I'm making a pipe mount out of 1 1/2" pipe,it sitting on a 4" square wooden pillar about 4 feet high I will adjust for comfortable viewing height when I have made the OTA using the plans from Richard Berry's excellent book as I got a great deal (£25) on a 6" mirror set made by David Hinds a well respected mirror maker here in the UK and I have always wanted to make a telescope from scratch
The legs are 20" wide I will be fitting rubber feet, it's heavy weighing in at 42lb without the counter weights or OTA which should add another 18lbs!
I'm lapping the threads but as it stands for a smooth action I can feel when turning a slight rocking at the threads........is this normal and when the weight of the OTA is added will stop this or do I have to keep lapping the threads some more?
I know that some put plastic plumbing in the shafts to act as bearings but I only have basic hand tools and want to use the pipe as is.
Also I need to make the secondary holder any ideas for a simple mount? One idea I had was to mount it on a length of threaded m6 bar to be anchored top and bottom of the OTA so it could be adjusted for height and be rigid instead of a single pole design.
Clear skies and stay safe.
Edited by Mrzuiko, 20 October 2021 - 12:35 AM.