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ANY advice on how to make a mount appreciated thanks

PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:40 pm
by EIZO
Ok there must be many links somewhere to how to make a dob mount, I have decided to keep the scope I have just bought (tube) 6" skywatcher and make a mount for it so that it can be used by people who want to borrow it but can not afford a scope.

Here it is in photo

I paid £65 including electronic focuser (made an offer and got it)

ANY advice on how to make a mount appreciated thanks

Re: ANY advice on how to make a mount appreciated thanks

PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:52 am
by Gfamily2
There's a design here that looks as though it can be made to fit a variety of scopes, including a 6" f/5 OTA, which is what I assume yours is.

http://www.scopemaking.net/dobson/dobson.htm

Re: ANY advice on how to make a mount appreciated thanks

PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:49 pm
by Aratus
That is the classic homemade wooden design.
Here is another variation.
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Basically it is a box with a circular cut-out on the top. The telescope rests on the cut-out via a circular trunion which is attached to either side of the telescope tube. The diameter of the trunion is determined by the weight balance of the 'tube'. It needs sufficient friction to be held at the desired altitude without slipping, but no so much that it cannot easily be altered by hand. The cut out and/or the trunion can be lined with plastic or some other material to give the desired friction.

Azimuth movement can be achieved with a turntable arrangement on the bottom.

Re: ANY advice on how to make a mount appreciated thanks

PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:13 pm
by EIZO
NICE