My point about the Pi's and window vac is that the sheep will buy on a whim. I don't own a window vac (waste of money imo) but I do own 2 Pi's. One I bought out of curiosity when they first came out and a second because I wanted to make a Poker Clock for my local pub game but I've never got to finishing the project. I must admit I bought the Pi's because they were a good price and I program for Android but how many other people buy things they don't really need or use?
I use my scope around once a month but I use my bins far more. They are far better for getting to know the sky. You can see Jupiter and M42 with your naked eye, you don't need a scope. Binoculars especially are better suited for sweeping the Milky Way and observing diffuse objects. You won't be able to view them any better with this deal. Any star will be a point of light. You'll look through this and see Aldebaran and say nice, a point of light, then you'll point it at Polaris and say wow, another point of light. All you'll see is points of light. I'm not even sure if you could separate Albireo in this but again more points of light. Totally agree about the cheaper scopes that appear from time to time and the HUKD sheep vote mega hot on price but I'd suggest if your thinking of spending money on any telescope then here isn't the place to ask for advice. There are far better specialised forums and groups out there. Personally I think you could get a far better scope for not much more but in any case you should research this before spending £175.
They should be able to pick up the moons of Jupiter (I remember being amazed by them) if they are not in a city and the light pollution isn't too bad. They should be able to see that the Orion nebula isn't a star. The main advantage is being able to find a certain star which they know about. It's too difficult for a beginner even working from constellations (as I've said) I'm sorry your 'scope seems to be unused. If you've bought pi's, they are absolutely no use unless you have an interest in them, anything else also has to be useful (maybe you mean those useless little vacuum kits which are supposed to be useful for cleaning lenses and small items, yes, they are useless). But you are never going to see the galaxies and the star clusters as they can be seen by professional telescopes of course You can contact the local Astronomy Society who should let you use larger telescopes and usually have open days if you want. But they can be snooty to beginners. So, it in the days where even the poorest child seems to have the latest iphone costing many hundreds of pounds, it seems to me that they will get a better idea of astronomy and what is out there using this than the usual refractors that are offered at Christmas time for less than a £100, but are etc etc and a better chance of finding an interest or not IMO
It's 90mm, with a central obstruction and a long focal length. The 10mm eyepiece is at the limit of it's usefulness and only good under really great skies. This is something that will underwhelm the user, they'll get fed up after a bit with frustration having to level each time then set up. I can't pick up M13 or M57 under my light polluted skies and that's with a Goto mount and a larger objective lens. Think of using this in any large city and it will quickly get coats over it. That's my scope stuck in a corner beside an ironing board. And this is from someone who has a passion for the subject. In fairness to this deal at least you could put the 90mm scope in a drawer along with the raspberry pi's and window vacs bought off this site.
will i be able to see the alien bases onthe moon that youtube goes on about and where we didnt land on the moon?