on 9 March 2013
The scope is a neat instrument, simply designed, and like binoculars, is the instrument for anyone who doesn't want to get too involved with the mechanics and science of telescopes. Its light, and easy to use - definitely the instrument you would turn to to look at the moon and for basic celestial viewing. Its good on the ground too - I can read a car number plate at a kilometre, and unlike normal telescopes, the image is the right way round, and the right way up.The zoom helps to aim it, as does the straight through viewing line.
It produces a bright sharp image at 20x , and even at 60x the image, which in theory, would be less bright, is not significantly so. The table-top tripod is sturdy enough, but who has a table handy where you need to use the scope? A solid photographic tripod will make a world of difference.