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    Default Re: Celestron vs Meade vs Orion vs Skywatcher

    I'm not so sure Meade (Ningbo Sunny) and Synta optics come from the same source. Synta is a Taiwanese company with a huge manufacturing facility on the Chinese mainland. As far as I know they don't source from Ningbo Sunny or JOC, who are essentially rivals to Synta. Synta did a lot of work for Tom Johnson before he sold Celestron to Tasco (Synta) in 1980. From what I've read Johnson was so impressed with their work he more or less wanted Celestron to be acquired by Synta anyway. Ningbo Sunny have also tried to acquire Celestron in the past. Celestron originally started out making SCT's from what I recall and never originally made refractors. The Celestron name is quite legendary though and Synta naturally utilise the name for marketing purposes. Orion Telescopes & Binoculars don't actually manufacture anything, but they do market special orders of Synta telescopes that are made especially for them. The Sky-Watcher, Orion and Celestron (and maybe more) 90mm Mak's have identical optics, but as far as I know only Orion market a desktop Dobsonian version with a Vixen style dovetail. This is more of a special order than merely a re-badging. I'm pretty sure Synta make some eyepieces but a lot of Celestron, Sky-Watcher, Orion and others source their Plossls and other makes from Barsta who are an OEM who also market under the BST name. I'm pretty convinced the 'Celestron' AstroMaster & Eyeopener eyepiece kits are made by Barsta as they are also marketed under the Omegon name in Germany.

    90mm Orion & 102mm Sky-Watcher Synta Maksutov scopes. Different colour OTA's, different dovetail positions; same OEM.

    Three Synta made Amici prism diagonals and one GSO made Amici diagonal. Four brand names, two OEM's!

    Marketing! lol
    TS Optics: 150mm, f/6 Newtonian (GSO SVD series). Altair: Starwave 102ED-R. Sky-Watcher: SkyMax 102mm, SkyMax 127mm, Evostar 72ED DS Pro, Evostar 80ED DS Pro, ST80 (TS Focuser), ST102 (TS Focuser), EQ5 Deluxe, AZ5 Deluxe. Vixen: Porta II, SXG Hal-130. Orion: 90mm StarMax , ST80 (TS Focuser). Celestron: NexStar Evolution 9.25". William Optics: E-BINO-P Binoviewer. A shed load of eyepieces including: Antares, Astro Hutech, Baader, Bresser, BST, Bushnell, Celestron, Explore Scientific, GSO, Kokusai, Meade, Orion, Sky-Watcher, Solomark, SvBony, TeleVue, Vixen & one or two I'm not sure of.

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