First thing to mention is that this is quiet a heavy bit of kit with the corrector plate, coming in at around 30lbs/13kg - so make sure your mount is up to the job. I was shocked at how pinpoint the stars were throughout the entire field of view, the corrector plate does a great job of producing a flat field that requires absolutely no need for additional correctors. The dovetail plate is a fluorescent green cast iron ***** style plate, not the black D-style plate as shown in the photos. This is something which I might be upgrading to, even though the ***** is pretty stable, it ruins the look of the scope. This is a personal taste thing, and wouldn't put a dent in the 5 star rating for me. The collimation bolts are a little finicky, and take some getting used to - more so than other newts/maks I've had before. The Crayford focuser is no Feather-Touch steup, but it certainly gets the job done, so no complaints there. As a long term Maksutov user, this is a great upgrade from my 6" Mak.