Pretend you could go back to 1966, and you were 16 years old, and were given $300 to spend as you like on a telescope, what would you buy. I would have to say I would buy the 3 inch unitron on the altaz mount. The 76mm Sears would also be a good choice, but I do not prefer equatorial mounts, like the easy to use altaz ones much better. Being only 16 years old, I would probably stay out all night, night after night, with a scope like that in my hands.
In 1966, I actually was 16 years old, well for at least for the month of January I was. In 1962, I wanted to get a 7TE; however, there was no way for me to save up enough money to get a 7TE; consequently, I purchased a less expensive 9TE. By 1966, at the same store I still admired the 7TE type telescopes, except by then it was upgraded to the 7TE-5. Now I had the money to purchase the 7TE-5 but in my mind I thought the difference between the 7TE and the 7TE-5 wasn't great enough to justify the great increase in the price of the 1966 7TE-5 from what the 7TE could be purchased for just four years earlier. I actually was given $300 in 1966 but didn't buy a telescope, I use the money for flying lessons instead.
Edited by jsiska, 08 January 2021 - 04:20 PM.