I've been in the market for a telescope for 20 years - seriously. Every year I say I'm going to get one, then never do. So this year I bit the bullet and bought this telescope. So let me give some context and basic advice.I had done my homework and I knew the limits of what this telescope could do. If you think you're going to get close-up views of the rings of Saturn like a Voyager spacecraft flyby, then you have not done your homework. I knew I wanted something entry-level, and I also knew that I wanted something that was easily transportable (which this is IMO). I also went into this knowing I'm probably going to be spending more money as I learn more. And I already knew (because I did my homework) that this scope was not perfect by any stretch. But at some point you take a chance (don't wait 20 years like I did LOL). If you're waiting for perfect I have news - there is no perfect.For me, 90% of the fun of this is finding the things I want to look at. If it is not your goal to learn about the night sky and all you want is to see are objects in the night sky, then look at pictures on the internet. You have to take your time. It requires patience. So if you're buying this for someone who is highly fidgety and just wants continuous high-stimulus input, then save your money.People have commented on the lack of instructions on how to use this. In principle I agree that they might include something to help the user understand the basics of how to use the telescope. However, I would also contend that if you bought this telescope without understanding how to use it, then you didn't do enough homework to understand telescopes before your purchase. I did not miss having instructions. There are plenty of youtube videos etc. Note that this implies only for instructions for use - this DOES include instructions for assembly.Now the consThis has a 45 degree bend on the viewing thingy at the back. As some reviewers commented, this makes it very uncomfortable to look at anything when the telescope is tilted up at a sharp angle. I've spent about $30 to buy a 90 degree bend. Now I can use either one. Not a biggie as far as I'm concerned. But I think this will really bother people who want something they can use right out of the box.The stand is not designed to make very fine adjustments like some stands. I knew this when I bought the telescope so I don't consider this as a negative for my star rating. To be clear, the stand works fine, it just may be a little frustrating, especially at higher magnifications. Again, have you done your homework? Do you know the different options? And how much do you want to spend?The lenses for this scope are not the greatest. Like the stand, I knew this when I bought it. But they work. So I don't hold this against the scope in my star rating. However, after having tried the provided lenses, I've decided to invest in some very high quality lenses because I know I'm going to get good use out of them. I know what I want and I know what I'm getting. Why? Because I did my homework.The finder scope on the side seems to move - I seem to need to calibrate it every time I use it. But I'm still looking at this. There was a rubber ring included with the finder scope and no mention of it in the instructions. I assume it's to stabilize the finder scope, so I put that on the finder scope and it helps, but still it seems to be somewhat finicky. This could be something I'm doing however.I'm also looking into options for a carrying case, especially keeping all the lenses safe. The lenses for this come in individual plastic containers. Not the best way to organize these, and since I'm buying more lenses I need something that is easier to use.