Years ago, I bought my first telescope. A Meade Lxd55 8" schmidt-newtonian. Had it for several years, then sold it to purchase a 10" lx200gps. I regretted selling it. Now, I realize that these scopes were panned heavily by the astronomical community. Most of it was based on the mounts not being beefy enough for the scope. That part I agree with. I have looked through many telescopes in the 52 years I've roamed this globe. I have never looked through and equal aperture optical tube that gave the same view as the sn design did. The time finally came and I purchased the 10" model from a friend in our astro club. He was the original owner and kept it in near perfect shape...thanks Rob. I may sell the mount and get one that will support it better. But for now, it is on the pier in my observatory in Grantsville, UT. Seems to be pretty stable on that.
If you have not looked through one of these scopes, you're missing out.