Summary: This is the largest refractor that can be bought at a reasonable price, and Wal-Mart has really made this the best value in the marketplace. Here's why-the supplied eyepieces (EP's) are Series 4000 Super Plossl 9.7mm & 26mm, each valued on 'sale' at $40.00 + shipping! That alone, changes the playing field vs. all other resellers, as everyone else is offering MA9mm & MA25mm EP's ($9.00 all day long!).
Summary: I was hesitant to buy a "department store" telescope that we are so often warned about - not sure what I would be getting. After 2 weeks and approximately 15 hours observing, I can definitely recommend this telescope for someone getting started in astronomy. Specific comments: -Very clear optics; Saturn (currently up most of the night in the south) is crystal clear even in the low power eyepiece (36X); in the higher power eyepiece (100X) it looks just like you imagined...
Summary: I love this telescope but when i first recieved it in the mail it was broken i was very upset. I called Meade and they shipped me a new one right away after i paid shipping to return the broken one. If you are a first time user this is perfect dont settle for a cheap one you can really see the moon in all its glory and the stars. Great product!!
Summary: Good telescope for beginners, although tripod and mount are a little light weight. Any movement on the controls causes considerable jitter. Next time I'll spend a little extra and buy one with tracking capabilities, it is surprising has fast the earth rotates causing you to continuously adjust the controls and jitters. Great moon views, kids love it.
Summary: My family love this telescope. The day we receive, we were able to explore moon. I saw just picture of it but now I can see how actually moon looks in detail. I hope my pleasant journey will continue for other planets... Good: - Price (around 150) - Easy setup (in 30 minutes) - Great view - practically zero learning curve - Stable tripod Bad:) - Cheap plastic material for few peaces