Seeing that I was extremely pleased with the views in my current AT111ET (FPL-51 and basically CA- free), I wanted what I classified as a proven performer that was at least as good (or better)than the AT111EDT. To me that meant the likes of TEC, Tak, AP, Etc.
AP was out of the question for obvious costs/wait time.
The AT130 looked like an option as It was reasonable priced and I could get one through a Canadian Dealer, but I believe the one's awaiting arrival are all spoken for. That basically left me with TEC, Tak, and possibly scopes using the LZOS lens (StellarVue, TMB).
Now that I had an Idea of what I wanted, then main Issue for me was availability. Being In Canada limited my options as these scopes aren't as readily available and Importing (from the USA or other?) would add excessive costs (shipping, Taxes, and possibly Brokerage fees as well).
I even considered doing a "cross border" 8 hour road trip (4 hours each way) for the right scope as I could alleviate those costs, but would have to factor in fuel costs.
I had all but given up when I got an email from a local fellow Amateur Astronomer (who I classify as a friend) offering his scope which I had never seen in person, but always thought highly of. I had dealt with him numerous times before and his gear is always in mint condition. Within 24 hours of his offer I had the scope in my possession (Thanks Ed!).
Of course "first light" possibilities brought not only clouds but snow! I was still able to grab a few quick peeks of the Moon and Jupiter as well as resting assured my Mount is worthy ~ at least for visual.
As per the rules I've added the necessary pics.