AstroGoods now offers $189.50 solid mount and bearings
kits for 6" and 8" telescopes. Current lead time 1 week,
soon to be from stock.
Mounts are for 48" long tubes, use hidden internal dowels
for additional stiffness, then screw and glue together. Parts
come rough sanded with 80 grit. You finish with paint, eurathene,
varnish, etc. Very easy assembly with directions. Required items:
sandpaper, aPhilips screwdriver, wood glue, contact cement, paint
Bearings are 9.5" for the 8" and 7.5" for the 6",
have inside facing braces that fit the outside diameter of aluminum
tube (O.D. 10", 8") and Sonotube (O.D. 10.25" or
821"), and are drilled for 3/8" center bolt to mount
into your tube.
All parts included: Wooden parts 18mm Baltic Birch plywood, countersunk
virgin teflon altitude and azimith pads, FRP precut for bearing
surfaces, dowels, screws and other necessary hardware. All parts
pre-drilled and countersunk.