"No, I don't think so. I would be the last to sell a Chinese made apo. It's not that I worry about quality or anything like that, but I have an obligation to my community to try to bring commerce and jobs here instead of exporting them to some other place. If Chinese apos become popular, I'll make something else. We have lots of ideas that no-one has tried yet.
Where are the American companies that make affordable achromat refractors with 80mm = D = 120mm & 600mm = FL = 900mm (6 = FR = 9)? I looked and found just one: Stellarvue. Actually, they make their refractors using foreign lens and maybe other components. And their refractors are much more expensive than Orion or Celestron achros.
As for the 93mm replacement cell or refractor, I have to tell you that - assuming that it comes in and is of good quality, I find it too be all too easy a decision to get it vs spending 2 grand on a TAK 90 or TV85 or waiting for AP to decide when if ever they will make new Stowaways or wait for who knows how many years to be able to buy a Traveler for about $3500.
Matthews, NC, USA
"I hear you're mechanically inclined. Did you ever do anything with perpetual motion?"
"Yeah, I nearly had it a couple of times."