My Dynascope restoration has hit an unexpected, and possibly insurmountable snag. UPS LOST my mirrors.
So...here's my sympathy plea. Does anybody have a set of Criterion 6" Dynascope mirrors they're willing to part with?
I seem to have the worst luck with UPS as a shipper.
I had sent them to Jeff @ Majestic for a recoat as the final step of my restoration (aside from a custom eq drive I'm still designing.) On their return trip they fell off the face of the earth. UPS customer service is garbage, and Jeff and I are still fighting with them on the claim a month later.
It's worth noting that Majestic does not insure your mirrors unless you ask for it, so at best I might get $100 from UPS (their maximum default liability.) If you're getting something bigger done, be sure to ask Jeff for a shipping quote with extra insurance.
Of course I can get some junk 6" replacement mirrors from eBay, or I can wait for another Dynascope to turn up for cheap, but I'm just absolutely heartbroken, enraged, and defeated on this project now. The original mirrors were known for their amazing quality and I may never get that back. I have so much time and elbow grease invested, and a fair bit of money.
By the time I replace the mirrors and probably recoat them...again, I probably could've bought a really nice 8" OTA for the same investment.
Finally, here's eye candy of the restored mount and OTA...sans mirrors.
Just to give you some measure of hope, Several years ago I ordered a custom built bike where I hand picked every single part at a significant expense.The package was shipped cross country from California to Chicago.
After it was shipped via UPS, the package was lost for almost three months. After lots of phone calls and some frustration it one day showed up in perfect condition and I was happy to put that experiance behind me.
Keep your fingers crossed, and keep calling. It may one day show up. They never did give me a explaination of what happened, but were obviously able to track it down eventually. It may have been my persistence that eventully helped locate it.
Edited by Mbinoc, 09 August 2019 - 12:11 PM.