As the owner of the much less expensive Criterion RV-6, and an RV-8, (having gotten some good planet images out of them too) there was a telescope that I was looking for almost daily for years and years (but didn't think I could afford even if I found it) on CN, Craigslist, EBAY and everywhere else (looking maybe for 12 years-ish?) One guy who is on CN even once promised me years ago that he'd deliver a 10" on a trip down the coast of FL (he broke his promise.) Maybe about a year ago or two ago I pretty much threw in the towel on ever getting a Dynascope, but checked periodically on those forums just in case :^), but I was pretty much resigned that I would never find one. Then, out of the blue, last night I got a call from a woman I've known for years (but hadn't heard from in as many too) she asks me would I like to come get a telescope that she has. I had already said yes, and then she said it was a Criterion, and I was like wow (in my head) and then she said it was a 12 inch, and I was like OK, she probably measured the OD and it's really a ten (but I was still elated and was thinking, my luck couldn't be that good, nobody in the entire Universe knows how much I want one of these, what are the odds of one finding its way to me? Really!!!)
She had tried earlier on to bring it to the dumpster at the storage place but it was too heavy. She left it in the hallway at the storage place and somebody complained that it was blocking the way. Thank goodness her husband told her to bring it back into the unit, and I am so thankful that she remembered me and called. I'm told it was originally from a well-known affluent family in South Florida, and had been left outdoors (sideways) for a long time by the subsequent owner. Then it was brought up here to storage near Daytona Beach. Today I picked it up where it was left for me, not far from the dumpster. :^) I'm picking up the mount this weekend (hopefully). It's the big HEAVY observatory one! I'm told it will need a lot of work, but so will the rest of the scope as you will see in the following images, but I look forward to the adventure!