Telescopes aren't exactly cheap now. Especially when I am working part time for $5 an hour. (Just a job while im in highschool) Im not complaining though, I would love to have a nice 10 in reflector or 4 in refractor. But I am happy with the nice images I get with my 60mm x 700mm.
Here is a detailed description for finding M31. <br /><br />I myself recently just found it through my 8" dob reflector. With a 20mm eyepiece, it appeared as a faint smudge that filled the eyepiece with a bright haze in the center.<br /><br />Good luck, but just don't expect a hubble-like image. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
Your scope seems better made than much of the similar sized scopes today. As previously mentioned, 60mm is 60mm, no matter how well made. That's only 10mm more aperture than a pair of 7x50 binoculars. The binoculars will give you a much brighter field of view, and much wider too. Since your telescope is a classic, by all means keep it. But I would at least recommend getting a pair of 7x50 binoculars to see the "other side" of what's up there.
Your telescope is a beautiful piece of work. I'm a little confused about your specifications. You have a 60mm aperature telescope with 700mm focal length. You use a 2.5mm EP and a 2X barlow to look at the moon and planets. I bet the EP is 25mm and not 2.5mm. <br /><br />Bill