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So who else has a really big classic mount permanently mounted in their yard?

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#1 brian dewelles

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Posted 16 October 2021 - 05:43 PM

I got this mount several years ago with a 12.5" cave f/ 7? I sold OTA. The mount came without RA drive and did not have pier. I got a 8ft. Section of 8" diameter well casing and planted it in ground with multiple bags of cement. Its served me well for years as a big refractor mount. It carried a eight inch f/12 achro when i had that scope and i currently use it for 5" f/ 15 and 140mm f/9 triplet. It really is great . It's 88" from ground to mounting plate, very comfortable stand up viewing at zenith, thing is i'm not really sure if its a cave mount. RA shaft is 1-13/16" . Wonder if anyone has seen this mount before but really interested to know if others have big classic mounts permanently set up on their property.

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Posted 16 October 2021 - 05:47 PM

Looks like a real workhorse!

 

I hope to join the club one day, just waiting for the opportunity I suppose :)



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Posted 16 October 2021 - 05:53 PM

I don't believe that's a cave mount   (I had one for years with a 12+1/2" newt on it) That looks more like a home made job  with very good welding.

The setting circles do look like Cave's however.

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Posted 16 October 2021 - 06:06 PM

It's not a Cave mount.



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Posted 17 October 2021 - 06:21 AM

06D1AAB0-F582-4A08-92E8-1996EF4851E4.jpeg Hi,

I don’t know if I would call this a really big mount, but it's been living out on my back porch since “92”.

steve


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Posted 17 October 2021 - 06:28 AM

Another view.

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#7 Rutilus

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Posted 17 October 2021 - 06:54 AM

My Fullerscopes MKIV. Easily handles my 6 inch f/15 refractor and smaller scopes.

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Posted 17 October 2021 - 02:24 PM

attachicon.gif06D1AAB0-F582-4A08-92E8-1996EF4851E4.jpegHi,

I don’t know if I would call this a really big mount, but it's been living out on my back porch since “92”.

steve

Having lugged a 706 around for 36 years, I can attest that it belongs in the large mount category. I haven't permanently mounted mine outside, but there have been periods when it has lived outside for months under a cover, back before I had an observatory. Even with that, now that I have adapted it to take a D dovetail, I'm still inclined to leave it out, polar aligned, so that I can just carry out various larger scopes to set on it, without disturbing the observatory setup (and when the snow is too deep to clear that far out). 

 

I tend to think of "grab 'n go" in terms of the number of trips. When there is a mount ready and waiting, as long as I can carry the OTA in one hand and the eyepiece case in another, it's a one-trip grab 'n go.

 

The declination slow motion mod on yours is really impressive. If I were using mine for scope that's too long to reach the knob, I think I'd look into it as well. The 706 mounts are somewhat underestimated in value, being a bit crudely finished, lacking setting circles, and not being convertible to go-to. But they carry a ton, and the exclusive use of stainless, bronze, and aluminum makes them practically immune to corrosion from the environment. 

 

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#9 STE411

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 05:44 AM

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Snow?



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Posted 18 October 2021 - 06:07 AM

I’m sorry, that was a bit off topic.

l do love my 706. A very simple and elegant design.

steve


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Posted 19 October 2021 - 01:34 PM

So this big alt/az mount stays in my back yard. Its 7ft from ground to trunions, the pier and legs are quite light but the mount head weighs a lot so when set up it doesnt move. I was told it was built by Ken Dauzat who did great work. Very steady for my 140mm f/9 triplet and even for bigger heavier scopes. Lucky for me i have it and love it.

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Posted 05 November 2021 - 07:01 PM

attachicon.gif06D1AAB0-F582-4A08-92E8-1996EF4851E4.jpegHi,

I don’t know if I would call this a really big mount, but it's been living out on my back porch since “92”.

steve

Looks like an early Astro-Physics.


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#13 STE411

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Posted 06 November 2021 - 03:39 AM

Yep, 1986 Astro-Physics 706. They advertised a smaller version of the mount and called it the 504, but I have never seen one. I wonder if any were ever made?

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Posted 08 November 2021 - 10:01 PM

My 12.5” f/6.3 Coulter mirror in my Newtonian, in an observatory on my back deck.

 

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Posted 12 November 2021 - 04:38 PM

I've got one that seems to be permanently mounted in my living room. Does that count?  grin.gif 

 

Clear Skies.


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