This is a big scope, but it is also quite mobile when dismantled. Arriving in 4 boxes, it was a bit daunting assembling it, but the instructions are clear and the illustrations are detailed enough to reinforce the written instructions. The mirror requires you unwrap it and lay it face down on a soft surface while you fix a back plate. I was not happy about putting the mirror face down on anything, but it was not an issue. There is about 100 miles of gladwrap on the mirror, and after taking that off, there is a couple of sheets of thin tissue paper still on it. I left those on while it was face down on a SOFT sheet. Once assembled, it is a thing of beauty! The hand controller works well and the light gathering of the scope is great. The only thing Jacobs Digital failed to supply was good weather :) If you are new to Dobs, read up on collimation and although there is a collimation cap supplied, a cheshire is worth the investment. Google "Astro Babys guide to collimation" as this is recommended reading for anyone new to it. This is a beautiful scope and is pretty well machined for the price so if you are considering it, you wont be disappointed.