Here's a followup to my moon ball post.
The king of the Edmond Scientific Reflectors in 1965 was the 8". Ahhh...who could ever afford such a beauty? Certainly not me and an out of the question extravagance for my financially prudent parents. Setting circles; $18! You had to pay extra. The 6" has a clock drive. Ooh, la, la. I think I wanted the 6" more because of the clock drive. It had a appliance-type, two-prong plug to attach an extension cord.
1965: ES 6" $199.50; Transportation Charges Collect; Shipping weight: 68 lbs. 1965 Avg family Income: $6900
2019: ES 6" $1624.95 inflation adjusted; 2019. Avg family Income: $73,891
1965 ES 8" $389.00; Transportation Charges: Call (that sounds ominous); Shipping weight 200 lbs in three boxes. 1965 Avg family Income: $6900 or 5.63% of average family's yearly income.
2019: ES 8" $3168.45 inflation adjusted. 2019. Avg family Income: $73,891
Per Astronomics website listing: 2019 CELESTRON 8" ADVANCED VX SERIES GO-TO EQUATORIAL NEWTONIAN $1229.00. 2019. Avg family Income: $73,891 or 1.66% of average family's yearly income. An 8" dob would be considerably expensive less but closer in character to the 8" as offered by ES.
Like Lake Wobegon, we know that the entire AA community is above average in everything. We are also living in a golden age. If only we could have the light pollution of 1965!