When I first bought a telescope a few years ago, I found a fine one for $200, then when I got back into using telescopes again in the last month, I was amazed to see forum threads on the internet suggesting I spend $500 on a modern telescope, however i know that inflation has increased the price of everything, but it amazes me to see the disparities.
I suppose some hobbies evolve considerably as the technology involved evolves on its own.
This actually happened with rock n roll performance equipment over the last 40 years; Nowadays you can sync up all of your instruments in a live performance so they’re all playing on the exact same beat. The types of synthesizers that you can purchase under $1,000 in today’s world make the same style pale in comparison various decades ago. I know that heating and cooling technology has evolved considerably as well, when I was a kid, if you wanted an a/c for a small space and did not want to buy a central Heating & Air Conditioning system, the choices were fairly limited at the time, my parents had a window a/c in our home when I was growing up. Nowadays you can buy ductless mini split a/cs for the same size spaces that are effective and efficient, but they cost as much as 10 times or more money as a similarly performing window a/c with the same BTUs. When you look at the price differences like that, it’s difficult to justify spending the money on the ductless mini split.