There must have been a moment when most people had heard of telescopes, but they were only affordable by rich people or ship's captains. When did they first become affordable by the general public?

After a few hours of research, I have not found an answer to this online.

Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ What is meant by "general population" here? Ship's captains were, as you note, not exactly wealthy, $\endgroup$
    – Mary
    Sep 27 '20 at 16:46
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    $\begingroup$ The article How Amateur Telescope Tech Unveils the Night Sky suggests that the first mass-produced telescope available to amateurs was developed in the 1960s as the Schmidt-Cassegrains produced by Celestron. I imagine it was still rather pricey. $\endgroup$
    – nwr
    Sep 27 '20 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ So far there are two answers to a similar queston: astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/39100/… $\endgroup$ Sep 29 '20 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ I remember reading about grinding one's own lens for the refractor when I was a kid (in the '60s), it just needs glass and patience. The old astronomers used aerial telescopes, Hevelius had a very large one in Gdansk. $\endgroup$
    – Pieter
    Mar 9 at 10:19

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