I have since completed the telescope and am now working on the tripod and fork/ring mount, which is much more complicated than the scope ever was. Everything is scratch built without a mill. The fork, ring mount etc, was built from Speedy Metals stock and free handed on a grinder, disk sander, drill press, make shift lathe, files, sandpaper, and of course a caliper to measure thousandths of an inch. The first picture here is of the fork and rings with gears I got out of a printer. The shafts were gotten out of a printer also. They function great. The 312:1 gears can be disengaged to just point and look which is what my son really wanted. I had to talk him into the gears - but only if they were able to be disengaged. He already has a computer "Go-To" mount, so he certainly isn't lacking with higher tech stuff. He wanted it to be simple. no batteries. (Even though I stuck a green laser on the mount)Some of the things like the aluminum connector, white knob were changed to brass. This pic was the fork-ring mount in it's first stages before upgrades and changes.