The Telescope


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This mounting has been a long project for me. I donīt even exactly remember when I started it - its been over 10 years anyway. The story of this mounting is still shorter than the main mirrorīs (305mm dia f=1405mm). I bought the Duran 50 blank in 72? - Iīm not even sure about that either. Very soon after buying the blank, I started to make the first version of a mounting for it. (This one is the third version and hopefully the last). When making the primary optics I realized that a good telescope for my purposes is much more than just a mirror. The mounting is much more of a challenge than completing the mirror. So the mirror has been half finished for over twenty years and still is. The time to finish it, is when this mounting is ready to be installed under the dome. So, why I did not finish the mirror when the second version was finished? Well, when that mounting was ready to be tested I naturally installed my 6" scope on top of it. When quickly realizing the faults of that mounting (not good enough in my mind for photography) - I did not bother to finish the mirror. Oh well, some people like to make mirrors, I quess I like more to make mountings...

RA Shaft FORK CENTER DEC BEARING RIGHT FORK RIGHT TUBE BASE FORK LEFT DEC BEARING LEFT Base Plate


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