Hi Mike, I have had a look on the forums and not found any bad reports regarding this scope. It is sounds like a good all rounder scope for observing galaxies, nebulae, lunar and planets. The addition of a R.A (for tracking) motor will certainly improve the viewing experience as this will keep the object in the eyepiece rather then sailing past. This will give a more relaxed view as the object will stay ‘still’. The motor is essential for any imaging as you will need to track for many seconds to record some of the bright nebula. You may be able to attach a camera on top of the mount to do some wide field constellion shots rather then through the telescope. If you can call in at the observatory on a Wednesday evening then we can chat better.
Regards from Dave Galvin.