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30 yrs 0f Amateur Equipment

Late 1960's

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While for years, Celestron, Questar and others had been available, their price put them out of the range of most amateurs; they often targeted institutions, while the rest of us dreamed. But as the 60's came to an end, the choices offered to the amateur began to change. Accompanying the beloved Unitron refractor, which had been around for years, were new 2.4" imports and basic reflectors like the Criterion RV-6 being offered at somewhat more reasonable prices.

Questar 3.5" f/14 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Celestron 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain (SCT)
Tinsley 12" Cassegrain
Star-liner 8" Newtonian Reflector
The Optical Craftsman 8" Newtonian Reflector
Optica 6" Newtonian Reflector
Cave Astrola 6" & 8" Newtonian Reflectors
Criterion Dynascope RV-6 6" Newtonian Reflector
Unitron 2.4" & 3" refractors
Goto 4" refractor
Tasco 2.4" imported refractor

References used:
Sky & Telescope magazine - Sky Publishing Corporation
Astronomy magazine - Kalmbach Publishing Co.

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