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#1 Gneissic

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:17 PM

I acquired an Orion Skyquest XT8 Classic OTA and base hardware for free, so I couldn't say no.  The problem is there was no base with it.  Does anyone know where to get plans or where I could buy one?  Ebay has been fruitless, Googled every combination I can think of and still nothing.  Any ideas?  Thanks in  advance.

 

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:36 PM

Have a look at this video series showing how to assemble the base.

https://www.youtube....v=pxo9uVqDOFc  

I can't help you with the dimensions but others probably can.  The bottom circular panel is probably 18" or 20" in diameter.  The center of the altitude bearings should be in alignment with the center bolt on the base.  That is why the sides slope backwards, but they don't have to be like that.  The sides could have vertical edges if the altitude bearings are aligned with the center bolt.  The sides need to be tall enough so that the bottom of the OTA clears the bottom center bolt.  Are you capable of building this yourself?  Dennis Steele at Dobstuff could build this for you.    


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#3 Gneissic

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:42 PM

Thanks.  I have seen the video.  I am willing to make one, but can't find specs anywhere.  I'm waiting to see if anyone in my local Astronomy Groups has one so I can make one if I can't get one.



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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:52 PM

I have made bases for several of my Dobs using the 2' x 4' readi-cut plywood panels that you can buy at Home Depot. They aren't pretty but nobody can see them real good in the dark.

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 07:05 PM

Todd:

 

My suggestion is to contact Ken Fiscus.  He's a high school science teacher in Albert Lea, MN who builds better than new dob bases from furniture grade plywood as a side business.  

 

I think he could build you something very nice and affordable.  

 

Ken's member profile so you can contact him:

 

https://www.cloudyni...210619-kfiscus/

 

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 08:13 PM

Put an ad here on cloudy nights.  I bought one from a member here for about $80 shipped.

Many members have built their own bases and have the OEM base sitting collecting dust.

 

I built a base out of construction grade lumber for $25.00.

Only requires a hand saw an drill.

If you are curious I could send you pics.

 

VT


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Posted 09 April 2020 - 03:11 PM

The bases do come up on the used market you just have to keep a eye out

also you can make one

I would suggest wood not the cheap stuff




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