I was torn between a reflector and a refractor, but finally went with the refractor because I didn't want to deal with the temperature issues reflectors have. WOW am I glad I got this scope! I can see for myself how freaky planet Saturn looks. It's tiny, but I can absolutely make out it's weird ring (although I can't see the so-called "Cassini division"). Jupiter is currently too close to the sun to see, but I hope to get a good look at it towards the end of the year. Assembly instructions are pretty terrible (get a magnifying glass) and don't explain how to attach the Barlow, which I haven't yet successfully used.
This kit is well thought out and worth the price. However, if you are serious about microscopes, know that this is more of a toy for a 5 year old, and that's it.
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