It's a Meade Visiomar and it's a 60mm refractor
with a 20 to 60 times
zoom. It came with an LED finder scope (that's the thing bolted
to the side that creates a red dot apparently in the sky - put the dot
on the object you want to look at and you'll know that the scope is
pointing at it), a table-top tripod, a carrying case and a paperback
book on the night sky.
Despite its size (it's roughly 60cm long), it is powerful enough to not
only give a pretty good view of Jupiter but to see some of the moons of
Jupiter too. I actually thought I was seeing some sort of
lensflare initially until I checked with Stellarium and it showed the
moons of Jupiter arranged in almost a straight line just like I had
seen! I can see Ganymede, Calisto and Europa. Io is too
close to Jupiter to resolve. The other
planets are out of view at night at the time of writing this.
UPDATE: thanks to a better alignment, I have now manged to see Io
It would be nice to be able to take some photographs through it.
That's a bit tricky as once you've mounted a digital camera to the
eyepiece, it's very difficult to aim and focus the scope.
One thing you do quickly notice is that once you start using high
magnifications, the motion of the object you're looking at becomes very
apparent. I have now bought a digital camera mounting kit but
all a bit of a lash-up.
However, here's a picture I took of the Moon just holding my digital
camera up to the eyepiece without any mounting kit:
This isn't the original image. I processed
it by cropping it, applying an unsharp mask
and tweaking the gamma and contrast a bit. The image here has
also been scaled down to half the original size. If I can get
pictures like this without a steady mount, then I'm hoping they'll be
even better once I get the mounting worked out.