Refractor Telescopes
1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book

Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book CoverI bought a 1969 edition of the Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s Christmas Wish Book on eBay. It was the year I turned 11 years old, and was also the year of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Remembering how I eagerly awaited those pages filled with advertisements for model airplanes, boats, guns, Erector sets, and countless other things, I figured it might be nice to look through one again. Here is the 1969 Montgomery Ward Christmas catalog, too. Enjoy!

Here on page 545 of the Sears 1969 Christmas Wish Book is a selection of three refractor telescope models. I can remember having an el cheapo

(a little Spanish lingo there) telescope as a kid living in Annapolis, Maryland, and being dumb enough to screw the sun filter into the eyepiece to look at the sun during the total solar eclipse of 1970

(12 years old at the time), when the path of totality ran just 50 miles or so south of my home. Telescopes usually don't include solar filters that screw onto the eyepiece anymore for safety reasons.

A 60 mm refractor with a 700 mm focal length refractor from Tasco today costs you about $81. Using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator to see what items cost in today's dollars. That $24.99, 200-power refractor would cost $156.00 in 2012 money.

Refractor Telescopes from the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book - Airplanes and Rockets

Refractor Telescopes from the 1969 Sears Christmas Wish Book



Posted September 9, 2012