CNC Manufactured AstroGoods.

  • Primary mirror masks
  • GEM tube rotating rings
  • Standard mount and altitude bearings kit.
  • Custom mounts designed to your specs.
  • Two telescopes with one mount?
  • Maks and SCT and Newts (oh my!).
  • Tripod adapt a small Grab-and-Go Dob.
  • Digital setting circles.
  • Small bearings transformed to 12 inch!
  • Small bearings fitted securely to your tube.
  • Large bearings for mirror box or big tubes.
  • Bearing supports.
  • Bearings for existing Newtonian tube rings.

Clamshell Rings

  • Newtonian mounting on an equatorial head.
  • Building a mount? Add rings and bearings.
  • Lightweight rings for smaller telescopes.
  • 6" low cost optimized.
  • 8" - 12.5" mirror optimized 6 point flotation.
  • Universal for conical or standard mirrors.

Streetlight Baffles

  • Eliminate light around your focuser.
  • Altitude and Azimuth Bearing Materials.
  • Aluminum tubes.
  • Tube end rings.
  • FRP azimuth disks and rings.
Dobsonian Mounts
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AstroGoods mounts are built using Baltic Birch plywood for strength, durability and minimal weight.

Three Mount Types:

1 - Custom Dobsonian Mounts: Built either for minimum height or to your personal optimal eyepiece position. You see more when comfortable and relaxed. Custom mounts are avaible as solid or collapsible, and as kits (require finishing and simple assembly), finished and assembled (ready to use upon arrival), or finished but unassembled (to reduce shipping cost). Pricing below is for most 8" to 12.5" telescopes. Very large mounts may slightly increase price. Prices may be lower on small mounts.

2 - Other Custom Mount types: Contact us for Dobsonian mounting a Maksotov, Mak-Newt, Mak-Cass or Cassegrain, having one mount for two telescopes, or Dob mounting on a tripod for smaller "grab-and-go" telescopes.

3 - Standard Kit Mount and Altitude Bearing:Kits are solid mounts for telescopes with 6", 8" and 10" primary mirrors in 48" telescope tubes.

Custom Mounts
Specifications  
Solid mounts: Internal dowels between rocker box boards provide joint rigidity. Internal and/or external stiffeners added if necessary.
Collapsible mounts: Boards secured by heavy duty anodized hinge; no loose parts. Folds flat: 5" height for storage/transportation.

Add Sky Commander digital setting circles $485.00 - we install. Want to use an exisiting Sky Commander? Contact us.
Solid
Collapsible
Mounts Only.

For telescopes with existing altitude bearings.

Here are the dimensions we will need.

Customer Comments

Type
Deposit Price
Solid Kit
$115.00 $230.00
Solid Finished
$160.00 $320.00
Collapsible Kit
$125.00 $250.00
Collapsible Finished
$170.00 $340.00
 
Solid
Collapsible
Mounts With Fitted Altitude Bearings.

For telescope tubes without bearings, to replace
existing bearings, or building a telescope.

Here are the dimensions we will need.

Customer Comments

Type
Deposit Price
Solid Kit
$137.50 $275.00
Solid Finished
$200.00 $400.00
Collapsible Kit
$147.50 $295.00
Collapsible Finished
$210.00 $420.00
 
Solid
Collapsible
Mounts With Clamshell Rings And Altitude Bearings.

Allows moving telescope to adjust
balance and eyepiece position.

Here are the dimensions we will need.

Customer Comments

Type
Deposit Price
Solid Kit
$162.50 $325.00
Solid Finished
$216.00 $432.00
Collapsible Kit
$172.50 $345.00
Collapsible Finished
$226.00 $452.00
 
Standard Kit Mount and Altitude Bearings
Kits are for telescopes with 6", 8" and 10" primary mirrors in approximately 48" telescope tubes. Here is a pdf sample drawing of mount parts for an 8" telescope.

Mount construction: Internal dowels in predrilled holes connect the front board, side boards and bottom board providing strength and stiffness. Boards are also screwed together with #12 wood screws capturing and hiding the dowels. Wood parts arrive rough sanded using 80 grit. Finish with paint, varnish, etc.

Altitude Bearings: 10" kits: 12" bearings. 8" kits: 10" bearings. 6" kits: 8" bearings. Curved tube-fitted braces on the inside of the bearing clamp to the tube using a 3/8" bolt through the bearing center into the tube..

