The curse was actually reversed when I received my ASI174 today. It was cloudy this morning and cleared up as soon as it arrived. Seeing was rough as it was early afternoon but I wanted to check it out anyway. First impression was, “Wow, that’s a big chip!” Second impression was, “Wow, not only does the full disk fit in the FOV, but there's room for a ghost image in DS mode as well!” Third impression was, “Wow, there are no Newton Rings present, even when barlowed!” I realize this isn’t the ideal camera for my Lunt 60 but it does offer some fun alternatives in certain situations and will play well if I happen to go larger aperture!
I played around a bit and need better seeing without pesky high clouds to play a lot more, but I think it has a place in my arsenal!