I was a bit skeptical of the possibility of a quality scope for under $40. But, I figured I could just return it in-store if I was unsatisfied. I was pleasantly surprised by the optics included. I took it out on a night of mediocre "seeing" (full moon, slightly hazy) and was very impressed by the views of Jupiter. It's moons resolved sharply, and banding on the planet was clearly visible. (Enough so that I could tell the red spot was not facing Earth at the time). I also quickly found the Orion Nebula (albeit washed out by the full moonlight) and was pleased with the red-dot finder's ease of use overall.
The moon had some color fringing, but nothing too distracting. And the lunar views were impressive. As a terrestrial scope, it performed well. The right-side up mirror does it's job, and the sharpness and clarity are more than adequate. The weak spot of this package was definitely tripod/mount. A slight breeze will give shake your view, and any touch or bump will leave the scope quivering for far too long.
I'll work on that problem, there may be some DIY fix. When shopping for a beginner's scope, there's always a fear of going too cheap and providing a dismal experience that would discourage a budding astronomer. I can honestly say that should not be the case here. I use mine as a grab-and-go backup to my 10" reflector, and as a daytime spotting scope. In that, it has far exceeded my expectations.
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