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Am I impressed with this little piece of equipment! The only thing important is that you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS carefully, you don't want to damage assembly. This is a very important. Once assembled the telescope is a breeze to operate and the only thing in your way is the right coordinates and a clear sky. The main downside to the telescope is that you cannot look thru the eye piece when doing adjustments but that is not really a big problem. The moon looks spectacular, other astronomical objects are more fun than the moon tho :-) Another drawback, if you can call it that is that: you will _want_ to spend a lot on the cool accessories to improve the features and better views, and other cool things like clock drive. All in all this is a great telescope, and if you don't like what is in the heavens it makes for a cool long distance scope :P .. I would recon it can provide many miles of visibility around you assuming you are high enough and have a clear line of sight.