I bought, I got it. I will not be reporting anything here except to say that it's not a very good scope but usable. This thread is a total mess.
For the record:
I do not write book reports, I write equipment reviews. I measure things, I make tests, I make observations I compare equipment, I write them up.
I have time to review equipment. I am retired and I spend between 500 and 600 hours a year observing.. That's an average of about an hour and a half every night of the year.. It actually works out to an average of 3 hours a night about half the nights of the year. Spending a few nights with a scope like this is quite enjoyable. It takes me back to the beginning. Reminds me that I don't need $10,000 worth of telescope and eyepieces to have a good time.
Some personal disagreements intruded on the discussion, as far as I can judge, but I look forward to your review, either in this thread or another one.
I might look at one of these scopes if I want a short tube type refractor in the future, but I am not fooling myself about being able to use it out of the box without upgrades.