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Dobsonian Mounts
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About AstroGoods Mounts:

  • Delievered as kits or completed.
    • Kits are predrilled and include all parts, ready for you to fine sand, paint or finish. Assembly is easy and we are here to advise you.
    • Completed mounts arrive assembled and ready to use. Or can be sent unassembled for lower cost shippng or international delivery.
  • Solid and collapsible designs.
    • Solid mounts are designed for maximum rigidity. Boards are internally doweled together.
  • Designed for minimum height or your specific eyepiece position. You see more when comfortable, so we build to optimize comfort.
  • Unnecessary weight removed with cutouts. Bearing cutouts allow easy lifting and transport telescope at its balance point.

How We Get You What You Want:


Custom Dobsonian Mounts
:

  • Select from two styles:
    • Solid built with internal dowels and other stiffeners.
    • Collapsible mount for easy storage and transportation.
  • Available as:
    • Kit - arrives with all parts, predrilled, 80 grit sanded. You sand, finish and assemble.
    • Finished - arrives spray finished and assembled.
    • Finished but unassembled - spray finished but not assembled. Reduces shipping costs especially internationally.
Low Cost Standard Mount Kits:

Need a mount for a 6" f/8, 8" f/6 or 10 f/4.7 telescope (1200 mm focal length)? These easy to construct solid mount with tube fitting altitude bearings kits are preset designs. Bearing tube supports are cut individually to fit differing tube diameters. For other length or width, see Custom Mounts.

Other Custom Dobsonian Mounts:

  • Tripod mount your smaller Newtonian for perfect height, rock solid performance, and ability to easily uncouple it for a table-top Dob.
  • Designs can be customized for Maksotov, Mak-Newt, Mak-Cass or Cassegrain telescopes.
  • Two telescopes on one mount? Interchange different size telescopes on one mount? We can do it!.


Custom Mounts

Specifications  
Solid mounts have internal dowels between front and side boards for rigidity. Internal and/or external stiffeners may be added.
Collapsible mounts: have all boards secured together by heavy duty anodized hinge; no loose parts. Folds flat: 5" height.


We install Sky Commander Digital Setting Circles $485.00.
Contact us for options if you already own a Sky Commander.
Solid
Collapsible
Mounts Only.

For telescopes with existing altitude bearings.

You'll be forwarded to this dimensions page after ordering.

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.

You'll be forwarded to this dimensions page after ordering.


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.

You'll be forwarded to this dimensions page after ordering.


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

Solid Mount and Altitude Bearings Kits
Kits are for telescopes with 6" f/8, 8" f/6 and 10" f/4.7 primary mirrors in approximately 48" telescope tubes. This pdf drawing shows parts for an 8" telescope in tubes to 10.25" diameter.

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 have 11.5" bearings. 8" kits have 9.5" bearings. 6" kits have 7.5" 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 mount parts, dowels, screws and other necessary hardware. Bearing surfaces are precut virgin Teflon and ebony star replacement
Formica laminate Crystal 42. All parts predrilled 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.