I bought this scope in fall, 2010 through ad in Cloudy Nights. The views through this scope are remarkable. In some ways the views are almost too bright. using a red filter on the eyepiece helps improve the contrast. The B1800 is a better choice than the B1200 blocking filter if you are considering photography in addition to live viewing. VERY solid construction. The quality of this unit is amazing. I am a very satisfied user of this scope.