After performing much logistic legerdemain, I have boiled down my choices for my next telescope: Either the Meade 8" F/10 ACF or the iOptron 8" F/8 RC. After posting topics to get the consensus of various users and experts, I came to the conclusion that the Edge has a few problems with imaging which is that the correcting elements are in the baffle tube and thus necessitate the need for a very expensive reducer vs the Meade F/6.3 or for that matter, any reducer corrector lens. The ACF has no problems using aftermarket reducer correctors like the Meade F/6.3 or the Starizona F/4.
On the other hand, the ioptron RC has no corrector plate and thusly has no CA, SA or Astigmatism. Also, I hardly think I would need a dew heater on dewy nights, although a dew shield may be in the offing. So the RC has a flatter field and no image shift due to the fact that the focuser is decoupled from the mirror mount and uses a 10:1 crayford focuser built in. The only drawback is that the RC , as I have heard, is a bear to collimate, should it need it. However, I happen to live about 15 miles from the iOptron corporate office and I am sure they can help me with collimation should I need it. And it can use after market reducer correctors or just reducers since the field is already self corrected.
So, I post this trying to get the forums take on either of these scope for my imaging purposes, which amounts to an ASI294MC camera, SharpCap 3.2 Pro and sub-exposures around 15-30 secs each.