Here's a better pic of the mount, it's from a Craigslist find, a Meade long tube 50mm from the 80's that I completely disasssembeled cleaned and lubed everything that moves, then I put it back together instead of the clam shell to hold the OTA I attached a dove tail clamp for modern scopes.
It has the clutch lever for an RA clock drive, I found one that works really well on Amazon, new $20, battery powered, that I use when celestial viewing, battery pack secures to velcro strips on the leg.
Little yellow tubing is the handle, color and length make it much easier to use in the dark.
The two axis hand drive knobs are modified slo motion cables that came with it, now then secure directly to the drive shafts,
As you see it in this view it's set for terrestrial,
Many of my targets I can't see because they are a distance away I found the 8 X 50mm 45° finder here on CL, it helps a lot when all I can see is a very small sail across the bay.
The forward finder shoe is filed out so that my little digital level gauge can rest in when setting my latitude
for the polar alignment when solar viewing.
And down in the center of the tray is a bubble level for setting the tripod axis, you'll note the over sized fasteners holding the tray, that actually is to beef up the stability of the old tripod, manufacture used way under sized little bitty wing nuts and screws, this was the era and decline of small scope tripods, they still used all the heavy parts of the mount but cut costs on the fasteners, now days the cut costs every where on their tripods rendering most of them useless.
Edited by SloMoe, 11 December 2019 - 08:46 AM.