I ordered a custom clamshell dob mount last year. It was almost done when Covid19 in California shut down work. I ordered it with oversize bearings and extra base height so I could sit in a chair and view objects near the horizon. Mark Wagner from AstroGoods worked with me on my custom design requests. I sent him the azimuth encoder mounting hardware to be incorporated with the build of the mount. The clamshell design will allow me to change balance and eyepiece position to meet my needs. It will handle my Pan 41, Nagler 31T5 and Ethos 21 heavy eyepieces without problems. I am looking forward to using It on my August dark sky camping trip.
I just got notice that I will have it on Saturday. It is for an 8 inch f/6 Newtonian I bought from Teleskop-Express. It is encoder ready for use with my Nexus DSC. I upgraded the Newtonian focuser to a 2 speed Moonlite. I will use a Stellarvue 60mm right angle finder and a Telrad with it. This will probably be the Dob I continue to use as I get older and don't want to fool with the heavier scopes.
We do a lot of astronomy camping with our Artic Fox 22G travel trailer. We have a new moon trip planed for each month through October since the major star parties were canceled. We always bring a TEC 140 on a DM6 mount with Planet tripod. This will be the modest size Dob companion scope. I only bring my Webster D14 to longer destination star parties when I can leave it set up on the observing field for several nights. The 8 inch Dob will come on all our trips because I can quickly put it back in the truck under the Leer cap after a nights viewing.
Edited by JMW, 05 August 2020 - 08:13 AM.