How you liking that scope for visual?
I am very happy that I managed to pick up one of these f/6.3 tubes on CN classifieds. But I am using it 90% for electronically assisted observing (EAO) from the place I work part of the year just outside of Boston. My observing perch is on the top of a steel fire escape that has its own dynamics (vibrations). You can see a photo herehttp://www.cloudynig...l-setup/page-14
,Post #338 (the last one).
If you have ever watched broadcasts made with Mallincams or other security video cameras, you know that the experience they offer is not the same as quality visual observing from a dark place. But one can still enjoy astronomy from light polluted or otherwise marginal places (e.g. steel fire escapes) and see details in objects that might not be otherwise discernible with the same apertures.
The Meade native f/6.3 OTA's are my favorites for video or Lodestar assisted observing. This is mostly due to the fast focal ratios (below f/3) that are not easily achievable with f/10 OTAs. I also took my 8" f/6.3 OTA to a trip to Hawaii once. Simply because this was the largest tube that I could take as carry-on in my backpack.
To sum up, the f/6.3 OTA's are special purpose scopes. Their visual quality doesn't match that of my 7" f/15 Mak or 14" Edge HD under ideal conditions. But in special circumstances, when other factors (video camera, poor setup, seeing, light pollution) limit the quality of the experience, they can be the right tool for the job.