It always amazes me when people talk about how expensive telescopes can be and only a very few wealthy amateurs can afford them. I then drive over to my son's house in a very middle class neighborhood and see a number of $30,000-60,000 boats on expensive trailers with 45 HP outboard motors and a monster pickup truck needed to pull it. My daughter's boyfriend wants to get into chartering salt water fly-fishing and needs a $40,000 flats boat plus at least a 25 hp motor and trailer. I could go on and on. I won't even get into the sailboats I see in the harbor here. Astronomy is a NOT a very expensive hobby by comparison. You do NOT have to be wealthy to own a 10" refractor. It just depends where your priorities are. Bass boat, motor, trailer and pickup truck that you need a stepladder to get into the driver's seat or a 10" refractor? Most of the bass boat owners I see would not be characterized as wealthy. The difference in my opinion is that the bass enthusiast will have another excuse to own the pickup, and will get a loan if needed to buy what he wants, whereas the amateur astronomer will not.
Great TEC 10"! I hope many will consider owning, what for many is, the dream telescope of a lifetime.
I would argue that for a middle class family bringing in let's say $120,000, a $50,000 scope + the mount to carry it and an observatory to put it in, total $75,000, is an extravagance. Most people who have boats already have a vehicle to tow it, and a boat is more of a family item. In my previous family of 4, I was the only one interested in Astronomy.
Of course if I hit the lottery, naw, I still wouldn't buy a 10" Fluorite refractor. Maybe an 8", something I could lift on a mount myself.
So it's a matter of priorities.