I picked this up over the weekend, a very nice early Coulter Odyssey "Compact", the 10.1" f4.5 DOB. In a casual conversation with the owner she mentioned here late husband told her he had traded for it from the rock singer Sammy Hagar in the mid-1980s. This was before she met him so she has no first-hand knowledge of the trade.
I didn't think much of it, lots of people have undocumented stories about who owned what but I decided to do a little research to see if there was any substance to the claim. Turns out Sammy was 'visited by aliens from the ninth dimension' and that spurred his interest in astronomy, amongst other extraterrestrial stuff, and in a published interview with Guitar World he is quoted as saying "It (the alien visitation) sent me on a course of curiosity. I bought a telescope, and I started reading UFO books, and I just got into the whole thing."
Anyone corroborate this or seen a photo of Sammy with a red/brown Coulter? I did a Google Image search on "Sammy Hagar telescope" but came up empty.
PS: The scope is in incredible condition, looks like it's just a few years old rather than 30+, mirrors are fine. Has the strap system and solid bottom to the rocker box to hold the mirror rather than the later open air cell.
Edited by Tom Duncan, 28 March 2018 - 02:35 PM.