Celestron Ultima 12.5mm

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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.100.83
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.189.129)
Date: 11/20/2002 04:26:44 pm PDT
I haven't had any paint fleck problems, or any for that matter with Celestron but honestly I don't doubt you for a second. I'm very skeptical of Celestron lately. A rep for bad cust service and too many bad samples out there (I consider myself lucky). I guess the red flag for me went up when I found out that they are owned by Tasco, CHEAP!THey also went through a reselling of the company. Good? Bad? Who knows. I think its more a country of origin thing mostly. If Celestron makes it in Japan its good stuff. China or Korea? Watch out. USA can go either way. I've got a 12.5, 18 and 30mm Ultima and find them incredible in build quality and performance. I think you got unlucky with yours. I guess my point is, go by country of manufacture as a guide to what you can expect in terms of quality. Some exceptions include the Chinese made StarMax Cass-Maksutovs. They're one of the best kept secrets in astronomy today that I know of.

My advice to you: Its probably too late for you to return you Ultima EP. However, if its in mint condition you can purchase a new one(the chance of that one also having paint flecks is VERY unlikely) and then return the old one. SO, you may get stuck with credit. You're and astronomer so you need stuff anyway, plus, its better than having a defective EP. Don't think of it as dishonest. They'll send the paint fleck EP back to Celestron and justice served.

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