With the most of us classic scope lovers, we were starting when the space age was beginning, and telescopes were starting to thrive, and now at our age, classic telescopes come from mainly the 50's through the early 80's. These scopes, built with quality and great optics ( except for the low end kids scopes ) are indeed quality classic scopes that have worked well for us for many years, and if taken care of, are as good as they were when new. Indeed, we love our classic scopes, it is really a shame that the manufacturers of these great scopes opted to move facilities to places that make them cheaper and less quality.
But the newer generation, with being use to every thing done for them by computers and gadgets, would rather have scopes that try to do it all, find the object itself, and everything else that it can do to make it easy going for the user.
I guess if the companies still built the scopes like they use to, that they would not sell as well, what a shame. as good as these scopes were.
So what happens to our classic scopes that we love when we are gone, who will love them.
Will the scopes of today become classics years from now? Scopes that will break down, burn out, and things always breaking.
Just something I think about. Unitrons, Vixens, Caves, Questars, Edmunds, and others in the same class may not have any owners years from now, unless just bought by collectors or maybe some faithful classic lovers, just because their parents loved the scope they have.
I can not see into the future, but there is no way I can see the scopes of today ever being loved by future owners as much as we loved our classics of yesteryear.