Data base is somewhere around the 4000 mark, although I suspect many are repeats: Betelguese, Alpha Orion and at least a HIP and SAO number - yet all are Betelguese.
Last year they made it - not sure guess about 2005, maybe 2010 but think ceased earlier.
Jupiter will show as a disk and should get the upper and lower equitorial bands, Saturn not so easy, maybe next July. Mars is a red disk.
Any good with wiring and a soldering iron?
Best option to power is something like a small Talentcell Li battery, make a small connector to PP3 and place Li battery on the base under the front of the scope (not the rear) and run at 12v. Need to make the small wiring thing, it is/seems a bit odd in the making.
Good for things like M45, M42. Basically wide objects. Grumbles at you all the time.
Handset cannot be upgraded - makes life easy, as in just forget it all. The lack of buttons can be a bit of a pain. Actually can drive you mad.
Where are you? If UK then for some odd reason set the Timezone to -0. Not sure why but it seems to like a -'s sign. Set your own custom location.
Database: The sun does not exist.
Get/make a small white light filter for the front, will be good for the Mercury transit - I am taking mine to a biggish event.
You can either slew manually to the Sun or set the RA+Dec as a custom object then slew to that.
Eyepieces I use are 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 12mm and 25mm. Strangely the 5mm and 6mm get little use. Would expect them to be the main ones but isn't so. So hesitate going to buying short eyepieces. 8mm = 44x = 1.5 degrees = M45, M42. Sun is also good at 8mm, oddly better at 12mm (??)
North is True North, get that determined, Level is obvious. No end stops so goes round and round, hence battery on the base.
OK limited I suppose but fun.
Wide fields especially with 25mm Paradigm/BST. About 15x so 4+ degree view = M31 fits nicely. You can end up being the only person at a star party who can see all M31 at once. (Act smug).
Mine was my first scope, still have it, still use it. It is almost a finder scope on a goto base.