I also bought, kind of on a whim, a Samyang 800 mm lens (plus 2X "barlowe" lens, ~$200 for both!). The lens is very simple, there are no electronics, so focus is a bit of a challenge with it, and it's not exactly a high-quality lens. But it works.
Here's an example; a shot of the moon, 2X "barlowe" lens (so 1600 mm equivalent), NO cropping, ISO 3200 and slight contrast enhancement.
The Sony has the option to zoom in while framing and focusing the shot, and as long as your camera is very stationary, it works pretty well. I've got a fairly heavy-duty tripod, but I wish it was even heavier; the camera still shakes quite a bit while I'm focusing. I've assigned the electronic zoom to one of the buttons on the camera, and it's very easy to fire it while I'm setting up for the shot.
I always use shutter-priority mode.
I am looking forward to trying it on Jupiter and Saturn. In a couple of weeks I will try this at Yosemite. Stay tuned.