I realize this is a little different but here goes: In Sept.1987 I was ready to order an Astrophysics 7" Starfire. I was instead talked into purchasing a Meade 2120 10" LX5. I paid my money. I finally received the Telescope, and I use that term loosely as you will soon understand, in the middle of APRIL 1988. Yes, you read that right. I understand this was during the bad Haley days but I totally understand your frustration.
And the "telescope" in question had maybe, maybe 1/2 wave optics, probably closer to 1 wave. Not only did I wait 7 months but I received the worst telescope I had ever looked through. Sure, it looked great, it even tracked great, was even half decent on deep-sky objects. But planetary. The opposition of Mars in Oct. 1988. A 3 inch refractor showed more detail on Mars!
I really hope that you don't have to go through what I did. Most likely, Celestron won't make you wait as long as Meade made me wait. And chances are, you will probably get a better product than I did. To this day I have never forgiven Meade...and if they want to change my mind about my opinion of them...well, only Meade can make that happen.
I will never buy another Meade product...ever! Sorry, But they really disappointed me and never made it right.
I wish you luck!