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Excellent scope for beginners,
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This scope is a great one for beginners. It's fairly easy to set up (if you follow the instructions, which aren't bad at all actually). The scope itself is powerful enough to give excellent clear views of the major planets, but you may be disappointed if you think that Jupiter and Saturn are going to look like beachballs in your viewfinder - they're not, but you will see clear planetary discs and the major zones and belts on Jupiter. The tripod could be a little sturdier - I've noticed a lot of "wobble" in the viewfinder especially at higher magnifications. The eyepieces that are supplied with the scope are just OK and fine for a casual browse around the skies but you *will* need to upgrade them at some stage if you're serious about astronomy. My major criticism would be the red-dot finder, which is pretty much useless, and you'll need to get yourself something better like a Telrad or a Rigel if you're looking to avoid the frustration of not being able to find a darn thing in the sky. Overall though I'm very happy with this scope. It's got enough power to keep a keen beginner happy. Will I want to upgrade to one with a larger aperture at some point? You bet, but for now this does the job nicely.