So, just to close this up.
I now have the scope with me and was not charged anything other than the $1250 for shipping/duty and taxes - which is fair. So, I'm a happy camper/imager
If I had any complaint at all it would be that the shipper (Pilot Freight Services) never updated their tracking information on this package. If it were not for my incessant calls I am not sure I would ever have received any update until it just showed up on my doorstep. In the end I decided to travel via ferry from Nanaimo to Vancouver to pick it up from the 3rd party shipper, otherwide it would have been another 3 days before I would receive it - and some good weather is on the way so I did not want to waste that - but that is on me. Who knew...new scope and clear skies??, truly, it must be 2020!!