Summary: I bought this for my girl friend for Christmas. So far, because it's been cold out, I've only used it once, just to look at the moon (in the daytime no less). Seems like a pretty good telescope, except for one thing...the long rods that move the telescope gradually left to right and up/down could not be of poorer quality. They are cheap plastic and somewhat fragile. However, the rest of the telescope seems to be of pretty decent quality, and very affordable.
Summary: This thing is amazing, really a good product. Brings the moon and stars right up to your doorstep. I am really surprize on how clear eveything is. This is one powerful telescope for the size it is. My kids and friends love it also.....
Summary: This is my first telescope. After reading other reviews I expected to buy new eyepieces but was still disappointed with the 4mm one Celestron included. It is practically useless. I have had fun with it and am learning every time I take it out. The RA and Dec adjustment cables both broke within a week and rather than mess with Celestron I repaird them myself. Overall, the scope is good, but Celestron cut corners on the small things which is irritating.
Pros: Bright clear views, easy to polar align, good price
Summary: Bought a second for a gift... Declination worm gear on mount was stripped out and plastic clamps on tripod legs were all cracked (should be made of metal!!!!). Instead of returning and not having a gift ready I decided to give my telescope and deal with Celestron's warranty/support department. BAD IDEAL! You think calling a telescope dealer's Tech/Warranty department they would have a clue about basic telescope mount parts...not!
Summary: Got tired of my 30 year old refractor and for the price took a chance. Easy build...used a communications tower to adjust view finder (View Finder is junk compared to the quality of the tube) in-which I had to put plastic around the V/F to be-able to tighten it down and adjust right. Adjust your V/F using this method or if you bump it, at night, use the moon/distant street light to readjust.