Clean n crisp images for inter solar planets on a clear night, and great for a startup kit.
The optics are very good. The long 900mm focal length with a 70mm objective lens - you are not going to be bothered with CA, no color fringing to interfere with images. The eyepieces are fair, the low power 45x is ok and the 90* diagonal is ok. BUT - to get the best views I use an Astro Tech 1.25" 99% Reflectivity dielectric mirror diagonal. And some higher quality eyepieces. Then you can really see how good this scope will perform! This one is a keeper. The last Mars opposition - not a good one, but I could see an ice cap and some of the larger dark areas on Mars. Jupiter looms fairly large and shows quite a lot of detail & banding. Saturn at 150x is gorgeous! But the Moon!! It really shows lots and lots of detail, mountains & craters are sharply defined. You can even see the dozens of tiny craters that are between Copernicus & Eratosthenes. A great scope. A keeper!
I got this scope to take out on camping trips. It works great and OPT was able to ship it out to me the same day that I ordered it.
Its a good first time scope for beginners to astronomy. One can distinguish Saturn although quite small in the eyepiece (~1 mm in sizewhen viewed at 45x magnification. However the image quality is limited by the amount of light entering the scope, so trying to use a higher magnification didnt help much. Looking at stars was a bit difficult as they appeared faint in the eyepiece. One needs to be as far away from artificial light sources to get improved contrast.