Product Review (submitted on June 8, 2009):
Hobbies come and go -- you may or may not be a lifelong stargazer. The cool thing about the Astroscan (I've had mine for about 15 years) is you can leave it in the closet for months (or years) then pull it out one night and use it. No collimation, nothing to adjust -- just open it up and go. Everything is sealed up and "solid state", so there is nothing to break or adjust. The optical quality is good. The telescope is very portable, and its unusual shape actually makes people more apt to look at it -- they can't believe what it will do! When you aren't using it, park it on a table in your living room -- visitors will think it's some kind of art sculpture. I recommend also getting the barlow, an additional eyepiece, and the bag. I could not find a duffle that really fit the unique shape of the telescope -- the ES bag is worth it. Great views of the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Messier objects. I built a wooden tripod/platform for mine, but most often I've used it on a car hood, deck table, picnic table -- it really can be set up just about anywhere, on just about anything.