Summary: For the price this is a quality instrument and it just looks sharp. I looked at dozens of scopes with this aperture size and none met my needs like this one. This is my second telescope (my first a Meade 70 go-to refractor)so I was not ready to go big cash-wise, so price was a major factor, picked this one up for just under $200.00 U.S.(on sale & coupon code)so I'm very pleased with that.
Summary: This telescope has got to be one of the best buys under 200. It is very easy to set up but the real bonus is the extensive kit list! A tracking equatorial mount and an electric focuser for this sort of cash is unheard of. The eyepieces are also plossls rather than the usual Kellner or (worse still) Huygens ones. It also comes with a set of useful carry cases. Optical quality of the 130mm mirror is very good at this price point.
Pros: Electric Focuser, Solid Tracking from Motor Drive
Cons: Not much wrong at this kind of money. Instructions could be better.
Summary: Seriously, for the Price Range, this is a great telescope for amateur astronomers. The size of the aperture is the key to this telescope, as the larger diameter allows for more light-gathering power for better optical quality, and the 1000mm focal length allows for more magnification than you will find in many telescope with this price range. The compact size of the tube also allows for relative ease of transport, and the overall unit is about less than 40 lbs to carry.
Pros: Optical Quality, Magnification, Ease of Transport
Summary: I still have questions about assembly and usage, not good for a novice. e.g.I don't know how to use the tracking motor. Decent overall quality except one axis is loose and will not tighten. The optic quality is what is expected for the money, I guess. This unit is not for a serious amateur. I should have spent more money.