I had an interesting conversation with a friend concerning Classic telescope build quality regardless of country of manufacture and how it relates to use of a particular kit as it is handed down from family member to family member. Optical quality not a part of that equation as there are some very inexpensive telescopes with simply excellent optics. I have a few in my experience that fit the definition of multi-generational to me. These would be any of the Questars, any of the Zeiss, any of the Nippon Kogakus from 50's and 60's. Any of the Gotos except for the earliest Lira, Diana, 1" scopes, and Unitron, although maybe that takes a ding for optical quality. Clark does fit the definition as I know people that observe regularly with them and they have already been through many owners. They all combine superb build quality with excellent optics and you'd love for a son or daughter to get enthused about astronomy and hope to have that scope passed on to them. When Japan ramped up production in the 50's, targeting the American Christmas Tree, telescopes flooded the US. Which of these if any and of course any other American scopes or French and German scopes would you consider fitting the multi-generation definition such that you love a son or daughter or other family member to be excited about having you pass it along to them?
Haven't said it previously, but hope you all have a wonderful 2021 despite the challenges we're all facing daily no matter where you live.
Edited by Stew44, 08 January 2021 - 07:41 PM.