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#1 zawijava

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 05:06 PM

Looking for help/suggestions. Pictured is an Astrola Observatory Class mount that originally carried the very large 16" Cave Newtonian. If I still had this BIG Astrola I would donate it to my Astro Club so we could mount our very fine 1970's era Tinsley 12" Maksutov. The Tinsley is a 70+ pound OTA so needs a big mount. Can anyone offer suggestions for other older, very capable mounts that would carry this Tinsley? The Club has no money to spend, except possibly the costs for shipping such a beast...though we do have the capability to bring an old neglected mount back to life if one were found. I'm concerned that if no mount is forthcoming that the decision might be to sell the Tinsley....a big loss to the Club. Thanks so much for your input! For size reference, those rings on the Astrola are 7" ID for when I had my 6" f/15 D&G on there. The shafts are 2"+ OD :shocked:

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 06:29 PM

I have been looking for same mount for years and can't seem to find a 2.5" Obseravtory Cave mount anywhere.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 08:08 PM

Tim;
I have never seen a TINSLEY 12 maksutov!! Could you perhaps post a picture sometime?

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 09:07 PM

Tim;
I have never seen a TINSLEY 12 maksutov!! Could you perhaps post a picture sometime?

Kevin


Kevin,

There is a Tinsley thread going in the "Classic Telescope" section, I have posted a pic there w/some details towards the end of the thread(page 3).

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 09:21 PM

I have been looking for same mount for years and can't seem to find a 2.5" Obseravtory Cave mount anywhere.

Chas


My Astrola(pictured) was sold to a guy who last I heard was in Texas. I cannot recall his name, I have it somewhere, but remember his Lic Plate said "Caveman"....he loved Cave scopes/Astrola mounts :grin:

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 09:36 AM

Looking for help/suggestions. Pictured is an Astrola Observatory Class mount that originally carried the very large 16" Cave Newtonian. If I still had this BIG Astrola I would donate it to my Astro Club so we could mount our very fine 1970's era Tinsley 12" Maksutov. The Tinsley is a 70+ pound OTA so needs a big mount. Can anyone offer suggestions for other older, very capable mounts that would carry this Tinsley? The Club has no money to spend, except possibly the costs for shipping such a beast...though we do have the capability to bring an old neglected mount back to life if one were found. I'm concerned that if no mount is forthcoming that the decision might be to sell the Tinsley....a big loss to the Club. Thanks so much for your input! For size reference, those rings on the Astrola are 7" ID for when I had my 6" f/15 D&G on there. The shafts are 2"+ OD :shocked:

Tim


Any number of older mounts from Meade's DS16 mount to Criterion mounts and on up to Cave will do the job. Problem is finding them.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 10:02 AM

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:29 PM

My 1967 Cave 1.5" Shaft mount should handle a short tube 12" scope pretty well. Just don't expect AP 1200 mount perfection.

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:33 PM

My 1967 Cave 1.5" Shaft mount should handle a short tube 12" scope pretty well. Just don't expect AP 1200 mount perfection.

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That's for sure. Of course, I assume the goal is visual only. If that is the case, a DS-16 mount or a Starfinder 16 mount can probably be had for a reasonable price and will do the job--if not in style. :lol:

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:54 PM

Also a 2" shaft Starliner mount would work also if you can find a used one.

Chas






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