Excerpt: I am neutral because I haven't tried that brand before.. but I bought similar aperature telescope .. I find lens to be dirty so I had to buy spanner tool to take all lens apart for cleaning. They do not exactly put them together with gloves, if you must wonder.. They are made in China, so go figure!
Excerpt: First I going to say that B&H customer support was great and helpful. Every time I called they were courteous, understanding, and quick to respond. The problem is that I had to call too many times because of Celestron factory problems. I never got a chance to attach the optical tube to the mount.
Excerpt: Don't hesitate at all. For those bucks it is really a steal. Telescope and mount quality highly exceeds what you one could expect for this price. The telescope is a beauty and I can't really see a lot of difference between this telescope and my 127mm APO. CA is literally none existing.
Excerpt: I needed a scope that I could move in and out of my apartment easily, this fits the bill. Have only used it for some lunar viewing so far, but it provided amazingly clear views. Very easy to setup and a decent size to move around without worry.
Excerpt: I purchased this mount and scope to be my grab and go unit and it sure has lived up to my expectations. It is a very stable, lightweight, portable mount that packs and sets up quickly. The optics in the 102mm refractor are excellent for the price you are paying for it.