I don't know who said it, but a picture is worth a thousand words so feel free to ask me to send you the pics (around 650kb) of this scope. It is a Meade 102 ED f9 optical tube assembly air spaced doublet. I have taken the time and effort to have this scope collimated and the focuser drawtube tightened up. There is no lateral movement in the focuser and it exhibits only a trace of false color on the limb of the moon. The coatings and the cosmetic condition of the tube are very good. Ed Ting recommends these scopes as long as you can be satisfied that these potential problems have been looked after. He also advises to deal with a reputable dealer in case any problems crop up. Unfortunately, I'm an observer, not a dealer, but here is my proposal. If you find that after inspection you're not satisfied with the condition of this scope as described, I will refund your money minus actual shipping charges. This is an OTA only. No mount, diagonal, finder or other goodies. Comes with both end caps. $650 or will entertain offers.