All current mounts have round ground boards
extending to corners of the rocker box.
We'll ask for a few simple dimensions
after your order is placed, or choose
to e-mail them later.
Mounts are available
as solid or collapsible. All are custom designed
to specifications of your telescope from a minimum
height, or taller for more comfortable viewing
position. Parts are CNC cut for uniformity and
precise fit. Sky
Commander Digital Setting Circles is an
option that may be added at the end of your
Solid Mounts: Use dowels inside the boards and
are screwed together. Taller
solid mounts may incorporate vertical outer
or curved internal stiffeners.
Collapsible Mount save storage space and fit
more easily in your car. All mount boards are
attached together as single unit with heavy
duty anodized aluminum piano hinge, "folds"
flat to 5" height and sets up in minutes.
No loose parts; clamping
knobs store securely in the rocker box bottom
Kit orders are predrilled, all parts included.
Wood parts rough sanded with 80 grit. Teflon
pieces precut, beveled and countersunk, FRP
bearing strips and azimuth ring precut to size.
Parts are dry-fitted before shipping. Requires
fine sanding, philips screwdriver, 2 wrenches,
glue for FRP.
Finished orders: arrive ready to use. Finished
orders can be shipped unassembled to facilitate
Clamshell rings are custom designed leaving
1/8" of space around the tube (1/16"
on any side). You will need adhesive backed
felt or weatherstripping to line the inside
of the rings to obtain desired fit. The clamshell
rings two bottom boards are joined with heavy
duty anodized piano hinge. The two top board
open, and secure together using a 2-1/2"x1/4-20
thumb screw passing transverally through one
board and into a 1/4-20 threaded insert seated
in the adjacent board, to close the clamshell.
Bearings attach to 4" wide supports that
attach to the ring segments. The front ring
halves and back ring halves screw onto the bearing
supports and top and bottom assemblies using
#12 wood screws.
Bearings are cut to provide 1/16" space
between their outer edge and the mount bearing
cutouts. Bearing thickness is .708" with
.583" FRP covered bearing surface. A 1/8"
wide lip on the outside face of the bearing
prevents lateral slipping.
Finished and assembled mounts shipped to US
and Canada. Finished but unassembled mounts
and Kits can be shipped worldwide.
Baltic Birch plywood, virgin Teflon, FRP. 3/8"
azimuth bolt, 3/8"x1/2" flanged bushing,
t-nut, lock nut, #12 and #6 wood screws, #4
brass screws, 2-1/2" long 1/4-20 thumb
screw, brass wood inserts. Finished mounts have
up to four coats of fine sprayed polymer sealer
with a cinnimon (reddish) tint.
Shipping: FedEx Ground domestic, USPS internationally.
Contact us for a shipping cost estimate.