For what it may be worth, I bought an Orion SkyView Deluxe 8" EQ Newtonian back in November. I wouldn't consider myself an especially experienced astronomer, having been an enthusiast in high school and only just recently started to get back to it (after a 25 year hiatus) but I've really been quite pleased with the observing I've done so far. I did go ahead and buy a laser collimator for it, which has made collimating it a relatively painless experience. The telescope does seem to require collimating pretty frequently, which could get annoying if you had to do it the old fashioned way. Stability of the mount has not been too much of an issue as far as wavery images go. The mount does tend to fall over when you lift the telescope off of it (high center of gravity from the counterweights.) I have yet to try photography with it. I'm anticipating not being able to do really long exposures, due to instability and the clock drive probably not being accurate enough. I do plan to try some lunar and planetary things. Just my two cents' worth...
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