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Almost utterly useless
on 20 October 2012
let's be honest. Nobody has ever really used this piece of kit for a long time.
The 32mm Ploessl is brilliant and gives you a nice FOV. The moon filter I do still use. The 17mm used to be useful until I bought another 35£ 8mm eyepiece which just outdoes it on every level.
The colour filters aren't interference filters and therefore unsuitable for amateur astrophotography and the barlow is of such minor quality...
I recommend investing your money in better things. Get online onto an astronomy forum (eg. stargazerslounge.com) and speak to people who actually use these things on a frequent basis. Long threads have been written on which eyepieces to buy and I wish I would have known that earlier.
Buy yourself three eye pieces - one above 30mm, one around 15mm and one around 8mm. Don't buy any smaller ones, because if you look on amazon for astro equipment, you are a beginner (isn't it?) and your scope won't be able to give you clear pictures at greater magnifications!!!
Buy a moon filter indeed (it's so very bright to look at otherwise).
The case is sturdy, and I really like it, but you could buy these from Maplin's in various sizes.
In my case now I keep my 8mm EP, a 2x Barlow, a 3x Barlow, a webcam, a wireless joypad, a USB hub, a cable to connect mount to computer, another cable and a small level.
Hope this helps!
Really, don't go out buying things if you haven't talked to anyone.
I dare you to join stargazerslounge.com!