The other thread in this forum about the difference between Televue eyepieces and other brands was the inspiration behind starting this topic. Without diminishing the contribution of other companies and developers, Televue's world leading role in eyepiece innovation for the past 40 years is undeniable. The general pattern for 40 years, with some exceptions, has been Televue innovates and then other companies play catch up to stay relevant. The topic of this conversation is how would the amateur astronomy world look today if Al Nagler never started his company? Some possible thoughts to explore may include:
Do you believe Meade would have still eventually gone on to producing a well corrected ultra-wide field series of eyepieces, similar to their 1980's Series 4000 UWA eyepieces (but likely in a different design), if Televue had never come out with the Nagler eyepiece?
Would companies till this day be pushing mainly Plossls, Orthos and Erfles on us if Televue had never been on scene?
In the absence of Televue what other company/companies would have assumed the lead position of eyepiece innovator and what direction would they have pushed eyepiece innovation towards?
How would amateur telescopes developed without Televue?
My belief is Televue's drive in research & development of well corrected wide-field eyepieces has been crucial to where we are today in visual/optical amateur astronomy. My estimation is we would be about 20 years behind in eyepiece innovation from where we are today without Televue.
What are your thoughts?
Edited by JoeBlow, 06 September 2019 - 11:43 PM.