We had the Coulter OTA in our shop for the last few years and never had the opportunity to do anything with it until this passed Winter when we made the time to finally dust it off and devise a plan. I had some surplus STS components in the shop from our initial run last Spring that weren't going to any use either, so with the addition of a new aluminum tube we were able to mount the original Coulter optics (primary and secondary mirrors) into a tube assembly that is more portable and will allow the primary mirror to reach ambient temperature in a reasonable amount of time versus the stock Coulter mirror cell which essentially "entombed" the mirror in the tube.
We also had both mirrors recoated by Majestic Optical Coatings before they were remounted into the new OTA. The standard aluminum coatings (91%) over coated with SiO, were donated to this build by Jeff Decker, owner of Majestic Optical.
Attached is a picture of me with the scope to give a sense of size of the scope. It's really short for me, but will be perfect for the munchkin that wins it in the raffle! More pictures are available in our DropBox Gallery for it:
And thanks to Alan Traino for suggesting this scope for the KIDS raffle instead of the regular raffle!