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Schaefer Mount Restoration

Started by swsands, 04/07/2011 11:04AM
Posted 04/07/2011 11:04AM | Edited 04/07/2011 11:08AM Opening Post
I am just about complete in restoring, mechanically, a Bill Schaefer mount and need some direction/ help regarding getting new drive motors and wiring installed. The mount was completely disassembled (it had been out in the weather for a long time), bead blasted, powdercoated, all new stainless hardware and many new stainless components (i.e. counterweight shaft, dec drive screw). It is a beast. It had two Hurst motors on the RA and one on the Dec with a control box containing some electronic components. They are all toast. This is a pre-1980 mount - no Schaefer lettering anywhere. BTW...how can I tell which model this is...12x vs 16x?

Anyone out there who can assist with information or resources for getting this mount fitted with new motors and wiring? I am not interested in GOTO, just a simple drive, perhaps a stepper drive system.

Thanks! I will post a couple of pictures later. They will have to be scaled down so they upload to AstroMart.