Electrical Engineering/Portable telescope manufacturing business startup.
Dear Prof Cleggsan
Can portable telescope manufacturing business be a good Business startup co?.
This is a very complicated question due to there being such a wide range of products and end users.
In the above link you will find some good information about the prices, categories of users and actual products.
Basically there are two broad categories of users: A. Terrestrial viewers and B. Star gazers.
Among each category there are many classes of users. Terrestrial users are hunters, campers, outdoor travelers, naturalists, hobbyists, etc. Among star gazers are astronomers, students, amateur astronomers, hobbyists, etc.
A prospective entrepreneur may want to obtain market research reports such as this one:
The range of products in the portable category is staggering as are prices and accessories.
Thus the question of being a good business or not is greatly dependent upon the market segment aimed at and the level of user appeal to be targeted.
The more full investigation of this question would require much more effort than can be put forth in this question/allexperts environment.
From a technological point of view it is also a complicated question because the basic fixed units built around only optics are not too sophisticated in design and manufacture. But much new technology is being employed in units with electronic tracking and photo optics which is rapidly emerging in new product entries now coming forth.