The scope in question could not be a 90s scope. The black looks like it was painted on and a decal applied.
If people think that Meade and Celestron were only producing gems back in the day then they haven’t read the December 1989 S & T review of 6 Meade and Celestron 8-inch OTAs. The Ronchi bands in the Meade’s look horrible. One Meade was completely unusable as tested. The Celestrons showed rougher optics than the Meades. None of these scopes could be called excellent or even very good optically by today’s standards.
I owned a DX8 and in my example yes the planets, (particularly Jupiter) being mostly low contrast objects, got soft too quickly. But the deep sky views were fine and about equivalent to a 6 or 7-inch good quality Newtonian. The moon being a mostly high contrast object held up better than the planets and could take reasonable magnification.
There are better choices on the used market. If purchasing one make sure it comes with the Golden Field tripod and make sure the price is low enough that reselling the tripod alone will cover all of your initial costs.
Below is a lunar drawing I did many years ago using the DX8.