I think my Sad Sack thread for the DX8 was a pretty good assessment of this scope, but it ran LONG, so let me summarize...
Knowing what I know now, I would only consider another DX8 under these conditions:
- Short on space, but want to see faint fuzzies in town;
- Don't want to mess with an 8" Newtonian on a DOB or EQ;
- Can get the complete kit (scope + wedge + tripod) in good condition or better for $300 or less.
- OR, I have the space, and just want a very pretty Display Scope -- a dud that i can yak about. (The whole DX Story is interesting to me -- in an Interstate Pile-Up sorta way.)
My 1980s Meade 826 spoiled me against Big CATs, including that very fine Vixen VMC200L -- which really could deliver on fuzzies & planets. Even if I include the $$$ spent buying & restoring the short Meade SF EQ, and the upgraded Lumicon helical focuser, I'm still out way less than I spent on my DX8 Experiment, and I have a Newt with first-rate mirrors that delivers the views on everything I turn it to.
Edited by Bomber Bob, 26 July 2020 - 08:31 AM.