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'
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
Posted September 9, 2012