Mounts, Mounts with Bearings, Mounts with Clamshell Rings and Bearings
Mounts Only
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Notes:
Solid Kit.
$230.00
$115.00

All kits are completely predrilled, all parts included. Finished mounts arrive ready to use..

Collapsible Mounts fold flat to 5" height. Sets up in a minute.
No loose parts as.mount boards are hinged together and knobs store on board.

Taller solid mounts have vertical stiffeners along the side boards, 3/8" internal dowels for added strength. Screws seat board fully flush and onto dowels. Wood glue sets all boards together.

See below for adding Sky Commander digital setting circles.

Solid Finished.
$320.00
$160.00
Collapsible Kit.
$250.00
$125.00
Collapsible Finished.
$340.00
$170.00
Mounts with Bearings
Type
Price
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Notes:
Solid Kit
small bearings
$275.00
$137.50

See above Notes for information on Mounts.

Bearings are fitted, cut with an arc to precisely match the outside diameter of your telescope tube. If mounting holes exist in your tube, we will match their center to center distance and their diameter. If no hole exists, we will provide dimensional information so you can drill holes as necessary.

Bearings are 3/4" wide Baltic Birch with a 1/8" outside lip made to ride along side the Teflon pads to keep the telescope tube from sliding laterally. A 1/16" space is left between the edge of the bearing and cutout of the mount.

Small bearings are under 12" diameter.
Large bearings are from 12" to 23" diameter.

See below for adding Sky Commander digital setting circles.

Solid Kit
large bearings
$286.00
$143.00
Solid Finished
small bearings
$400.00
$200.00
Solid Finished
large bearings
$412.00
$206.00
Collapsible Kit
small bearings
$295.00
$147.50
Collapsible Kit
large bearings
$306.00
$153.00
Collapsible Finished
small bearings
$420.00
$210.00
Collapsible Finished
large bearings
$432.00
$216.00
Mounts with Clamshell Rings and Bearings
Type
Price
Your
Deposit
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Notes:
Solid Kit
$325.00
$162.50

See top Notes regarding Mounts.

Clamshell rings are custom designed to fit your telescope tube leaving 1/8" of space around the tube, 1/16" on any side. You can obtain adhesive backed felt pads at Home Depot to fit with the 1/8" and obtain the tension/tightness you desire.

Clamshell rings have a hinge attaching the two bottom boards, which join the front and back rings along with he top and side boards. The two top board have a 2-1/2"x1/4-20 thumb screw which passes through one board and into a 1/4-20 threaded insert in the adjacent board. Bearings are cut to allow 1/16" space between their outer edge and the cutout in the mount. Bearing thickness is 3/4", with 5/8" as bearing surface (Teflon pads match), and a 1/8" wide lip on the outside - to prevent lateral slipping on the mount.

See below for adding Sky Commander digital setting circles.

Solid Finished
$432.00
$216.00
Collapsible Kit
$345.00
$172.50
Collapsible Finished
$452.00
$226.00

Mounts come in two versions, solid and collapsible. All work is custom designed to get the best fit for your telescope, all wood is cut via CNC router to assure uniformity and precise fit. Specifications and ordering information is at the bottom of this page.

Solid Mounts:
Very stable using internal dowelss to lock all boards together. Screws are also used to pull board together, assuring internal dominos are thoroughly seated. Wood glue used to finish the job.

Collapsible Mounts:
Ideal for storing in a closet or tight space in a garage. Very convenient fitting into a small car. Side boards, front board and bottom board of the rocker box are hinged together with heavy duty anodized aluminum piano hinge. Clamping knobs secure the boards tightly together. Entire mount "folds" down via the hinges, to a 5" height.

Finished mounts:
Solid or collapsible finished mounts arrive ready to use. Can be shipped to US and Canada.

Kit Mounts:
Solid and collapsible mount kits have all parts included. Wooden parts are rough sanded, screw holes predrilled, domino slots precut, Teflon pieces precut and countersunk, Ebony Star or FRP strips and azimuth ring precut to size. Assembly instructions included. All parts dry-fitted before shipping. Kits may be shipped worldwide.

What you'll need: Philips screwdriver, sanding paper, wood glue, contact cement, wood putty.

Options:


Sky Commander Hardware option 1: If you already own a Sky Commander, we can install the tangent arms and encoders so you can use your existing Sky Commander computer and cables.

Sky Commander Hardware option 2: If you already own a Sky Commander, we can install the tangent arms, encoders, azimuth kit and cables,so you can use your existing Sky Commander computer.

Complete Sky Commander option 3: This is an outstanding Digital Setting Circle to make finding objects quick and easy. Read more on the Sky Engineering web-site.
 

Add Sky Commander hardware option 1:
$190.00
Add Sky Commander hardware and cables option 2
$205.00
Add Sky Commander complete system option 3
$480.00

Materials:
CNC precision cut 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood. Bearing surfaces are Virgin Teflon and FRP or ebony star. Azimuth bolt assembled through metal flanged bushing, t-nut and lock nut. Finished mounts have up to eight coats of fine sprayed polymer sealer, with an ebony (reddish) tint.

Ordering:
Payment is by PayPal or credit card via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account.
Mounts require 50% deposit.
Optional Sky Commander parts are paid in full at time of order.
We will e-mail a PayPal invoice for the balance due plus shipping when your mount is ready.

For estimated shipping costs, e-mail or call with the type of mount and the dimensions below.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your mount, please e-mail or call.

After your deposit is received, we will e-mail you to obtain these dimensions:




  1. Circumference of the telescope tube (a cloth tape measure works great for circumference).
  2. Distance between side walls, if you have an existing mount.
  3. Telescope tube balance point - the center of the altitude bearing to the back edge of the tube (or collimation knobs if protruding). We can help easily determine the balance point.
  4. Altitude bearings circumference and thickness of portion that contacts the mount.