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#1 dblstar

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 10:07 AM

Would anyone know the maker, period for this mount?

Estate sale asking for mount/tripod for $175.

Thanks, Don

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Posted 16 June 2022 - 10:33 AM

It looks like a Royal Astro/Astro Optical mount for their 6” Newtonian or 90mm refractor. With the tripod, the most likely origin is probably a a Sears 6345.


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Posted 16 June 2022 - 10:47 AM

Yes it looks just like my Sears 6345 mount. Time to look for the scope, it must be there in a corner or in the garage. 


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Posted 16 June 2022 - 10:53 AM

Looks like an early 1960's Astro Optical R73 to me. Same mount as on my 1959 Lafayette Arcturus 76/910mm. 
 
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Posted 16 June 2022 - 10:56 AM

175.- US? Go run and grab it. This is a wonderful equatorial.



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Posted 16 June 2022 - 01:08 PM

Yep, it’s coming home with me. Thanks for all your input!
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Posted 17 June 2022 - 08:58 PM

Yep, totally RAO.  Nice find.



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Posted 18 June 2022 - 12:22 PM

Would anyone know the maker, period for this mount?

Estate sale asking for mount/tripod for $175.

Thanks, Don

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It's a good mount and would a godsend to someone with the 6345 OTA but no mount. $175 for a working mount though? Likely not. BUT, you can flip it to the OTA owner and double your money.

 

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 12:24 PM

Yes it looks just like my Sears 6345 mount. Time to look for the scope, it must be there in a corner or in the garage. 

Could be! Would be a shame to miss that!

 

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Posted 18 June 2022 - 04:21 PM

Here is a photo of my Sears 6345 mount. Did your mount come with the counterweight? 

I still think the scope is in the house, under the bed or in a closet. 

 

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Posted 19 June 2022 - 05:09 PM

Dwight, that 6345 has to be the scope that rode this mount. I looked for three days for the scope with no joy. The mount, tripod and weight set were all in different parts of the property. I only found two of the three white weights but I feel fortunate with what I was able to bring home.


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 11:14 AM

Sorry that you could not find the scope. My bet is he took the scope with him. That is what I plan to do when I go.  I think there is enough room for the ota. grin.gif


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 11:47 AM

nice find.  welcome to the 2 out of 3 club.

 

i have a variation of that mount with my rao r73 but i am jealous of the motor drive.  my r73 came with the scope in a box, and the mount in a box, but without the tripod legs.  i believe there were three boxes originally.   

 

i also have a unitron 142 ota and tripod legs.  same deal.  tripod legs in its box and ota in its box, but no mount box or mount.  

 

2 out of 3 ain't bad.


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Posted 20 June 2022 - 12:03 PM

Sorry that you could not find the scope. My bet is he took the scope with him. That is what I plan to do when I go.  I think there is enough room for the ota. grin.gif

Archaeologists in the distant future will unearth you and say - "Oh MAN! It's a 90mm RAO! This must have been some sort of king!"

 

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 12:04 PM

Dwight, that 6345 has to be the scope that rode this mount. I looked for three days for the scope with no joy. The mount, tripod and weight set were all in different parts of the property. I only found two of the three white weights but I feel fortunate with what I was able to bring home.

Does the RA attach point for the slo-mo cable have a one- or two-sided shaft? Mine is one-sided. Have seen both.

 

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Posted 20 June 2022 - 01:40 PM

The slow motion controls only have one-sided shafts on my mount. 



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Posted 20 June 2022 - 04:34 PM

Does the RA attach point for the slo-mo cable have a one- or two-sided shaft? Mine is one-sided. Have seen both.

 

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This one has two RA attachment points.



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Posted 20 June 2022 - 04:56 PM

We need to see a clear photo of it.




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