All parts included: 18mm Baltic Birch plywood mouny parts, dowels, screws and other necessary hardware. Bearing surfaces are precut virgin Teflon and ebony star replacement
Formica laminate Crystal 42. All parts pre-drilled and countersunk. Required items: sandpaper, Philips screwdriver, wood glue, contact cement, paint/finish. Assembly instructions provided.
Kit Size
Tube Diameter.

Customer Comments

Solid Mounts:

"Beautiful work! Pure pleasure to use and not have to think how this or that eyepiece will affect the scope's balance" J Schwartz

"Wow!!! It's beautiful and the movements are so smooth. Thanks for a great product." W. Ferrara

"Fits better than from the factory." A. Bessler

"Mark you are an amazing Dob Mount maker." B. Stone - 8" Orion XT

"Huge improvement over the stock mount from Discovery Telescopes" J. Fisher

Collapsible Mounts:

"Thank you for the mount! It looks great." T. Campbell


"Ingenuous and folds down to a very manageable size and weight. I'm very impressed!!" G. Susick


"Just to let you know the mount (kit) went together really well." JB

"The collapsible Dob is a home run, Mark, a grand slam home run!!" J. Robinson


Solid Mount with Clamshell Rings with Altitude Bearings:

"I have received the mount and finally had a chance to try it out last night. It is awesome! It looks stunning, the movement is perfect, and I love the way it folds up." - Matt M.

"The motion is excellent and the balance is very good. Nice fit & finish all around." W. Thomas

"There is a lot of forgiveness with the balancing. Very pleased." T. McGuire

Ron had us make a mount with bearings for his 10", and clamshell rings with bearings for his 6" to fit the 10" mount: "Stand arrived this evening. Great job! Looks super, works great. The most amazing part is that it weighs 1/1,000th the weight of the original Orion stand!! Geez!! The real reason that I wanted the mount, so I could put my 6" to good use also. I had no mount for it before, now it looks good enough to sell. BUT - I won't!!" Ron DeAngelis

"Looks great Mark, can't wait to put it all together, thanks." Pat


Collapsible Mount and Clamshell Rings with Bearings:


"I have just had the best weekend, astronomy wise and all due to you.(Plus we finally have clear skies) Thank you a thousand fold, the mount just goes wonderfully, the smoothness and stability. The height is great, can’t express my gratitude and excitement enough. My family would also like to thank you as well, as they now have a happy wife and mother." Maureen Boyd, Australia


"I have stained and assembled the mount; excellent job in your design. The mount has great movement and stability, I’m really enjoying this mount." - S. Block


Specifications

Mounts have round ground boards and are designed for minimum height. Additional height for a more comfortable viewing position upon request. Parts are CNC cut for uniformity and precise fit.

Solid Mounts: Side and front boards are screwed together and contain internal dowels adding stiffness.
Tall solid mounts may have curved internal or external stiffeners for rigidity.

Collapsible Mounts save storage space and fit easily in your car. Collapsible mount boards are all attached as single unit with heavy duty anodized aluminum hinges, fold flat to 5" height and sets up in minutes. No loose parts; all knobs store securely on the rocker box bottom board.

Kit orders are predrilled with all parts included. Wood parts rough sanded with 80 grit. Teflon pieces precut, countersunk and come with screws.
Formica laminate Crystal 42 bearing strips and azimuth ring are precut to size. Parts are dry-fitted before shipping. Requires fine sanding, Philips screwdriver, 2 wrenches, glue, wood putty and paint/finish..

Finished orders arrive assembled.

New: All altitude bearings ride on supports mounted on the side boards instead of our old style on top of the side boards. This prevents lateral slip by capturing the bearings.

Tube fitting bearings have inside supports with an arc cut to fit the outside diameter of your telescope tube, and require a 3/8" bolt hole in your tube to secure it. Bearing thickness is .708". Small bearings are up to 12" diameter. Large bearings available up to 24" diameter.

Clamshell rings provide 1/8" gap around the tube (1/16" on any side). Line the inside of the rings with adhesive backed felt or weather-stripping 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 thumb screw passing through one board and screws into an anchor seated in the adjacent board. Altitude bearings are diameter of your telescope tube (up to 12").

Finished and assembled mounts can be shipped to US and Canada. Finished but unassembled mounts and Kits can be shipped worldwide.

Materials: 18mm Baltic Birch plywood, virgin Teflon, Ebony Star replacement Crystal 42 Formica laminate and assorted hardware. Finished mounts have up to four coats of fine sprayed polymer sealer with a cinnamon (reddish) tint.

Shipping: FedEx Ground domestic, USPS internationally. Contact us for a shipping cost estimate.