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
Posted September 9, 2012