Our Custom Dobsonian Mounts
Mount types, how to choose what's best for you, materials used,
how we get you what you expect
Mount types available
Steady (RS) Custom Solid Series Mounts.
Collapse (SC) Custom Collapsible Series Mounts.
Solid Mounts with Bearings: Fixed design that
allows one mount to fit multiple telescope tubes.
mounts are theoretically more rigid than collapsibles,
but we've received no complaints about our collapsible
mount's rigidity. Collapsibles are primarily designed
for easy transportation and storage; folding
flat to 5" height.
each solid and collapsible mount category, four subcategory
types are available: three providing custom design,
one a fixed standard design:
Mounts - to fit telescope tubes that have altitude
Mounts and Altitude Bearings - to fit telescope
tubes without altitude bearings, or to upgrade small
to larger bearings.
Mounts with Clamshell Rings and Altitude Bearings
- allows rotation and repositioning of the telescope
Solid Mount with Bearings - fits up to 12.5"
tube diameters allowing approximately 23" swing-through
room. Ask how to fit longer tubes.
type of mount is available as a kit, or finished:
have all parts included and arrive rough sanded,
designed for ease of assembly. You fine sand, paint/finish
and assemble. Requires hammer, Phillips screwdriver,
crescent wrenches and small bottle of contact cement
for bearing laminates.
arrives completed, water resistant red tinted gloss
finish applied. Can be shipped unassembled to save
cost or meet international size restrictions. In
certain cases we may suggest sending easy to assemble
mount type will will work best for you?
your telescope have only a tube without altitude bearings?
1. Standard mount and bearings.
2. Custom mount with fitted altitude bearings.
3. Custom mount with clamshell rings and bearings.
your telescope have existing altitude bearings?
1. Standard mount and bearings.
2. Custom mount.
3. Custom mount with fitted altitude bearings: larger
bearings would improve altitude control and balance.
4. Custom mounts with clamshell rings and bearings:
improved control and balance, allows repositioning the
your telescope on an equatorial head in existing rings
you want to use?
1. Custom mount with fitted altitude bearings.
2. Custom mounts with clamshell or rings and bearings:
improved control and balance, ability to reposition
Mounts for your SCT, Mak-Newt, Mak-Cass, very long Newtonian,
refractor, or tripod mounting a small telescope.
See our other custom mounts for solutions with sufficient
stiffness to assure steadiness and comfortable eyepiece
mounts are made from 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood.
Solid mounts have 3/8" dowels inside the joints
between rocker box boards and screwed together, both
to add stiffness. Collapsible mounts fold flat to 5"
height, are one-piece with all boards connected by heavy
duty anodized aluminum hinges, and secured when assembled
using clamping knobs. Clamping knobs store on-board
when folded flat. Bearing materials are Teflon, Starboard
and Formica crystal 909-42 laminate. Rocker box is attached
to the ground board using 3/8" bolt, nylon flanged
bushing, t-nut and nylock.
How does AstroGoods get you what you want?
When you consider a custom mount
from AstroGoods, you are in control of the design.
Our customers range from those who leave it
to us and our experience, to other who prefer
participating at all levels of design. We work
with everyone to the level they choose.
We begin by discussing your goals, considering
any your requirements, possibilities or special
requests. This is where we sort out possible
from unrealistic and problem solve to achieve
your wishes. Discussion is by e-mail ensuring
we both have a record to work from.
Once the design concept is agreed upon, place
your order and we will create the design.
A drawing is generated in a CAD
program. You are e-mailed a PDF of the drawing
showing all pertinent dimensions. We ask you
review and give approval to proceed, or request
revisions. You have control over the process:
View this example PDF design
Upon your approval of the design drawing, these
dates are scheduled:
- CNC router time for cutting parts.
- Sanding parts.
- Cutting and fitting teflon and bearing laminates.
- Spray finishing if applicable.
- Estimated ship date.
We reply promptly to all customer job status
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