PLEASE READ DESCRIPTION: I only bought this to see what a cheaper telescope had to offer as I get people that want to spend very little money when starting out in the hobby. I was going to throw the scope out when done with this review but am thinking of donating it to a group or to a youngster starting out.
The video I believe speaks for itself. The mount is pretty much useless when it comes to ease of use. What else can I say? I was pleasantly surprised with the telescope though. Not bad for the price. Use your own judgment as to what is acceptable and make sure you know what the return policy is for any telescope you choose to purchase online.
I think that a refractor is best for a youngster as they don’t have to worry about making any adjustments to the optics as would be required in a reflector or catadioptric telescope.
IMPORTANT – this telescope was bought and paid for by myself. It was not donated by Meade or any third party seller so I am not indebted to anyone. This review is just my own personal opinion.