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?
Don’t underestimate the powerful pull of nostalgia. People are getting high dollars for toys that were popular in the eighties. It doesn’t matter in what decade one gets a first telescope, that scope “will always” be a first telescope, with a certain “classic” nostalgic pull.
Many telescopes made today that will become future classics are better than those that came before. The apo refractor and glass revolution is just one such example.
Some future classics might be…
Certain Takahashi refractors
Certain TV refractors
High-end Dobsonians like Obsession and others
The future Quester Five when released will be an instant classic
I’m sure there are more.
However, IMO the more urgent issue is, in the future, will there be a thriving amateur astronomy community at all or anything close to what there is right now. There are forces (climate, demographics, light pollution, anti-science populism, tech and media diversions, etc.) working against that possibility.
What telescopes today that become classics and what classic telescopes are used in the future is not as important a question as “if” telescopes will be used in the future. And if so, will they be used to anywhere near the extent that they are today. I certainly hope so.