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Old June 28th 04, 01:53 AM
Steve
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I had two mounts delivered to my door this weekend I have not seen
before. The first picture is of a Pentax Alt/Az geared mount. What
makes this interesting is the clutch action of the each axis. The slow
motion control rod moves in or out on bearings to enage or disengage
the gear or allow for free motion.

I am wondering if anyone has seen this mount before. I searched long
and hard on goggle (web and groups) and astromart from the beginning
of time and can find nothing. If anyone has any information on when
this mount was sold by Pentax, original price, or any advertising
history, I would be most appreciative. The mount, after several hours
work, is smooth as silk. Just amazing. (The scope mounted on top is an
Ashanti Pentax 60mm, 800mm fl.)

The second mount is a Manon. Another geared alt/az mount. My
understanding is that Manon may have been the European version of
Mayflower, the poor man's Unitron. Ill take poor if this is the mount
I can get! It is unbelieveably smooth with no slop whatsoever. the
scope on top is a Manon 60mm 700mmfl. The lens is the best of all my
small old refractors.

Once again, looking for help with age, original price, advertising,
etc.

Thanks!

Steve
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Old June 28th 04, 02:09 AM
Phil Wheeler
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Default Old Manon/Mayflower and Pentax Geared Alt/Az Mount

Steve,

If you meant to add a link to pictures, it was missing.

Phil

Steve wrote:

I had two mounts delivered to my door this weekend I have not seen
before. The first picture is of a Pentax Alt/Az geared mount. What
makes this interesting is the clutch action of the each axis. The slow
motion control rod moves in or out on bearings to enage or disengage
the gear or allow for free motion.

I am wondering if anyone has seen this mount before. I searched long
and hard on goggle (web and groups) and astromart from the beginning
of time and can find nothing. If anyone has any information on when
this mount was sold by Pentax, original price, or any advertising
history, I would be most appreciative. The mount, after several hours
work, is smooth as silk. Just amazing. (The scope mounted on top is an
Ashanti Pentax 60mm, 800mm fl.)

The second mount is a Manon. Another geared alt/az mount. My
understanding is that Manon may have been the European version of
Mayflower, the poor man's Unitron. Ill take poor if this is the mount
I can get! It is unbelieveably smooth with no slop whatsoever. the
scope on top is a Manon 60mm 700mmfl. The lens is the best of all my
small old refractors.

Once again, looking for help with age, original price, advertising,
etc.

Thanks!

Steve


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Old June 28th 04, 02:09 AM
Phil Wheeler
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Default Old Manon/Mayflower and Pentax Geared Alt/Az Mount

Steve,

If you meant to add a link to pictures, it was missing.

Phil

Steve wrote:

I had two mounts delivered to my door this weekend I have not seen
before. The first picture is of a Pentax Alt/Az geared mount. What
makes this interesting is the clutch action of the each axis. The slow
motion control rod moves in or out on bearings to enage or disengage
the gear or allow for free motion.

I am wondering if anyone has seen this mount before. I searched long
and hard on goggle (web and groups) and astromart from the beginning
of time and can find nothing. If anyone has any information on when
this mount was sold by Pentax, original price, or any advertising
history, I would be most appreciative. The mount, after several hours
work, is smooth as silk. Just amazing. (The scope mounted on top is an
Ashanti Pentax 60mm, 800mm fl.)

The second mount is a Manon. Another geared alt/az mount. My
understanding is that Manon may have been the European version of
Mayflower, the poor man's Unitron. Ill take poor if this is the mount
I can get! It is unbelieveably smooth with no slop whatsoever. the
scope on top is a Manon 60mm 700mmfl. The lens is the best of all my
small old refractors.

Once again, looking for help with age, original price, advertising,
etc.

Thanks!

Steve


 




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