In another post, I talked about my first telescope a Perl Vixen 60mm f15 that I bough new more than 40 years ago (yes forty years), it was on display and I could buy it because a friend of my mother knew the optician who was selling it (he only had one telescope for sale).
The price was something like (the equivalent of) 600 euros, a big sum for a kid.
The optician who sold me this refractor then put a Vixen 80mm on display, I remember looked at it everytime my parents went in the city.
Internet didn't exist (or at least not in this actual form and not for the public), so I had some information on magazines, my dream telescope was a Perl Royal 115mm with a Pier, on the catalogue you could understand it was the best as the number of Titan satellites it could show...
I "saw" the first apo (Vixen Fluorite, Zeiss APQ) on photos, sellers promised 600x with the 4" on the Moon.
Today you can buy a 4" refractor as an entry level (for something like 100 bucks), a 80mm apo for $400, a 150mm (semi)apo for $2000/2500 and with internet you can buy used equipment like my 6" achro for less than $300.
All this in in a little more than 40 years...
So I wonder what the 2060 refractors will look like
There is a physical limit with one human can lift, have in his house, car, etc, this limit is close to 7" or 10" (f ratio, physical condition)
So the 2060 refractors won't be much bigger than the actual ones.
For me the achro will be replaced by semi apo (inexpensive ED FPL5xxxx) even for beginners, machine will polish lenses to a very good precision at a lower price.
Synta may make their telescopes in other countries at lower cost.
What else, what is your view of the 2060 refractor ?
Edited by delorehal, 21 July 2020 - 12:19 AM.