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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets
Kirt Blattenberger
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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Criterion RV-6 'Dynascope' Telescope Advertisement

It was while I was in the USAF at Robing AFB, Georgia, that my interest in astronomy was rekindled and I decided to move from a cheap 2" Tasco refractor to a 'real' telescope that had more light collecting capacity and was on an equatorial mount with a sidereal drive system. My Air Force pay did not allow for anything as nice as a Celestron or Meade model, but an advertisement in Astronomy magazine by Criterion Manufacturing made the goal seem obtainable in the RV-6 'Dynascope.'

Criterion RV-6 Dynascope Telescope Adverisement - Airplanes and Rockets

Criterion RV-6 Dynascope Advertisement

For a mere $279.95*, I could purchase a 6", f-8 Newtonian telescope with a pillar-type tripod mount and an equatorial drive. I immediately wrote a check and mailed it off to the company's location in Connecticut. Then, I waited... and waited... and waited, but no telescope arrived after more than three months. So, I to Criterion Manufacturing about the delay and got a response that the RV-6 Dynascopes were on backorder, but that it should arrive soon. Another couple months passed and still no telescope. I sent another letter and had no response. I called the listed phone number and got no answer. Finally, I contacted the Better Business Bureau in Connecticut and discover they were out of business and in bankruptcy. Thanks to the BBB representative, though, I was given a good contact number for one Criterion's executives and called to explain that the company had cashed my check within a month of the time sent, and that I was just a poor Air Force schmuck who couldn't afford to eat the $200 loss. He promised to send a refund. A couple more months passed without any refund. I had given up when, almost a year later to the day I wrote the check, a refund check arrived in the mail. I immediately took it to the bank for deposit before it could be voided by the company.

So, the story ended better than it might have, but I still didn't have a nice telescope and there was no equivalent alternative that I knew of at the time. Today, of course, there are many such options available.

* According to the BLS Inflation Calculator, the $279.95 price in 1980 is equivalent to $810.76 in 2015 money.
   The advertisement shown is from a few years earlier, hence the lower price.

 

 

Posted August 9, 2015