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#1 Allanbarth1

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 07:30 AM

I didn't see the idea anywhere else. Moderators if it's been done please delete this one.

 

Like the title says post a picture of your homemade mount Whatever type you made. Alt-Az, equatorial, fork, a parallelogram for your telescope, a custom design of some sort. Whatever you made to mount your scope on, show it off here. 


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 07:56 AM

Well.,Where do I start.,First I will lay my claim that my work is rustic at best.,I saw a pipemount on line.,All the ones that came with the scopes I started with were lacking so I decided to try and make pipemount's for them. See how they have evolved. They are kind of in order.,

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#3 Allanbarth1

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 08:08 AM

Well.,Where do I start.,First I will lay my claim that my work is rustic at best.,I saw a pipemount on line.,All the ones that came with the scopes I started with were lacking so I decided to try and make pipemount's for them. See how they have evolved. They are kind of in order.,

I've seen your mounts here on the forum before. Your builds are awesome and practical.

 

By far some of my favorite mounts are pipe mounts. Simple yet functionable, easily built and modified and rock steady. 


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 08:10 AM

Next.,

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 08:32 AM

Last but not least is Frank.,I built this after using the bino mount.,I wanted a  mount that brought the eyepiece to me and that could hold my ES 127.,All I can say is I could not be happier.,It holds that scope and my other frac's without any trouble.,I don't like regular AZ mounts at all anymore. Frank has me spoiled.,I sit comfy in my chair and can point the scope anywhere in the sky without adjusting my chairs height.,I just roll around and point the scope up.,It also stays outside 24/7.,ready to go.,I am laughing. .at myself.,.Frank is almost too much fun.,

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 09:26 AM

Well.,Where do I start.,First I will lay my claim that my work is rustic at best....

I am impressed!

Thank you for posting those pictures.


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Posted 03 March 2021 - 11:13 PM

There are a few "homemade pipe mount" threads in the ATM forum but I'll add to this thread here too.  

 

I built two pipe mounts out of 2" black pipe.  An equatorial mount and an alt-az mount.  The alt-az mount can hold two scopes or be converted to hold one scope with counterweights on the opposite side.  

 

I also built the pier.  The pandemic, lack of available lumber, having COVID-19, and a TBI have delayed building the observatory and fencing that will surround this pier.  I hope to get to finishing the observatory this summer assuming lumber becomes available again in my neck of the woods (I hope so because I now have a long list of projects on my to-do list). 

 

We have bears, bobcats and skunks roaming through the yard every night in the warmer months so having a secure area for observing/imaging is absolutely necessary.  This new pier has only been useful for solar observing so far because it is out in the open which leaves me vulnerable to wildlife.  I find it impossible to stay focused on what I am doing when I am constantly looking around and over my shoulder all the time.  I had one scare with a bear and I have no desire to ever experience that again.  No hobby is worth that.

 

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 09:13 AM

I should add that I also have a longer counterweight shaft for use on my equatorial pipe mount (Post #7, above), when necessary for heavier, larger telescope loads.  Since I used the same size pipe and fittings for both mounts, I can do all sorts of mixing and matching of parts/components as necessary.  

 

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:01 AM

A couple of fork mounts

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:12 AM

Here is my home made mount, in the early 90’s I lived with my uncle who had a machine shop in our 3 car garage, during the day I helped him build mounts and other custom telescope stuff for people, but at night I’d go out to the garage and build my own stuff. The mount uses aluminum castings I had cast from wood patterns that use to belong to a guy named Bill Schaefer from So.Cal., the RA gear is an 8” Buyers gear. It has a tangent arm DEC drive. That’s a Parks 10” f/5 sitting on it. It’s just been a piece of furniture for the past 25 years.

 

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#11 Allanbarth1

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:28 PM

Here is my home made mount, in the early 90’s I lived with my uncle who had a machine shop in our 3 car garage, during the day I helped him build mounts and other custom telescope stuff for people, but at night I’d go out to the garage and build my own stuff. The mount uses aluminum castings I had cast from wood patterns that use to belong to a guy named Bill Schaefer from So.Cal., the RA gear is an 8” Buyers gear. It has a tangent arm DEC drive. That’s a Parks 10” f/5 sitting on it. It’s just been a piece of furniture for the past 25 years.

 

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That's a work of art. Very elegant with a classic/vintage look to it. Very nice work.



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 08:12 AM

I know there's more DIY'ers here. Lets see those one off mounts you've spent hours researching and developing. 



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Posted 07 March 2021 - 11:15 PM

This is a Home built Fork mount with a home built 14 ¼" Newtonian Telescope. It has a 11" Byers RA drive and a 7.1" Byers DEC drive.   Built 45 years ago In the garage, with a commercial band saw, Heliarc Welder, Vertical Mill,  and 8"capacity lathe.  large radius bends for the sheetmetal fork were formed over a 5 gallon barrel.

 

The Mount and telescope structure were installed in the 20 x 20 roll off roof observatory about 45 years ago.

 

Initially the mount had a 120v Synchronous motor and the DEC axis had a 24" tangent arm.  About three years ago the 120v motors were upgraded to DC Servo Motors and a Sitech Controller II.

 

 

 

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Posted 31 March 2021 - 05:36 AM

A bump to get this topic rolling again. 




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