This is a great spotting scope I bought as a traveling scope. The optics are very bright and clear for nature work, I compared it side by side to an etx and they were better by far. Not as good at night, shows some pinching? Oval-type out of focus distortion on planets and bright stars. Once in focus, effect is minimal and I got some great views of Mars through it. I have modified it to accept a hard mount of a variable tele-extender for camera work. It also accepts standard 1-1/4" hardware with no ill-effects. My hard mount is removable(as seen in pictures) and takes great photos within a range of 50 feet-1 mile. for examples, email me and I'll point you to the page(astromart won't let me print web links)the pictures are of a friend of mine surfing a 1/2 mile away! Shipping is included to Continental U.S., Paypal, money orders and cashiers checks preferred, personal checks must clear before shipping.