on google Earth the address was either a disused plant, a grassy lot or apartments depending on what timestamp you were handed from zeus atop mount google....
So despite the really handy option of having a European producer of sct corrector plates after zero replies to the business E- mail I gave up the trail as cold as of approx a year ago.
Now, if anyone HAS found them back in production, that would be FANTASTIC. Please let us all know.
I would not take business addresses in some parts of Italy too literally. Additionally, Google Maps has quite a difficult time with places like Matera, where Toscano Optics is located. The address you seek is down the street from the apartment building retaining wall that comes up on Google Maps. It is a storefront in a different apartment building (both of which are 23, Via Collodi, Matera). This is also the same business address for Real Music. Given the music-centric Facebook posts of the apparent owner of Toscano Optics, I'd argue Real Music and Toscano Optics are using the same address and are possibly owned, at least in part, by the same person. I did reach out to them in Italian about 16 months regarding a 6" SCT and received a nearly immediate reply via email.
Regarding Facebook, the apparent owner of the page has also published photos of newly-produced/sold OTAs and optical blanks as of Nov. 2020. Granted, his latest post, from May of this year, was an homage in Italian to the unparalleled natural beauty, style and class of actress Charlize Theron. As you pointed out, that is not exactly what many would expect from a master optician hard at work producing and selling world-class OTAs. It reminds me of some classic posts from otherwise trusted and adored family members that convinced me to mothball my own Facebook account. Perhaps you can reply to his Charlize Theron post with an homage in English to the unparalleled natural beauty, style, and class of responding to emails about SCT corrector plates and related optics. "Unlike Charlize Theron, I'm actually interested in talking to you."
None of this is to badmouth the business, ongoing concern or not. It is a boutique company in a niche market - something we know pretty well in this endeavor of ours. There are a handful of small, well-regarded (by their few customers) producers of astronomy equipment in Italy, most of which have the saddest of social media presences and tiny internet footprints. A well-branded social media presence wouldn't even be necessary if they were a little more active in maintaining their webpages with updated pricing and product availability. It is as if they depend solely on word of mouth advertising and personal contacts for sales, and part of me suspects this is the actual case.
Edited by gfstallin, 24 June 2021 - 12:43 PM.