Ok look at it the other way round.
Why is the Celestron one cheaper ?
I’d say it has something to do with in the USA, Celestron is the main recognised brand (along with TV) while the Skywatcher brand is almost unheard of there, and they want to keep the Celestron brand strong in the US.
Then there’s the little trick of locking you into the Celestron ecosystem via the dovetail, so you buy a Celestron mount, instead of being able to mix & match with non-Synta mounts; knowing most won’t disassemble to replace the dovetail.
At a guess, maybe 10 Celestrons sold for each SW one. Over here it’s the other way round - most of the 180mm maks are SW ones.
Edited by luxo II, Today, 04:02 PM.