Product Review (submitted on July 5, 2013):
I originally purchased one of these when my son was about 10 years old. At first I thought "good grief that much for a telescope for my child?" It turned out to be worth every penny. It's durable, has an amazing image quality and most importantly can be set up positioned and operated by a child themselves after a very small amount of training. This telescope worked so well that the Elementary school where I worked purchased four of these for use in our after school astronomy program. Aiming a telescope for a child and then letting them look at what 'you found' gets boring fast. Teaching a child to read a simple star chart and giving them the ability to find objects in the sky for themselves can become the introduction to a life long hobby. You will never regret buying this telescope, but your child may have to fight you to get it out of your hands to use for themselves......on second thought buy two. Seriously!