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Telescope Mount

Telescope Mount

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A simple idea for a telescope mount.
A simple idea for a telescope mount.

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Published by: Jim on Jun 03, 2008
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T E N -D O L L A RTE LE S C O P EM O U N T
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EADERS who built MI's Ten-DollarTelescope, which appeared in theFebruary and March issues of this mag-azine should be especially interested inthis mounting. It was especially de-signed for folks who built this job.(In case you missed these issues, theplans describing its construction areavailable for $2. Please ask for PlanNo. 8, Ten-Dollar Telescope. Send yourorder with remittance to Mechanix Il-lustrated Plans Service, Fawcett Build-ing, Greenwich, Conn.)As may be seen from the photographs
Mechanix Illustrated
 
and drawing, the mount consists of several lengths of pipe embedded in abucket of concrete. A twelve-quartgalvanized pail, stripped of its bail andhooks, serves as the base. A length of pipe bent to the proper angle forms thepolar axis.If the latitude of your town is 45°,you're in luck. You will be able to usea standard 45° elbow. If you live con-siderably further north or south of thislatitude you will have to do a bit of bending. By bending the polar axis tothe latitude of your town you havemounted your telescope "equatorially,"which means you will have to move thetelescope in only one direction to followa given star. Position the mount so thatthe polar axis is aimed directly at theNorth Star.
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WOOD BLOCKPOSITIONS PIPEEMBED PIPE LEGSN WET CONCRETE
WOOD BLOCK at bottom of pail helps keep the pipe in place. Tape prevents concretefrom entering inside of pipe. Right: Fill with concrete to within one inch of top. Below:Position the three legs before concrete sets; etching with hydrochloric acid.

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