When I started assembling the telescope, I noticed a piece was broken. It was a plastic piece that holds the telescope to the tripod. I went to the hardware store and bought a piece of pvc pipe and fixed it because it wasn't worth sending it back just for that. Plus it was a present for my son who was already disappointed that his new telescope was broken. Other than that the telescope itself is fine. It's a good starter telescope but I'm not sure how long it will last since it has many plastic parts.
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