You aint seen nothing yet.

Forums Telescopes Lockdown Teaser: Is the telescope obsolete? You aint seen nothing yet.

Dr Paul Leyland

At the consumer / beginner level I suspect that the EA telescopes are the future, in the same way that smart phones became the future of the Polaroid Instamatic.

Those who wish to play with the big boys and girls are very likely to have diffraction-limited adaptive optics, automatic plate-solving, DSS charts (or their successors), the Gaia DR4 astrometric and photometric catalogue, and multiple photometric filters with associated analysis data & software built into their scopes as standard.  I suspect that cameras which image in the main near-IR atmospheric windows will also become mainstream at an amateur level.