Basic Information about the LCM Series
Users report excellent GoTo and tracking performance; objects remain in the field of view for as long as you care to watch them. The tripod is definitely budget - it is a lightweight aluminum tripod which is relatively short (it would be great for use by children). Power can be provided by 8 AA alkaline batteries stored in the base or by an external 12V power source (recommended as AA batteries will be expensive if you use the scope frequently). See Odds and Ends on this web site for power source suggestions.
The hand control sports the latest version of the NexStar firmware and is upgradeable by the owner - see Firmware Versions section of this web site for details. This hand control responds to the same PC commands (via the RS-232 port on the bottom) as the NexStar 8/9.25/11 GPS, so software compatible with the NexStar GPS is compatible with the LCM.
Additional information is found on Celestron's web site (www.celestron.com).