Building an equatorial mount for a Dobsonian-mounted telescope

Final note

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In this article series, I tried to build a working equatorial mount for a 10" Dobsonian telescope.

  1. Building an equatorial mount for a Dobsonian telescope - Getting started (Part 1)
  2. Building an equatorial mount for a Dobsonian telescope - Slow progress (Part 2)
  3. Building an equatorial mount for a Dobsonian telescope - Gear math (Part 3)
  4. Building an equatorial mount for a Dobsonian telescope - Math and lasers (Part 4)
  5. Building an equatorial mount for a Dobsonian telescope - Grinding gears (Part 5)

I know this is coming way too late (over 1 year later), but I'm sorry I didn't finish this project. I had a lot of problems getting the gears to rotate well, and even though in theory they were well positioned, real life came into play and made the plywood layers bend under the weight of the telescope, resulting in gear misalignment, resulting in gears not rotating.

I wish I could've produced some sweet images of the deep sky, but oh well! It was a great learning experience, and a reminder to take load bearings into account when designing large structures like this.

Thank you for reading!

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