Had some problems with the mount not having been connected/completed properly before shipping but eventually able to re-attach pieces with a few extra hands to help. Celestron service is still sending me a new mount at no charge. The mount itself is not engineered the best but the telescope works just fine.
Great for a beginner but hard to put together as a beginner. The knobs/parts were not very well identified and we had to do a lot of YouTube videos to see what they were. Outside of that, we need to do more testing on how it actually works but it seems that it will do everything we were interested in getting started. If I can come back to update my review, I will.
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.
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