I bought this scope because it was under $60 and I wanted something that I could customize and experiment with for imaging. I was pleasantly surprised!On the bad side, the diagonal was not good. It produced a double image. I didn't care since I wouldn't be using it anyway. The finder was also not great. It worked, but was somewhat tricky to align. Again, I wasn't planning on using it so I didn't care.Now for the good: The 70mm objective lens is surprisingly good for a ""beginner"" scope. It's actually a decent piece of glass. The rack And pinion focuser is just fine. With a little tension adjustment it worked better than I was expecting. The tripod was also better than I was expecting. I'm not using it, but it is a functional tabletop tripod and I'll find a use for it. The oculars were also better than expected and are going into my collection. The carrying case is great and I'm using it to hold accessories for my other scopes.Now for the really good: The objective lens, optical tube assembly and focuser are excellent for the price. The focus tube is long enough for use with any CCD or CMOS camera. I mounted mine on a fluid pan-head mount, swapped out the finder, and am using it with a Celestron NexImage 5 camera for taking pics of the moon. The 400mm focal length combined with a 7mm CMOS chip provides the perfect field of view for lunar imaging. Put a decent 45-degree correcting diagonal on it and it makes an excellent spotter for birds, etc.. I'm using it for an ultra-light wide-field grab and go imager. I used it last night to grab some shots of the November full moon and it worked great! If you are a tinkerer like me, for 60 bucks you can't go wrong. If you are willing to spend a few extra bucks on a decent diagonal it can make an excellent spotting scope for under $100!