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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4495

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Hey guys,

I have here a Samson Eq mount. If you don't know already they are an EQ mount from the 80's that was sold by Astro-Optical. I would imagine it has a very high payload capacity as everything in it solid. The shafts are 2" or 25mm thick solid steel on both the RA and DEC axis. It has a solid Teflon RA gear and a brass worm that operates on a simple clock drive so it's not a GoTo nor has it any remotes or push button operation.

The idea was that I was going to get two new worm gear sets made/ordered for both DEC and RA axis so I could wire up a neat GoTo system and have the advantage of a high load capacity mount, but as I have come to realise that it is quiet a job considering there aren't many local machinist that could make a new set of gears requiring such precision for a reasonable price. Also, it's probably just cheaper and easier just buying a decent mount B) I did speak to Astro Optical but they couldn't really help as it's an out-of-production mount that's long past any relevant info.

It does have one counterweight as well. The clock drive has never really been properly attached either.
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4498

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Hi Tom, Have you had any interest in this mount?, is it still available?. If so I am keen.
Cheers Rick
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4507

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Hey Rick, no interest and still available more than welcome to come check it out if you like? Apologies for the late reply
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4508

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Thanks Tom, Is the price give away? If so I still feel that I should give you something..a few coldies?. Anyway I am in Mackay so I can't come and have a look, but Dave Price has offered to bring it down for me next month. I have an old Astro optical reflector (dob)that I want to restore and it would great if I could pair it with an original eq mount.
Cheers Rick
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4509

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Ha ha, na it's all good mate maybe if i'm down there some day in the future :) but Dave can pick it up and suss it out if he wishes, sounds like a good project you have going on there. I did email a fella who owned one of these that had an Argo Navis full on goto hooked up, looked pretty neat 12inch reflector bulky imaging set up but they didn't email back. Anyway, tee it up with David to pick it up or get him to message me or which ever is easiest for you. If you want any more pics or info or the worm gear setup or anything else let me know
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4512

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Thanks again Tom, I'll get onto Dave. I did price an Argo Navis kit for this type of eq mount, not much change out of $1000. Telescope parts are expensive, it always seems to be better value to buy a new scope / mount than to refit an old one. But I love the old scopes and mounts, they might be technologically limited but were usually structurally over engineered compared to some of the new stuff.
Rick
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4513

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I will grab this if it is still available?
Save me the pain of making one :D
What spare time I have of late, been making an EQ mount.
THis will save me some pain if it is still available.

...sent you an email with my contact number.
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4514

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Indeed they are expensive and getting custom made parts is even more of a process, but I guess you get the satisfaction of completing a project to your own standards.

Craziest Ozzy- Someone else has their sights set on it pretty well, just organising the pick-up but I will let you know if anything happens.

Cheers,

Thomas.
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4515

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No worries and thanks.
Keep me in mind if anything changes.
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 1 month ago #4524

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...someone help me out and tell me to stop drooling over the photo of this EQ mount
:silly: :silly: :silly:
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Give-away Samson mount 6 years 3 weeks ago #4526

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Rick, e-mail sent
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