This product can provide hours of sky scanning enjoyment. But be aware that any good telescope requires practice. You can find the moon and be awed by its landscape straight out of the box; but beyond that this scope is best enjoyed after investing the time to master its operation.
Physical set up is relatively easy. The assembled unit is light and easy to move about. But careful reading of the manual, and watching the accompanying DVD, will reveal that this is only the start. Like all intricate instruments, much more adjustment is required than the advertising indicates. None of this is "rocket science;" it just take time and some care. Meade also maintains an excellent web site and forum with many active scope users happy to offer suggestions and help.
The mount and tripod offer vibration-free viewing. The motor is good but Meade also offers an improved 2114 model with an upgraded finder system (model# 20125), mount and motor. It is worth purchasing the upgrade for even better performance because the original 2114’s motor will not keep an object exactly centered in the eyepiece. This means continuous, if minor, adjustments; especially when using the higher powered 9.6 mm eyepiece.
The two Super Plossl lenses that come with the scope are more than enough to get you started. They offer bright viewing, excellent contrast, show no chromatic problems and are easy on the eye for extended viewing. The mirror provides a bright image. Of c...