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.
Came in brown box with pieces packed in individual plain cardboard. No picture of what it was. Hard for an 11-year old to get excited when there's no telling what it looks like. Very disappointed in the way it was packed. I went out and printed a picture of the telescope and placed it in the box to show what it is. Just hope all the parts are there. No way to tell til Christmas.
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