I purchased this for my son (5), who is completely fascinated with astronomy right now. I have no prior experience with telescopes, but did quite a lot of comparison shopping online. This seemed to be a great value, and I am happy with it so far. We do a lot of hiking, so the backpack should prove to be useful. No complaints with the telescope, the tripod seems a little flimsy though. Overall, I would say this is a good deal - I can't imagine there being too much difference between models in this price range.