Although its up to you, it may be best as a family activity or project for children between the ages of 7 and up who will enjoy watching celestial events. It's educational too. The product is packaged with software, two CD's with easy-to-follow instructions and a sky map to install. Hope your family will like it as much as mine.
Yes, it comes with a tripod, & everything you need to see as far as your heart desires! I was so amazed with this telescope, the first time I was actually looking at the surface of the moon with my own eyes! I think that refractor means, that the lens is angles, so you don't have to look through the eyepiece like a regular scope, but it angles it up like a spy scope.(where as you can see at an angle like around a corner) I will attempt to post my moon shot pics