Before I ever bought my first scope, and I know others must have been through this also, I thought that I would se the planets as they showed on the telescope box. I knew that the toy scopes I had before did not show any detail, but the real scopes that I looked at, all the boxes and ads showed big, clear, color pictures of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. But when I looked through my first real scope, a modest 76mm Sears, it was a let down. I could see the moons of Jupiter, the Rings of Saturn, but nothing like the box pictures showed. And Mars was nothing like the box showed. And then I thought that maybe a bigger scope was needed, so a SPC-8 SCT was next, and it was a little better, but still not up to par with ad photos and the box pictures.
It seems that the pictures on the box should show exactly how the images look like through the scope. I guess there has been many disappointed children and even adults because of this