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    Default Too many Plossls on the market



    The astro market is awash in cheap Plossls and various "widefield"
    hybrids.
    They all have different names, different bodies but I can't help
    wondering
    if most don't come from 3-4 companies in China and are simply
    re-badged by
    each distributor? This isn't new; Premium and standard orthos were
    re-badged
    back in the 1960s by companies like Cave, Starliner, then Meade.
    Vixens were badged Celestron in the 1980s. I figure if we knew which
    companies
    were supplying them, it would make most sense to simply buy from the
    distribution company charging the least money.
    -Rich

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    Default Too many Plossls on the market

    >re badged Celestron in the 1980s. I figure if we knew which

    In some cases this is possible. The Orion Expanse/Synta Ultrawidefields are a
    known quantity and as far as I know the best price is $39 shipped from
    www.scopestuff.com

    jon

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    Default Too many Plossls on the market


    "Jon Isaacs" <jonisaacs@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:20040114184330.12268.00000042@mb-m07.aol.com...
    are a

    Don't forget Antares of Japan. They make good quality, medium priced EP's.



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    Default Too many Plossls on the market




    In this case, they seem to replace the barrels of the Synta eyepieces and sell
    em for $10 more. $49 at www.scopestuff.com

    jon



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    Default Too many Plossls on the market

    Antares is in Canada, not Japan. The W70 series has the same
    optical specs as the Ultrawide 66's, but nicer aluminum barrel
    with a rubber grip ring, and they come with nice top and bottom
    caps.

    Jim


    On 15 Jan 2004 11:50:51 GMT, jonisaacs@aol.com (Jon Isaacs) wrote:


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    "Jim Henson" <jimh@bga.com> wrote in message
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    What? Antares is made in Japan, not Canada and Antares has nothing to do
    with Synta.



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    >What? Antares is made in Japan, not Canada and Antares has nothing to do

    I suggest paying attention to what Jim has to say about Antares and Synta. He
    sells those Antares Widefields as well as the Synta's and at a darn good price
    too.

    www.scopestuff.com

    jon

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    Default Too many Plossls on the market

    There may be a Japanese "Antares", but we sell a good number
    of Antares products, and I talk with them almost daily in Vancouver,
    BC, Canada. Also, they do have something to do with Synta.

    Jim



    On Thu, 15 Jan 2004 22:23:45 GMT, "Michael" <MA@telus.com> wrote:



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    Default Too many Plossls on the market

    On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 16:43:27 GMT, Jim Henson <jimh@bga.com> stepped up
    to the plate and batted:


    Antares is a marque name for sky instruments in Vancouver. They also
    distribute products under the Omcon, Speers-Waler and Sky watcher
    lines.

    They are a bit like Orion, importing Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese
    goods rebranded under their product line names.

    The Speers-Waler is a bit different in the sense that it is designed
    in canada by Glen Speers (the owner of sky instruments) but
    manufactured in Japan.

    G../0

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    Default Too many Plossls on the market

    One distinction though, Antares fabricates and assembles a good
    number of their products there in Canada, so it's not just rebranded
    import items.

    Jim


    On Fri, 16 Jan 2004 11:52:22 -0500, guid0 <priest@gunga.din> wrote:



 

 
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