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Re: Gaunt Equatorial Telescope Stand- circa 1877 new [Re: opticsguy]
      #5572694 - 12/15/12 02:40 PM


What about the pier? home made? Made of steel plate? Or?

The pier is the original 1877 cast iron monster. Cast in a single piece the pier consists of the triangular base (1" thick), the 3 'vanes' (1/2" at the outside and 1.5" where they join each other) and the top plate (3/4")

Weight of the pier alone is 140 lbs, the total weight with head, counterweights and scope is 300 lbs.


Beautiful piece of restoration.

Hopefully the pier and mount will be used in a permanent location such as an observatory.

Thanks, I plan to build an observatory next year.


I was thinking buying used was a way to save money...

I would hate to think how much it would cost to make this mount today ...
its all hand made with 35 lbs of brass and bronze components, even the bolts are handmade.

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Re: Gaunt Equatorial Telescope Stand- circa 1877 new [Re: Kunama]
      #5575340 - 12/17/12 08:30 AM

I like the "essential character" of old mounts like this one. They are streamlined to basic function -- reminding us what is really most important for observing. Despite the brevity, a lot of effort was made to accommodate the functionality that provided the greatest increment of utility.

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