I had another great session with the VMC200L last night. If you're thinking about one of these rather than a C8, here's Ole Bomber Bob's straight skinny:
1. It's a fine DSO scope. Even in town, that 8" mirror grabs a ton of faint stars that my other 6" scopes can't get. Gonna try for fainter objects using my CLS filters, now that we're finally getting some Fall weather (and clearer skies!).
2. It's an okay lunar / planetary scope. My 6" F8 ED easily beats it for contrast & resolution, but that scope is much more trouble to set up than this CAT. It doesn't require a heavy 1" shaft EQ like the APM 152 does. I'm not sure what brand new mount is equivalent to my old TAK EM-1S, but y'all can get an idea from the photos of what you'd need.
3. Collimation is tricky, but so far it holds between sessions. I'm gonna get a soft case, and tote it out to dark sites this fall & winter -- we'll see if bumpy country roads affect alignment!
4. It's a Keeper for me. But, I would not buy one brand new -- retail price is too high for what it can do visually. I suspect a good brand new C8 would be worth the investment.