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three vendors same apparent scope

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What's up? Is there an arbitrage opportunity here? :)

https://www.altairastro.com/Starwave-AS ... cuser.html

599 GBP converts to $748.90

https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/pr ... cuser.html

545.38 EUR converts to $612.65

https://www.landseaskyco.com/altair-asc ... cuser.html

versus $775.

What am I missing?
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
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Re: three vendors same apparent scope

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The Altair version have always been slightly higher than the TS versions of the same telescope.
Possibly a bit more tweaking from Altair? I have never understood why.
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Either that or transportation costs. The UK hasn’t Brexited yet. Of course the buyer needs to consider shipping and other costs.
Scopes: Refs: Orion ST80, SV 80EDA f7, TS 102ED f11 Newts: Z12 f5; Cats: VMC110L, Intes MK66,VMC200L f9.75 EPs: KK Fujiyama Orthoscopics, 2x Vixen NPLs (40-6mm) and BCOs, Baader Mark IV zooms, TV Panoptics, Delos, Plossl 32-8mm. Mixed brand Masuyama/Astroplans Binoculars: Nikon Aculon 10x50, Celestron 15x70, Baader Maxbright. Mounts: Star Seeker III, Vixen Porta II, Celestron CG5, Orion Sirius EQG
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Rebranding of the same production models of telescopes and other items in the astronomy world is exceedingly common. Chinese telescopes are made by a few companies, and these companies will brand the telescopes they make for TS, William Optics, Altair, Orion, and so-on. Differences between one brand of the same telescope with another's may be just what name and logo is silkscreened onto the side of the dew shield. Some might include some extra accessories or different mounting option. Colors may be different. Some might spec reduced or stricter quality controls on what comes off the assembly line. But underneath, they are the same telescope.

This happens with cameras as well. Cameras made by ToupTek are marketed directly by them, as well as Altair and MaillinCam. QHY's cameras used to be rebranded and sold under the CCD-Labs name. Again, here we can find just cosmetic differences, as well as differences in quality control. These aspects inform the prices you see in the end.
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