As you know, there are very few relatively inexpensive large telescopes for the amateur. Meade is one of the few who has a 20". It comes as a unit with its Max mount. In a discussion group I belong to for owners or the Meade 16" telescopes, I asked if anyone had heard anything about the 20", good or bad. Here is one response I got that might be interesting to some. It is to me. I would like to get this for my NM lot. The cost of the mount and telescope is much less than Plane Wave and other equivalent apertures. I won't give the person's name because, even though a message in a discussion group is public information, I feel it would not be right to elevate his name to a larger audience than he had intended. Stan "I own the number 6 of this telescope. It is really impressive and works fine. Pros: big aperture, good flat field, very stable mount, precise goto, very simple to use (equal to lx200). Cons: too heavy, to install the ota it is necesary to have 4 people, the focus!!! is the worst of this telescope, but with a feathertouch in the rear cell this telescope is amazing. Next week I will post a full review." -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.