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#1 BYoesle

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:45 AM

Ed is retiring and selling the last remaining stock of his telescope drives. These are about the best that can be obtained, and when they are gone – well you know...

http://www.ebay.com/sch/erbyers/m.html

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#2 NHRob

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 07:44 AM

Awesome work. I always wanted one of his drives.

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:01 PM

Ed has been going to "Retire" for several years now.
I dont think he can stop working. lol

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:11 PM

Ed told me he has made his last Series II mount, and the drives you see on eBay are all that remains. He's 87 and has health issues, and no one is taking over his business. :(

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:52 AM

Ed is retiring

Again??

#6 rmollise

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:58 AM

Ed is retiring

Again??


That was my first thought as well. Didn't he start retiring about twenty years ago?! :lol:

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 09:15 PM

OK, so how does one get one of these puppies to do GOTO?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:45 AM

A Gemini or Si-Tech drive kit with encoders does the job.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:19 AM

Has anyone retrofitted a Ed Byers gear on a losmandy Mount?

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:21 AM

apparently, some of the most elderly Astro-Physics mounts are Meade mounts retrofitted with Byers gears. e.g. http://www.astromart...ified_id=820909

but these are really, really old and i can't find any documentation on them (they predate the 504 and 706 mounts).

but that said.. a Meade DS16 mount and a Byers gear from ebay could be a faithful reproduction of an early-1980s AP mount :D

The earliest Bisque mounts like the Paramount GT1100 also sported Byers gears.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:43 AM

apparently, some of the most elderly Astro-Physics mounts (the 706 is probably one of them..) are Meade mounts retrofitted with Byers gears. e.g. http://www.astromart...ified_id=820909

but these are really, really old and i can't find any documentation on them (they predate the 504 and 706 mounts).

but that said.. a Meade DS16 mount and a Byers gear from ebay could be a faithful reproduction of an early-1980s AP mount :D

The earliest Bisque mounts like the Paramount GT1100 also sported Byers gears.



Hey hey hey,

Watch that elderly comment! 1980s aren't that old…

:whistle:

Byers gears…great name on great products.

#12 Jeff B

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 09:22 AM

The earliest Bisque mounts like the Paramount GT1100 also sported Byers gears.


Parallax uses Ed's gears for current production. I wonder what Joe is going to do once his current gear supply runs out? There is always Mathis.

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:29 PM

There is also Aeroquest Machining for precision drives.






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