I purchased as a second telescope. It's my Grab-and-Go, though it would make a perfect starter scope too. The tripod is light, which is great for carrying but not so great for viewing. I hang a plastic jug filled with water using a small bungee cord under the accessory tray. This extra weight REALLY helps to steady the mount.
Pros: Easy to use, good optics
Cons: light weight tripod
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