I ordered the Ares 5 as my 1st "real" telescope.I chose this as it was rated well & the price was what I could afford at this time.
Never owning a scope before & doing some reading while waiting for it to arrive,I made myself a collimating cap out of a 35mm film canister the morning of the day it arrived.
I found it needed a Very slight adjustment of the primary out of the box.I used it & adjusted the primary in no time,was so easy "a caveman could do it".
It got dark & I took her out to look around as the moon was rising behind some trees.Viewed around the sky just scanning with the 25mm lens provided & had a blast just looking with no particular object in mind.
Moon came up above the trees giving a full view & WOW!! I was stunned!
Not the 1st item on my list to view intentionally but, I enjoyed it so much I switched to the 10mm & regardless of how bright it was,I observed it for a good while using both EP's.
Went back to scanning the sky to give my poor eye a break,& a satellite came into view.I followed it & was not difficult to track manually (I have never owned a scope before tonite!).
Went out back to a darker spot,& just scanned around as before.I got to see/track another satellite!
Got serious trying to observe Albireo as I have heard it is a beautiful double star.
Took me a while(still trying to figure out RDF),but I found it by scanning!
Viewed it with both EP"s & looked great with the 10mm.Even grabbed the wife to show her!She enjoyed...