If you want to sell telescopes.......the "less fortunate" can afford Dobsonians. (best bang for the buck) However, can they afford the EP's to go with it? John made scopes cheap, and his buddy Al made EP's expensive. I can almost guarantee John D. owns plenty of TV stock. There are no heroes. Though sometimes businessmen make everyone happy
Rather than criticize others who I don't know, I choose to ask myself what contribution am I personally making. Always a better bet, in my experience.
From all I've read about John Dobson, it's clear money was not important to him. People were. The heavens were. Teaching people to build large telescopes from scratch and on a small budget was important to him. His goal was to make observing possible for as many people as possible. He lived a simple, unassuming life and died in 2014 at the age of 98. His was the wisdom of a man who knows that a pile of money wouldn't make him or anyone else happy. He was a pioneer, and genuine pioneers are motivated by an idea, not by cash flow.
There are indeed heroes. I've been fortunate enough to know a few of them. One of those was a good friend of mine who made several substantial discoveries as an amateur astronomer. One of the most wonderful human beings I've known. I knew him well enough to know that money played absolutely no part in his motivation. And it so happens he knew John Dobson.
Edited by stevie44, 20 May 2018 - 01:37 PM.