After 12 years trying to figure out how to send my homemade 16.5" f/6.7 mirror out for coating it's finally on its way! In the end it turned out to be relatively simple. I talked to the folks at a UPS store to get the right box to hold the 45 pound mirror (20"x20"x12"), then ran to Home Depot to get a sheet of dense insulation foam board to make the packing inserts. Last, but not least, was finding a coater relatively close to Dayton, and I ended up going with HL Clausing in Skokie (just north of Chicago). I have several mirrors with Clausing's Beral coating and I've been very happy with them, but over the years Clausing went through a time were they we not coating small mirrors. However, they now offer their original Beral plus two other astonomical coatings with 1-2 week turn-around. If this works well I might wake up a couple of telescope making projects that have been in storage for way too long. I'm really looking forward to getting a big scope out with the summer observing season undwerway.