I bought this telescope as a gift for my child's 6th birthday. Well worth it. Was able to use it for the first time to view the moon and what an amazing view - the detals of the crators, etc could be seen very well with this telescope. Still need to view other planets in our solar system. I think this telescope has all the right feature set as beginner's telescope. It is light enough to move around easily and the motorized controls are great. Have been using it with batteries so far and it works great. Family was so excited to finally see the telescope in action!