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Rotating Tube Rings

Started by Craig Burlette, 02/04/2003 08:56PM
Posted 02/04/2003 08:56PM Opening Post
I am interested in rotating tube rings for EQ mounted scopes like the Cave Astrola or Criteron types. Anyone know of a source for these? Anyone use this type of a set up? It seams to me that this would be a very desirable feature in an EQ mounted scope.
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Craig
Posted 02/10/2003 11:47AM #1
Rockler woodworking stores sell a ball-bearing Lazy Susan turntable with an inside diameter just shy of 15" for $55. This is a continuous ring, not split. It's very solidly constructed and weighs 3 1/2 lbs. I bought one and am planning to use it to construct a rotating eyepiece section on my 14" Newtonian.

Also on the subject of rings, I'm starting work on a 20" equatorial mounted truss tube scope with a rotating upper cage. I built a ring roller and have been bending a piece of 3/4 x 1/8 inch aluminum angle into a 24" diameter ring (it's a lot of work!)
Posted 02/12/2003 07:09AM #2
Thanks for the input everyone, I'm thinking about making a set for myself more as a winter time project than anything else.