Thanks very much Nave, Starman, Darrell, Saemark and Tim!!!!
And Starman, the thought about the $10K scopes has occurred to me from time to time too. The first time was after somebody in the Astronomy society I used to belong to convinced me to bring a club loaner RV-6 to Chiefland, it dewed up as it was one of the worst dew nights (although it never dews up in my driveway! I once looked through a TEC 200 refractor, talk about an expensive scope, at Chiefland that had terrible views because of a dew zapper, my scope is much less susceptible to dew with the optics so deep in) but the first views through that loaner scope were wonderful and convinced me that optically that particular RV-6 was really nice; I wondered if all of them were like that.
Eventually I found somebody in Central FL selling one in really nice condition, and I think of all the purchases I've made over the years, that one was the best (even though I'm sure I paid more for it than some here would pay for it); I use it much more than the RV-8 (and a couple dozen others), it cools down very fast, is fairly portable, has an amazingly light OTA that you can hold in one hand, and if I had to sell all of them but one, and I'm sure this might sound strange to some, the RV-6 is the one I'd keep (I've already given away more expensive scopes!)
Indeed, I sometimes imagine/hope a new company (and probably also a new optics company) would start up that would put together that kind of newtonian OTA (amazingly light and fast cooling OTA, long focal length planet-killer with great mirror (with admittedly a better focuser being needed), and yes, even a clock drive with clutch (really what's better than that? I've got a bunch of GOTO scopes that are JUNK, and what a pain in the rear to set those up, not to mention if you bump one, uuuuuhhhhhh!) I'd hope a scope like a new RV could make it's own niche so others could know the astro-happiness I currently enjoy in my driveway at such a reasonable price (but I seriously doubt that a scope with the same characteristics could be made at anywhere near the current market value of an RV, but maybe adjusted for inflation, which would perhaps be ~$846, adjusted from 1978 price of $249 for the RV-6? And even at that price they couldn't compete with Meade, but at least it'd be a lot cheaper than some of those high end refractors, and the RV's are truly 'false color' free (you can add your own color if you like with barlows and EP's though
Regards, Jason W. Higley