This telescope made a great hit at the Christmas party when I gave it to my daughters BF. He was overjoyed, wanting a telescope for quite a while. The scope has excellent resolution and you can see billions and billions of stars.
i haven't aligned the finderscope but i got to see the moon and jupiter and i just randomly spun it around to see if i could see anything and a saw well, i dont know what but it was really cool so i say that you should buy this telescope, it is really great. I should say that it is not about magnification its about light gathering, the more light gathering the fainter the object you can see so if you have more light gathering you can use more magnification and this telescope has a lot of light gathering.
This is my second Newtonian reflector telescope over 45 years, so I have experience owning one. I have used many others over the years too. The packaging was immaculate, the instructions were refreshingly accurate and plenty of color photos. I can't remember the last time I have read instructions this clear. The Quick Guide is all you need to assemble the telescope and tripod. However, the complete instruction book is comprehensive and will teach the new astronomy hobbyist quite a bit. I was given this as a gift by my wife and son; I am absolutely thrilled with it. I look forward to many years use. I definitely recommend it as a great astronomy tool.
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