Thought I'd come back and report on this scope.
Thru the miracle of the Zon, it was here in a few days.
The build is really nice. The mount is also nice, with one caveat: 2 inch diagonal taxes this. With a 2" I'm going to have to put this on another mount, so I'll just use it with a 1.25 for now.
Some comments: the slo mo controls screw on with an allen wrench, like little hex screws in a focuser. I think that's a nice feature. The wrench lives in a slot right on the mount.
The tripod seems sturdy to me. The ep tray is big and bolts on. The dove slot on the alt az arm is a week link--there is only one quick release screw holding it on. Unlike the Porta II which has a failsafe screw, this makes me a bit nervous. The dove bar is really too small. I believe that rings and a larger bar would make things a bit better, but would also add weight, and I'm not sure the mount could take it.
The diagonal is an erect prism, and pretty much useless for night. I used it in the day and it makes a nice spotting scope. Right now, I have a nice Orion diagonal in it, and it seems to be fine with the extra weight.
The Starpower Pro Finder was DOA. I even changed the battery--nothing. I have contacted Amazon for a replacement. Right now I have a good old fashioned Celestron finder from an old 80 Firstscope. I actually like it better.
First light tonight, investigating around Cygnus. I'll just pan and enjoy.
This scope was a smoking deal at $157 delivered. I mean, I can't not buy it at that price.
If it performs well, I would say that for under $200, if you can find this, it would make a terrific first scope. The mount is far better than most of the junk out there. I'm sure it does just fine at f/6.5 on the Moon at lower magnifications. The planets may show color, but probably enough to live with. I'm told the glass is good, so a 4" wide field taking in the stars should be awesome. I'll try out everything except the moon tonight.