This is my newly acquired and just completed recommissioning of an equatorial mount. It was designed by Mr Robert Ellery, Astronomer to the Governor of the State of Victoria and was built by Mr Thomas Gaunt, Optician and Jeweller of Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia. It was first built in 1877 and in production in this form until 1885.
The mount comes with a purpose built cast iron pier and together they weigh about 250 lbs.
I today completed the restoration of the mount and hope to have the pier complete this weekend.
Initially it will support my Istar At150 F10 Achromat refractor, eventually I will be building a 127mm (5") F15 refractor for this mount.
I was thrilled to find 40 lbs of brass and bronze under the many layers of black paint.